Kathryn Boyd-Batstone, a junior at the University of Oregon, was one of seven U.S. college students to receive the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) Scholarship. Each of the seven students receive a $2,000 scholarship to go towards their college tuition the following semester.

The NPPF is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships and fellowships to deserving individuals who have demonstrated skillful capabilities in the field of photojournalism. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university in the U.S.

Torsten Kjellstrand, UO SOJC visiting assistant, explains the award as an exciting achievement for the SOJC.

“Not only is the NPPF scholarship a big deal because it honors a young photographer with fine skills as a visual journalist here at the SOJC, but it also highlights that a person with talent can be honest, cheerful and respectful while being persistent in doing great and honorable work.”

Boyd-Batstone was awarded the Bob Baxter NPPF Scholarship open to undergraduate and graduate students. The scholarship requires that the applicant submit a portfolio with up to 10 total entries. The entry may consist of a single photo, a multimedia story or a website link at which the applicant can show their work with programming and design. Boyd-Batstone submitted photos, a photo story and two multimedia pieces.

“Winning this scholarship was a very happy moment for me because it gives me some hope that maybe I can make it as a photojournalist after college,” Boyd-Batstone said. “I’ve always looked to NPPF to set the standard of visual storytelling and now to have them recognize my skills means a lot.”

–Megan Ganim, ’16 Public Relations