INF Awards 10 Scholarships

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Monday, May 1, 2017

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INF awards ten scholarships

Ten Iowa students have been selected as recipients of Iowa Newspaper Foundation scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarships are awarded to students preparing for careers in the journalism.

This year’s award recipients include-

Carter Pitts/Le Mars Daily Sentinel Scholarship, $500: Julianna Cassutt will graduate from West Delaware High School and attend the Iowa State University.

Carter Pitts Scholarship Endowment Award, $500: Michael Pierre Aragon-Jacques from West Liberty High will attend the University of Iowa following graduation.

Iowa Journalism Institute Scholarship, $1,000: A graduate of Marshalltown High School, Emily Barske is currently attending Iowa State University.

David W. Belin Scholarship, $1,000: Sydney Upah graduated from South Tama County High School and is currently attending Iowa State University.

Iowa Newspaper Foundation Scholarship, $500: A graduate of Bettendorf High School, Alexandra Conner is currently attending Iowa State University.

E. K. Shaw Scholarship, $1,200: A graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Gabrielle Leitner is currently attending University of Northern Iowa.

Fred W. Woodward Scholarship, $500: Angelica Reyes will graduate from North High School and attend Drake University.

Iowa College Media Association Scholarship, $1,000: Cheyann Neades will attend Drake University following graduation from Des Moines North High School.

Morlan Scholarship, $1,000: Annika Wall will attend Wartburg College following graduation from Jesup High School.

Robert K. and Evelyn M. Reiste Memorial Scholarship, $1,000: Colton Spaur will attend the University of Iowa following graduation from Twin Cedars High School.

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation received more than 80 applications for the ten scholarships. These annual scholarships are one way the INF contributes to the education of young Iowans anticipating newspaper careers.

The Iowa Newspaper Foundation is grateful to the Woodward Foundation for its support of the Fred W. Woodward Scholarship. The scholarship honors the late Fred W. Woodward, longtime publisher of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, and is given to a student at a college or university in Iowa, Illinois, or Wisconsin. The INF also appreciates the support of the Shaw Newspapers board of directors for it’s funding of the E.K. Shaw Scholarship Endowment Fund. E. K. Shaw was the long-time publisher of the Newton Daily News. This scholarship is awarded to children of men and women who work for Iowa newspapers.

The David W. Belin Scholarship is awarded to a student attending or planning to attend the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University and is in conjunction with the Iowa Journalism Institute awards, which are funded through a gift to the Iowa Newspaper Foundation given by Gary Gerlach and Michael Gartner. The late David W. Belin was a nationally recognized lawyer and longtime business partner of Gerlach and Gartner.

Two scholarships are given in memory of Carter Pitts, longtime publisher of the Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the first president of the Iowa Newspaper Foundation. The Carter Pitts/Le Mars Daily Sentinel Scholarship is funded by an annual gift from the Daily Sentinel. The Carter Pitts Scholarship Endowment Award was set up through a gift established by members of the Pitts family.

The Morlan Scholarship is given in memory of Frank Morlan, a longtime Iowa newspaper owner. The student awarded will be enrolling in a two-year or four-year journalism program at an Iowa institution of higher learning or is currently enrolled at an Iowa institution of higher learning. The Iowa Newspaper Foundation scholarship is provided through contributions from Iowa newspapers and the Pages for the 21st Century program.

The Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) Scholarship is offered to a student attending a college or university with a membership in ICMA.

The Robert K. and Evelyn M. Reiste Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student focusing on journalism with a community newspaper or family owned business interest.

The INF will offer scholarships for students again next year. Online application will be available to all public and private high schools in Iowa as well as college and university journalism and mass communication departments. Look for more information on the Iowa Newspaper Association website at in September 2017.

The mission of the INF, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation, is to champion and improve the quality and future of Iowa’s newspaper enterprises and the communities they serve and to raise funds to fulfill this mission.


Jana Shepherd
Program Director
Iowa Newspaper Foundation
319 East 5th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-1931