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The Sacramento Press Club is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists through college scholarships. In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through monthly luncheons featuring news makers from throughout the nation.

2019 Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Honorees

Today's media landscape is one of many challenges, not least of which is the difficult work still ahead to find a sustainable business model for journalism. We know it will take talent and smarts to conquer those challenges. That's why we were proud to announce seven recipients of our 2019 Sacramento Press Club scholarships. They come from different backgrounds and have different goals. But all seven are connected to the Sacramento region and are committed to making a difference as a journalist. 

The $4000 Nereida Skelton Scholarship goes to Adria Watson. Adria has worked full time and part time jobs to put herself thru community college and now Sac State -- and she's still made time to report and edit at her school newspapers. In addition to her work for the Hornet, Adria recently accepted a summer internship at CalMatters.

The $4000 Gillam Scholarship goes to Hannah Holzer. Hannah won her first national journalism award for the Granite Bay Gazette while still in high school. She spent last summer at The Sacramento Bee and is pursuing a career as an investigative reporter. 

The $4000 Virginia Ellis scholarship goes to Nick Pecoraro. A father of two, he is attending Sac State and working full time as a sports reporter for Gold Country Media. 

The $4000 Lisa Ling Scholarship goes to Barbara Harvey. She started at American River College, where she led the student newspaper to its first-ever Journalism Association of Community Colleges Pacesetter Award. Then at Sac State, she was editor of The State Hornet. She is a New Media student at UC Berkeley School of Journalism. 

The $6000 Jean Stephens scholarship goes to Kellen Browning. He is a student at Pomona College. He has worked at the Sacramento Bee and spent the Fall covering politics for the McClatchy DC bureau. He's now editor and chief of his college newspaper and is headed to a breaking news reporting job at The Boston Globe.

The $8000 Earl "Squire" Behrens Scholarship goes to Meghan Bobrowsky of Scripps College. She worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer last summer. While at the Davis Enterprise in high school, she won the 2017 Journalism Education Association's National High School Journalist of the Year competition.

Thank to to our scholarship committee co-chairs Joyce Terhaar and Sophia Bollag.

SPC would like to extend a special thank you to T-Bones Island Barbecue for catering our April 22, 2019 Legislative Reception.


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