Scholarship application information for the 2019-20 academic year will be available fall term 2018.
Descriptions for each SOJC undergraduate scholarship can be found below.
The Lucien P. Arant Endowment Fund was established in 1979 by the Estate of Mamie C. Arant in memory of Lucien P. Arant, a longtime publisher of Oregon and Idaho newspapers and Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association president in 1952. This scholarship is awarded to students in the School of Journalism and Communication.
The Robert Bigelow Scholarship honors the late Robert Bigelow, publisher of The Lake Oswego Review and West Linn Tidings. His unparalleled enthusiasm and work ethic led him not only to be a graduate of the journalism program, and was only equaled in his commitment to serve the community. This scholarship seeks to support an incoming freshman from Lakeridge High School, Lake Oswego High School, or West Linn High School who has been active in their community, declared a Journalism pre-major, and aspires for a career in the field.
Kirsten Bolin was a 1986 School of Journalism and Communication graduate. She worked as an account executive with a Portland public relations firm until her death in 1991. Her parents established this scholarship in her memory to be awarded to uniquely gifted students in the field of public relations.
The Robert Branch Scholarship was established in 1989 by Bobby Bramlett and named in honor of his close friend, to support and inspire students to follow the ideals that guided Robert’s life; to encourage and assist students’ education at the UO; and to repay the university, in part for all it has contributed to his life.
Robert Chandler was the publisher and editor of The Bulletin in Bend for over 40 years. He also started Western Communications, which now owns eight newspapers in Oregon and California. Robert and his wife, Nancy, established this scholarship for undergraduate journalism students who display exceptional promise.
This scholarship is named in honor of SOJC Assistant Professor Brent Walth, a 1984 graduate of the SOJC. Walth is the former Managing News Editor for Willamette Week, a Pulitzer Prize winner, dogged journalist, and acclaimed author. In 2014 he was inducted to the SOJC’s Hall of Achievement. This scholarship is given to a student that manifests Walth’s uncanny aptitude in journalism and utilizes the civic role it plays in society.
The Arlyn E. Cole Scholarship Endowment Fund was established as a true financial aid endowment to be used for scholarship for students of considerable merit within the School of Journalism and Communication, with an emphasis on those seeking careers in the advertising profession.
The anonymous donor who established this scholarship did so to support undergraduate and graduate students who display exceptional academic skill and creative talent.
Emmy Award winning journalist Ann Curry graduated from the SOJC in 1978 and established the Ann Curry Scholarship Endowment in 2002. Since graduation she has left and continues to leave an undeniable mark in the world of broadcast journalism. Her unfaltering success in field that catered work towards one gender, Curry serves as an inspiration to both. As a humanitarian reporter, she has won various awards for her work. This scholarship is given to student with a focus in broadcast media and maintains a consummate professionalism in pursuit of excellence.
Corey duBrowa established the Michael T. DuBrowa Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of his late father, Michael T. DuBrowa, who was a first-generation college graduate. Preference will be given to applicants who are first-generation college attendees.
Mike and Agnes Dworshak established the Bruce Dworshak Memorial Fund in 2002 in memory of their son, Bruce, a 1975 graduate of the School of Journalism and Communication. Dworshak was a professional in the field of sports public relations, serving on the staff of two professional football teams, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, the World Cup and the Super Bowl XXVII Host Committee. This scholarship is given to a student with a compelling interest in sports public relations.
WE Communications established the WE Communications Pam Edstrom Scholarship in memory of Pam Edstrom, co-founder of WE Communications (formerly Waggener Edstrom), a public relations agency. Pam originally began her career as the director of public relations for Microsoft, shaping the public image of the company and its founder, Bill Gates, before joining Melissa Waggener to create WE Communications. The WE Communications Pam Edstrom Scholarship is awarded to two or more undergraduate students interested in an internship or career in the strategic communication industry.
John and Marybeth Egan established this scholarship in 1998 in honor of John Edward Egan II, their son, who passed away in 1996.
John Edward Egan II was an SOJC student that aspired to be a screenwriter and graduated with a degree in Telecommunicationsand Film. He went on to have a successful career in Hollywood, notably workingon the film Kicking and Screaming.
The scholarship is awarded based on financial need as well as academic achievement, and is renewable for up to four years as long as the student continues to meet the high standard set before them. The purpose of this scholarship is to allow students to live the full college experience without the additional burden of part- or full-time work.
Greg Flakus and his wife Carol, established the Greg and Carol Flakus Scholarship Fund to support students in the School of Journalism and Communication that have a focus in broadcast journalism.
Alton F. Baker, Jr. established the Robert B. Frazier Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1977 in honor of Robert B. Frazier. Frazier was a 1948 School of Journalism and Communication graduate and served as an editorial writer and later as the editorial page editor for The Register-Guard. He has been described as the “complete newspaperman,” excelling as a reporter, feature writer, editor, and columnist. This scholarship is given to a student of strong academic background who has the intention of pursuing a career in news writing/editing.
The purpose of the Henry Gatton Ethics in Media Scholarship Fund is to to encourage journalistic integrity and character of students. This award will go to those individuals who have exemplified courage, accuracy and fairness, thereby demonstrating ethics in media reporting and encouraging public trust in the media. The Gatton Scholarship may be given annually to a qualified junior or senior, majoring in Journalism with a focus in broadcasting, print, or new media publishing. Eligible students must be enrolled at the University of Oregon when the nominated work is published. The nominated work must be published in a regularly distributed medium (e.g. a student or professional newspaper, magazine, broadcast, or cablecast news program, or an edited internet publication).
The School of Journalism and Communication’s Hall of Achievement Fund was established in 1998 to celebrate the history of the school and to honor the accomplishments of its graduates. In 2002, the Hall of Achievement Student Fund was created. The program serves to inspire SOJC students by connecting them to the school’s ever-growing legacy of journalistic excellence.
Richard and Beverly Sept are alumni of the School of Journalism and Communication and longtime supporters of their alma mater. Both fondly remember their time inside Allen Hall and established the Holmes-Sept Endowment Fund to assist future students make their own timeless memories in the SOJC.
John Hulteng was a former dean and professor at the UO’s School of Journalism and Communication, as well as a success in the newspaper industry. He was inducted into the SOJC Hall of Achievement in 1999. In 1989, John and his wife, Elizabeth, established this scholarship to be awarded to journalism majors based on financial need and premier scholastic ability.
To provide scholarships for underserved students with demonstrated financial need to attend the School of Journalism and Communication, with preference given for women of color.
Lorry I. Lokey, philanthropist and former owner of Business Wire, a news release service, established this scholarship in 2007. His goal was to attract the best and brightest young minds to the UO, and provide a catalyst for developing outstanding future leaders for the journalism and communication industries. Its purpose is to provide support for the School of Journalism and allow a student with great potential the chance to succeed.
Alan Maltun is a 1974 graduate of the School of Journalism and Communication. A former Los Angeles Times reporter, he founded Maltun Communications and worked for many years as a public relations consultant before joining Abernathy MacGregor in 1998. The Alan and Gail Maltun News/Editoral Scholarship was created to provide support for a student of notable scholastic achievement with a focus news journalism in the SOJC.
Dr. Maxwell led a very successful career as a copywriter at agencies in California before she joined the University of Oregon as an Associate Professor of Advertising. She took on the role of the Allen Hall Advertising advisor, and began research on the emergence of account planning in the U.S. This led her to create the first account planning class to be taught at a major university. She created this scholarship to be awarded to students who have shown distinctive merit in their work with Allen Hall Advertising.
Joyce McHolick and her husband, William, established this scholarship before she passed away. It is awarded to an academically outstanding senior in advertising and public relations who exudes an altruistic nature and is committed to volunteerism. The scholarship recipient must have earned and must maintain a 3.50 or better GPA in all courses at the UO. The student must carry a minimum of 14 credit hours during each term that he or she utilizes the scholarship.
Betty Metzler established the Ken Metzler Memorial Scholarship in memory of her late husband Ken Metzler. Ken was a well loved retired School of Journalism and Communication faculty member and talented author. Betty and Ken were longtime supporters of the SOJC and the University. This scholarship recognizes students of distinguished proficiency with majors within the School of Journalism and Communication.
Sam Moss created the Ronnie Owens Moss Memorial Scholarship in honor of his late wife Ronnie Moss, who graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication.
Lyle Nelson enjoyed a career serving many different roles in public relations and was a beloved SOJC professor. Many students have referred to Nelson as the catalyst for their success. In addition to his students’ careers, he is most remembered for the John S. Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship Program. In wake of his death, his widow, Corrine Nelson, established this scholarship to be awarded to a student who has demonstrated ability and potential in public relations through work at the Oregon Daily Emerald.
The George Pasero Memorial Scholarship in Sports Journalism was established in honor of George Pasero, a 1940 graduate of the UO and distinguished sports writer. His column, “Pasero Says,” ran in the Oregonian for 41 years. He is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and was inducted into the School of Journalism and Communication’s Hall of Achievement in 2006.
1986 SOJC alumna Mary Sakakibara established the Mary Sakakibara Poss Scholarship to provide support for students in the School of Journalism and Communication.
The Warren C. Price Memorial Fund was established in 1967 in honor of this “one-of-a-kind” School of Journalism and Communication professor. During his time at the University of Oregon, Price served as the editor of Journalism Quarterly and twice as acting dean of the School. He also established the Kappa Tau Alpha journalism honor society. Price had a great interest in the history of journalism and its importance to democracy, and this scholarship seeks to recognize students of excellence who share his passion.
In 2006, the Dean Rea Scholarship was created after Rea’s induction into the School of Journalism and Communication’s Hall of Achievement. Several alumni of the School of Journalism and Communication created the fund in his name to honor his years of service to the school.
This scholarship honors David ‘60; MS ’65 and the late Janice Rianda ‘61. As undergraduates, Dave and Jan raised the bar in all the endeavors they undertook. Jan received her journalism degree in 1961. She was a staff member at the Oregon Daily Emerald, a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and a member of the women’s journalism honorary, Theta Sigma Phi. Upon graduation, she became a senior staff writer at the University’s News Bureau. Dave, a history alum who later received a masters degree from the Journalism School kept busy as the business manager of the Oregana (yearbook), ASUO Senate, a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity and a member of Friars (senior honorary). They have established this scholarship to assist a senior student with an interest in news editorial journalism, strong financial need, that have/will maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA and is an Oregon resident.
The Robert W. Sawyer Memorial Scholarship was established to provide support for students at the SOJC.
Janice Sharar established the Earl “Kurtis” Sharar Memorial Fund in honor of her late husband, Earl “Kurtis” Sharar, who was a graduate of the School of Journalism and Communication.
The late Randy Shilts graduated in 1977 and established the Randy Shilts Scholarship in 1993. He was a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Shilts was awarded the UO Alumni Association’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in 1993 and was inducted into the SOJC’s Hall of Achievement in 1998. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in the Journalism sequence within the School of Journalism and Communication.
Paul L. Smith established this scholarship, in memory of his wife, Janet Beigal Smith in 1986. Janet was an outstanding high school teacher and adviser in journalism. Smith was a national high school newspaper journalism award winner and later served as public information officer for the Portland Public School System. This scholarship will be awarded to students in the School of Journalism and Communication. First consideration will be given to applicants who intend to become high school journalism teachers.
Gretchen Starr was a journalism graduate from Arizona State University who worked for Youth Care in Seattle, serving homeless and runaway children. She passed away in 2003. In memory of her, her parents, Rick and Janet Starr, established this scholarship to be awarded to exemplary students in the School of Journalism and Communication, with a preference for journalism majors.
Beulah Stephens was a successful journalist at several newspapers. She created this scholarship in support of undergraduate students who have demonstrated achievement in the School of Journalism and Communication.
The Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon Foundation and friends and family of Wally Jo Tharp established the Wally Jo Tharp Memorial Scholarship in 2001. This scholarship serves to honor her thirty years of service to the University of Oregon and the UO Foundation.
The Ken Warren Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarships to students in the School of Journalism and Communication. This scholarship will be awarded to undergraduate or graduate students on the basis of significant academic achievement and financial need. First consideration is given to applicants who are pursuing a career in public/educational media.
Dan Wieden established the Duke Wieden Scholarship in memory of his father, the late Duke Wieden. This scholarship will support any area in the School of Journalism and Communication for a student who is interested in creative work. Preference given to a Caldera student, but it is not required.
The Jack and Marci Williams Scholarship was established in 2008 by Jack and Marci Williams. Jack was the 6 PM News Anchor for WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. With support of his wife Marci, in 1981 he founded Wednesday’s Child, a non-profit adoption agency. All students majoring in journalism and communication are eligible for this scholarship but preference is given to students who were adopted or were in foster care.
The Larry R. Williams Scholarship was established in 1999 by Larry Williams, in grateful recognition of the practical education Professor Max Wales provided to so many School of Journalism and Communication students, himself included. The purpose of this scholarship is to reward talent and motivation, not grades. “Max told it like it was so we could deal with the world as it was,” said Williams.
The Richard and Mary Williams Scholarship provides support for students in the School of Journalism and Communication.
Bill Winter was a beloved advertising professor in the School of Journalism and Communication. Students and colleagues in funded the Willis Winter Presentation Room his honor, which is located in Allen Hall. This endowment fund was established in 2004 in remembrance of him and the undeniable mark he left on the SOJC.