MCJ students honored at scholarship reception

Dozens of students in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department were honored at the annual scholarship reception on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Vintage Room at Fresno State.

ABC 30 Scholarship

Recipient: Judith Saldivar

The ABC 30 Journalism Scholarship was created in January 2010 and has become the department’s largest scholarship. It is given to a broadcast student interested in Central Valley’s emerging cultures. Eligible students must be studying an aspect of broadcast journalism. 

Bernard A. Shepard Journalism/Public Relations Scholarship

Recipients: Lindsay Haworth, Mariya Zheleva, Erika Castanon, Abigail Escobar, Carissa Schwabenland

Dr. Bernard “Bernie” Shepard was a key element of the Fresno State Journalism Department for the better part of 30 years. It was his efforts within the department from which the public relations program grew. Shepard passed away in the late 1980s but is survived by this scholarship. A former student, the late Gary Simpson, funded the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students who excel in their field of study and demonstrate a financial need. 

Paul V. Sheehan Journalism Grant

Recipient: Mary Kate Paquette

The late Dr. Paul Sheehan was the founder of the Fresno State Department of Journalism, which later became MCJ. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need and educational promise to an upper-division or graduate student. 

Fresno Bee Scholarship

Recipient: Hannah Ragsdale

This scholarship was created in the mid- 1970s and is generously funded by The Fresno Bee. 

Darrell Copeland III Mass Communication and Journalism Scholarship

Recipient: Jordan Kemp

Each year since Darrell Copeland III passed away at age 25 in 2011, his parents, Darrell and Diana, have organized large softball tournaments and craft boutiques to raise money to establish a scholarship endowment in their son’s name. DC3 (as he was affectionately known) was a standout MCJ graduate who served as sports editor at The Collegian and was kick-starting his career in PR/marketing. But he’s most known for his lifelong passion for Fresno State sports, sharing his community pride with others in his booming voice as he cheered the ‘Dogs from the stands. The scholarship is awarded to MCJ majors who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an interest in pursuing sports journalism. 

Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship

Recipient: Diana Giraldo

The Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship was established in spring 2006 in honor and memory of former Collegian Editor-in-Chief Nathan Hathaway. Hathaway was passionate about journalism and headed for an extraordinary career. When he approached graduation in fall 2005, he had held editor positions at The Collegian for more than three years and had also completed five internships at major U.S. newspapers during the summers. He maintained a near 4.0 GPA. Hathaway planned to become a sports writer and eventually an editor, but near the end of his final semester, he suffered a cerebral aneurysm on campus and died a few days later at age 26. The Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship recipient must be planning a career in print journalism and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Robert Asahina Scholarship

Recipients: Kelly Aoki, Heather Goldman, Eric Ucelo

This scholarship was created to honor Dr. Roberta Asahina upon her 2009 induction into the Mass Communication and Journalism Alumni & Friends Hall of Fame. Asahina has taught advertising at Fresno State for more than three decades and is the adviser for Alpha Delta Sigma, the student advertising club. Over the years, Asahina has coached hundreds of students in the National Student Advertising Competition, which involves development of a national advertising campaign. In 2000, she was inducted into the Central California Advertising and Marketing Hall of Fame. 

Roger Tatarian Journalism Grant

Recipients: Brenda Nashelly Antonio, Courtney Johnson, Elisa Navarro

Like the Journalism Department Scholarship, this grant is funded by a donation from Hubert “Rick” Richert in honor of Roger Tatarian. It is awarded to entering freshmen, transfer, or enrolled students demonstrating an interest in journalism, and preference is given to minority students. 

Dayle H. Molen Journalism Scholarship

Recipient: David Chavez

Dayle H. Molen was a member of the faculty of the Fresno State Department of Journalism from the mid-1960s until his retirement in the mid-1980s. This scholarship is funded by contributions from his colleagues and students and is awarded to students majoring in print journalism of sophomore or higher class standing. 

Merlyn D. Burris Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Ben Burnshide

Josie Burriss, wife of late professor Merlyn Burris, created this scholarship in his honor shortly after his death in 2001. Burris was a professor of radio-television production for 37 years at Fresno State. 

Benck Family Scholarship

Recipient: Kelly Aoki

Family & friends of Ernie & June Benck have established an endowment fund, which will provide scholarships to Fresno State students. These scholarships are awarded in even numbered years to a journalism major and in odd numbered years to a creative poetry writing major enrolled in the master of fine arts program. 

Stanley Stemmer Beaubaire Memorial Grant

Recipients: Abigail Escobar, Tania Gonzalez, Emily Lazaro-Salgado, Christian Motto, Breanna Walker

Stanley Stemmer was a publisher for the Hanford Sentinel. He was on his way to Los Angeles for a business meeting when he met his untimely death. The plane crashed in the late 1940s, and shortly after losing their son, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel M. Beaubaire established the Stanley Stemmer Beaubaire Memorial Grant in his honor. The grant is awarded annually to entering or already enrolled MCJ students exhibiting financial need. Preference for the grant is given to students from the Kings County area in California. 

Charles L. Palmer Memorial Grant

Recipient: Brittany Sosa

Charles “Charlie” Palmer was a newspaper man turned public relations practitioner. Palmer got his PR start as a practitioner for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company for many years. Palmer passed away in the later 1960s. This grant was established by his beloved family members, friends and colleagues. Preference for this grant is given to students on the basis of financial need, educational promise and an interest in journalism as a career. 

MCJ/Journalism Department Scholarship

Recipients: Natalie Nigg, Laura Tsutsui

The scholarship is funded by a grant from the late Hubert “Rick” Richert, who was editor of The Collegian from 1936–37. Richert established the scholarship in honor of his friend and fellow student from that period, Roger Tatarian, who went on to become editor and vice president of United Press International. 

Jim Zaillian Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: July Cruz

Jim Zaillian was a Fresno State alumnus who became one of the most prominent radio journalists in California. He eventually became the news director at KNX News Radio in Los Angeles. This scholarship was established by his friends and colleagues and is awarded to upper-division students planning a career in broadcast journalism. 

Arthur Margosian Journalism Scholarship

Recipients: Victoria Broomfield, Carissa Schwabenland

The late Dr. Arthur Margosian was a member of the department of journalism for 30 years before his retirement in the 1980s. He worked in journalism and public relations, and he headed the public relations option after Dr. Bernard Shepard retired. This scholarship was established through donations received from the community and is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in public relations. 

Sid Hosking Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Recipient: Omar Lopez

The late Sid Hosking Jr. was a World War II veteran and Fresno State journalism graduate who spent his entire career at the Visalia Times-Delta. This scholarship was established by his colleagues and friends and is awarded to a journalism major.

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