U of O Senior Earns Scholarship

7/9/2014, 12:50 p.m.
Kelsy L. Alston

Kelsy L. Alston, an upcoming senior at the University of Oregon, was the first recipient of 40 $1,000 journalism scholarships awarded by the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation scholarship committee during the NNPA’s annual convention June 25-28 in Portland.

This is the fourth year in which the foundation has awarded journalism scholarships to deserving students throughout the nation. Students receiving the awards must be majoring in journalism, mass communications, muti-media or English and must have at least a 3.0 average in their major field. They are also chosen based on a recommendation from a school official and the candidate must also write an essay on why they think they deserve the scholarship.

Alston received a strong recommendation from Dr. Karla Kennedy, scholastic journalism outreach coordinator at the University of Oregon. Kennedy also attended the awards banquet during the NNPA convention.

The foundation has awarded a total of 116 journalism scholarships over the past three years with the help of generous sponsors. The support for the upcoming year includes Ford, General Motors, Pepsico and Chrysler. The chairperson of the NNPAF scholarship committee is Jackie Hampton, publisher of the Mississippi Link newspaper in Jackson, Miss.