2020-2021 student award and scholarship recipients

Congratulations to the students who have received scholarships and fellowships, made possible thanks to our donors. This list was compiled on October 2, 2020. As more campus and college awards and honors are given throughout the year, the recipients will be added to this list.


Betty Hinckle Dunn Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Lyman Dunn, a graduate of the University, established this scholarship in memory of his wife at the time of her death. Mrs. Dunn was a journalism graduate and a longtime officer of Women in Communications. Mr. Dunn died in 1986. The fund supports an undergraduate scholarship and an annual public lecture by a distinguished journalist.

  • Delaney Appelhans


Brett Lerner Memorial Scholarship in Journalism
This scholarship celebrates the life of Brett Lerner whose untimely death in 2015 lead to an outpouring of support from the campus community and across the country. Brett was a junior studying journalism who inspired many with his tremendous talent, professionalism, and drive to succeed. Those closest to Brett knew him as a very bright young man with an amazing future ahead of him in the sports broadcasting field. His parents, Richard and Susan Pomerantz, were instrumental in establishing the fund and providing a way for family members, friends, and Brett’s many professional and personal connections to honor his legacy. The Lerner Scholarship is awarded to a talented undergraduate student with a passion for journalism and demonstrated experience working for a high school or college newspaper or other journalism work experience.

  • Josh Pietsch


C&U Poster Advertising Company Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a senior majoring in advertising. It was created by Kip Pope to honor Robert P. Pope and Barbara G. Pope and in memory of Fred and Bertha Gillingham. Mr. Pope is the former president of C&U Poster.

  • Xinyi Li


C. Arthur and Eleanor Hemminger Scholarship
The late Eleanor Garm Hemminger was a 1939 graduate of the University, and established this endowment through her estate. Arthur Hemminger was a 1930 journalism graduate. Scholarships are presented to deserving undergraduate media students.

  • Eric Catania
  • Javen Joerger
  • Joanna Lee
  • Jennifer Li
  • Giovanni Ortega-Flores
  • Amil Styles
  • Ellen Thomas
  • Makayla Wilson


C.O. “Doc” Erickson Scholarship in Journalism
This scholarship was established in 2006 by the late University of Illinois alumnus and film producer C.O. “Doc” Erickson, who worked with many Hollywood directors, including Alfred Hitchcock on “To Catch a Thief” and “Vertigo,” and with John Houston on “The Misfits.” The scholarship is presented to undergraduate students enrolled in journalism.

  • Audrey Piemontese


Calvin Hugy Scholarship
This endowment was established from the Calvin E. Hugy estate. Mr. Hugy was a 1950 journalism graduate. He retired as vice president of Pacific Eurpac Service, Inc., of Greenwich, Connecticut. The scholarship is presented to deserving undergraduate media students.

  • Mary Adam
  • Tyler Belisle
  • Andrew Daly
  • Annalee Mattson
  • Jiawei Pei
  • Lincoln Rogers


Cardiss Collins Scholarship for Diversity in Advertising
Established by the American Advertising Federation in 1996 to honor Illinois’ first black congresswoman, Rep. Cardiss Collins, this scholarship is awarded to a minority student intending to pursue advertising studies.

  • William Morrow


Carl and Ruth S. Stephens Scholarship
The Stephens family bequeathed a farm to the College of Communications in the mid-1980s. Proceeds from its operation and eventual sale in 1990 have been used to endow this scholarship for journalism students who demonstrate academic merit and/or financial need.

  • Charrice Jones
  • Justin Malone


Charles G. Sotir Journalism Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible from funds donated by alumnus Charles G. Sotir and his wife, Mary, of Evanston, Illinois. The award is given to a journalism undergraduate student with academic merit.

  • Zulema Herrera


Christopher Allen Scholarship
The Christopher L. Allen Scholarship is awarded to academically meritorious juniors and seniors enrolled in the College of Media or in the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  The scholarship was established in memory of Christopher Allen, a 1983 graduate of Illinois who had an outstanding political career, both at the state and national levels.

  • Michael DeLuca
  • Garrett Miller
  • Ivan Sanchez


College of Media Alumni Scholarship
Established in 1943 by alumni donations, this endowment provides awards to outstanding College of Media students, based on scholarship, character and professional achievement.

  • Margaret Morris


College of Media Annual Fund Scholarship
These scholarships are funded through contributions to the College of Media Annual Fund from alumni and friends. They are given to students based on their scholarship, character and professional achievement.

  • Noah Cowell
  • Zhen Qin
  • Zoe Replinger
  • Liang-Ke Zhao


College of Media Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is made available each year to outstanding undergraduate students within any college degree program and is based on financial need, academic merits, or both. Gifts to the fund are made annually by alumni and friends.

  • Ayesha Baweja
  • Carmel Elyssia Bumaa
  • Emma Wilbur


Daily Illini Journalism Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2020 by Sarah Min (BS '93, journalism) and Matthew Pincus of the Sarah Min and Matthew Pinkus Foundation, to benefit undergraduate journalism students who are committed to working at least one semester at The Daily Illini. Sarah Min is a digital media consultant in New York City.

  • Carson Gourdie


Daniel and Nancy Balz Endowed Fund in Journalism
In 2013, Dan and Nancy Balz brought their love of an Illinois education to life by establishing their first scholarship. Dan received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism and went on to be an internationally recognized correspondent for The Washington Post. Nancy has degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Library and Information Science. The fund from their endowment will be used for either scholarship or internship support for journalism students in the College of Media.

  • Jonna Harris


David Shaul Endowed Scholarship in Journalism
David Shaul (BS '63, journalism), personified what local television news should be. He was an integral part of Champaign-Urbana, as a professional broadcaster and citizen, for more than five decades. He was an ethical journalist known for his experience, professionalism and rich knowledge of central Illinois. He set the standard for quality television journalism and was honored by several friends and family who created this scholarship in his honor in 2018. The scholarship honors an undergraduate journalism student based on academic merit.

  • Josefina Alameda


Deanna Frautschi and Alan Bedell Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in 2018 by Deanna Frautschi (BS ’70) and her husband Alan Bedell, to benefit College of Media juniors and seniors, regardless of their major. Deanna retired after a 33-year career as executive vice president of communications and human resources for COUNTRY Financial and wants College of Media students to reap the benefits of an Illinois education, just as she did.

  • Grace Tessitore


Donald E. Chamberlain Journalism Scholarship
This award is presented to outstanding journalism students on the basis of academic performance and promise of success in the field. The award was established in 1956 by the Illinois Legislative Correspondents Association in memory of Mr. Chamberlain. The ILCA dates back to 1946. Mr. Chamberlain worked with state and legislative leaders to establish modern pressroom facilities for the association in 1947.

    • Scarlett O’Hara


    Donald P. Mullally Internship at Illinois Public Media
    A scholar and true visionary for public radio and television, Don Mullally served as General Manager at the NPR and PBS stations licensed to the University of Illinois from the early 1970s until his retirement in 2005 – well into the Internet age.  The Donald P. Mullally Endowment was established with gifts made in his honor at the time of his retirement. Mullally passed away in early 2015. Interest from the endowed fund supports a paid internship at WILL in the fall and spring semesters each year.

    • Olivia Butts


    Ed Wilks Memorial Scholarship in Journalism
    This scholarship was established in 1988 by the Ambassadors, a St. Louis charitable and civic organization. Mr. Wilks graduated from the University of Illinois in 1950 and went on to a fine career in journalism. He worked with The Associated Press and for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he was executive sports editor for most of his 34 years in the business. This scholarship is for undergraduate journalism students interested in newspaper careers.

    • Owen Henderson


    Florence Hood Miner Scholarship in Journalism
    This endowment was established in 1998 by Florence Hood Miner of Castle Rock, Colorado. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students in journalism, with a preference to students working for The Daily Illini or a similar student newspaper.

    • Jackson Janes


    Forsyth Family Endowed Scholarship
    Created in 2014 by Illinois alumni Bill and Martha Forsyth, this renewable scholarship is awarded based on academic merit. The Forsyths know that media is a rapidly changing industry. This scholarship will help students gain the experience they need to make an impact in the industry and be innovative leaders.

    • Gianna Sobieski


    Gerald P. Johnson Scholarship
    A 1951 graduate of Illinois, Gerald Johnson was an engaged community member and great enthusiast of local sports. To honor Gerry and his lifelong interest in sports broadcasting, his family established the Gerald P. Johnson Endowment Fund in the fall of 2013. The fund provides merit-based awards for either scholarships or internships to undergraduates with an interest in broadcast journalism.

    • Anthony Pasquale


    Gerald Robert Bland Scholarship
    Established by Wilma R. Bland from her estate to honor her late husband, Gerald Robert Bland, this scholarship is presented to students in journalism.

    • Jesus Islas


    Glenn Hanson Scholarship in Visual Communication
    Presented in honor of longtime journalism faculty member Glenn Hanson, this scholarship is awarded to a journalism student studying graphic arts.

    • Shelbi Voss


    Glenn Holman Roberts Journalism Scholarship
    This award was established by the late Glenn H. Roberts, a 1947 University of Illinois journalism graduate. Mr. Roberts retired after 39 years as the vice president of research for The Des Moines Register and then was the head of his own research firm. The fund provides scholarships to juniors or seniors who have proven ability in journalism courses, have extracurricular journalistic experience and demonstrate a particular interest in print journalism.

      • Tristen Kissack


      Goldie Maxine Cord and Marcus Franklin Cord Scholarship
      This scholarship was established in memory of Goldie Maxine Cord, a 1936 journalism graduate. The scholarship is presented to a third-year journalism student.

      • Jada Fulcher


      H. Maxine Gladding Greenwood Scholarship
      This award was established in 2001 by James Greenwood to honor his wife, Maxine, a 1938 journalism graduate. Mrs. Greenwood was a feature writer for the Moline Daily Dispatch and was the first woman on its display advertising staff. The fund provides scholarships, fellowships and teaching awards as appropriate. Students receiving scholarships are chosen for academic achievement and financial need.

      • Luis Velazquez-Perez


      Harold E. and Dorothy Johnson Sortor Journalism Scholarship
      This scholarship was established in 1988 by Harold E. and Dorothy Johnson Sortor of Savannah, Georgia, who wished to acknowledge their appreciation to the University of Illinois by providing financial recognition to outstanding journalism students. The scholarship is based on academic merit.

      • Vivian La


      Helen C. and Theodore B. Peterson Scholarship
      This scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Theodore B. Peterson, former dean of the College of Communications, now the College of Media. Dean Peterson’s wife, Helen Peterson, passed away in 2007, and the scholarship now bears both of their names.

      • Chrisoula Motamed


      Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Scholars Graduate Fellowship
      In honor of the late Ted Peterson, former Dean of the College of Communications and magazine journalism giant, this fellowship is awarded based upon academic merit and professional promise to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Journalism.

      • Raleigh Butler
      • Briana Collins
      • Da Yeon Eom (Spring 2021)
      • Gavin Good
      • Tatiania Perry


      Iris Chang Journalism Award
      This award was established in memory of Iris Chang by her family and friends. Ms. Chang was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and grew up in Champaign-Urbana, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Illinois in 1989. She established herself as an invaluable source of information about Asia, human rights and Asian American history with her international best seller, The Rape of Nanking. Seniors in journalism are eligible.

      • Tsz Ham (Kevin) Tai


      Jay Lin Scholarship
      Jay Lin (MS '89, advertising), the first mainland Chinese student to receive a master’s degree from oversees, created the Jay Lin Scholarship Fund in 2018. It was his dream to someday give back to the University of Illinois’ next generation of advertising students after receiving support via the James Webb Young Scholarship when he was a student. This scholarship honors an advertising student in the college.

      • Caroline Field


      Joe Sutton Honorary Scholarship
      This award was established by the late June Sleeman, University of Illinois journalism alumna, and her late husband, Tom Sleeman, who was president of Unocal Chemicals in Los Angeles, to honor Joe Sutton, former assistant dean, associate professor in journalism and editor of Illinois Alumni News. Joe was a key person in the instructional program of the Department of Journalism and had the responsibility for the core of news writing and editing courses. The award provides a scholarship to a female print journalism student enrolled in the College of Media—who is or has been on the staff of The Daily Illini—on the basis of academic performance and promise of success in journalism.

      • Carolina Garibay


      John Russell Heitman Fellowship (Summer 2020)
      Mildred Yates Heitman created this fund in 1992 in honor of her husband who taught journalism at the University of Illinois in the 1930s.  Mr. Heitman owned the Lake Forester newspaper and Heitman Printing plant in Lake Forest.  Mrs. Heitman grew up in Rantoul and was a graduate of the university.  The fund supports graduate fellowships and assistantships in journalism.

      • Isaiah Baba
      • Daria Makhneva


      John H. and Sylvia N. Schacht Memorial Scholarship
      John Schacht was a longtime journalism faculty member who was an editor of The Daily Illini as an undergraduate. His father was previously editor-in-chief of the paper. Sylvia N. Schacht taught English at the University for 25 years. This scholarship was created by the Schacht family in honor of their parents. It is presented to an undergraduate student who is a staff member of The Daily Illini.

      • Kenyon Edmond


      Jules and Jody Anne Becker Scholarship
      This scholarship was established by the late Jules Becker and Jody Anne Becker to assist journalism or advertising students. Mr. Becker, of Becker & Company Public Relations-Advertising in San Rafael, California, attributed his outstanding journalistic education and solid foundation for life to the college.

      • Audrey Piemontese


      Karen Lucas Petitte Endowed Scholarship in Journalism
      Karen Petitte holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois. While at Illinois, Karen was among the first women selected as editor-in-chief of The Daily Illini. She has worked for the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Daily News, Consumers Digest, Modern Healthcare, and Modern Physician, the latter two published by Chicago-based Crain Communications, Inc. She has served as the first woman president of the Chicago Newspaper Guild and as Chicago’s consumer affairs commissioner under Mayor Jane Byrne. In 2007 she was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame and the Illini Media Hall of Fame. The award is given to a student majoring in journalism based on academic merit and financial need.

      • Eunice Alpasan


      Klues Scholars
      In 2015, the Jack M. Klues and Elizabeth F. Klues Family Foundation established an endowment in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising to fund scholarships and experiential learning opportunities for underrepresented students with significant financial need. The gift was initiated by Jack Klues, a 1977 advertising alum, who began his career as an account executive in the media department at Leo Burnett. In 1996, he was part of the management team that created Starcom, and in 2003, following the acquisition by Publicis Groupe, he served as global CEO for Publicis Groupe Media. From 2007 until his retirement in 2012, he served as global CEO and Directoire member with oversight of media agencies, as well as Digitas and Razorfish under Publicis’ holding company’s digital and media agency, Vivaki. Mr. Klues has served in many volunteer leadership roles for the College of Media, including the James Webb Young Board, and has served on the board of directors for the Off the Street Club in Chicago for more than 25 years. His family’s gift will assist the college in its goal of building a more diverse student population, which ultimately improves diversity within the advertising industry.

      • Tiarah Golliday-Murry
      • Ivana Salto Lopez
      • Joana Salto Lopez
      • Anthony Tavarez


      Lulu Kelly Nardine Awards
      Three awards are given to journalism students who have demonstrated excellence in writing. The late Gretchen Nardine Doris of Tampa, Florida, established this scholarship in memory of her mother.

      • Pari Apostolakos
      • Delaney Appelhans
      • Jose Zepeda

      Marilyn Miller Kaytor Fellowship
      Established from the estate of Marilyn Miller Kaytor, one of the first journalist to write about food for a general audience, this endowed fund supports fellowships for graduate students enrolled in the Department of Journalism.

      • Blake Dietz
      • Mariah Guzman
      • Taylor Howard
      • Marissa Plescia


      Marilyn Miller Kaytor Scholarships
      Established from the estate of Marilyn Miller Kaytor, one of the first journalists to make a career of writing about food for a mass audience, this endowed fund supports scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Journalism.

      • Eunice Alpasan
      • Alex Bahena
      • Zain Bando
      • Rebecca Bertram
      • Taylor Castro
      • Connor Ciecko
      • Alexander Correa
      • Karley Crady
      • Madelyn Foster
      • Michael Grovier
      • Gabrielle Hajduk
      • Kaleigh Haworth
      • Acacia Hernandez
      • Jackson Janes
      • Joshua Kim
      • Mariela Lozano
      • Sidney Madden
      • Noah Nelson
      • Anthony Pasquale
      • Isabella Pondelicek
      • Danielle Rhody
      • Alliyah Rumbolt-Lemond
      • Angel Saldivar
      • Gwyneth Skiles
      • Matthew Troher
      • Sydney Wood
      • Julia Youman
      • Isabella Zarate


      Mary Fulton Rothermel Scholarship
      This fund is named in honor of Mary Fulton Rothermel, a 1957 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a BA in Teaching of English, by her husband James P. Rothermel, a 1958 graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a BS in Speech Communication. The net income of the fund is used to support scholarships in the Department of Journalism, with preference to students who plan to pursue a career in investigative journalism.

      • Samantha Boyle
      • Claire O’Brien


      Nelio A. Florio and Patricia M. Florio Scholarship in Journalism
      Patricia Florio established this scholarship in honor of her husband, the late Nelio Florio, a 1938 journalism graduate. Nelio was a sports writer on The Daily Illini and served as sports editor of Trans-Radio News, the Southtown Economist, the Garfieldian, and the Austin News. Later he joined Western Electric and served for 31 years as editor of its newspaper and then at the Oak Park Journal as sports editor. The award is presented to an undergraduate journalism student.

      • Chrisoula Motamed


      Paul C. Fulton Scholarship
      This scholarship fund was created by Mrs. Ester Fulton to honor her late husband, Paul, a longtime advertising executive with the Chicago Tribune. The scholarship is awarded to juniors or seniors who maintain academic excellence and demonstrate proficiency in their field.

      • Chaowei Zhang
      • Junyan Zhang


      Paul Schrage-McDonald’s Fellowship in Advertising
      Paul D. Schrage received his master’s degree in advertising from the College of Communications in 1959. A marketing wizard for McDonald’s Corporation since 1967, Mr. Schrage deployed the “Golden Arches” synonymous with the fast-food giant and is credited with many of the chain’s other key innovations. In 2005, the Paul Schrage-McDonald’s Corporation Graduate Fellowship in Advertising Fund was established to support excellence in graduate education in advertising.

        • Alexus Moore
        • Jada Peterson


        Paula L. Gottschalk Scholarship
        The estate of Paula Gottschalk (BS ’66, advertising) provides fellowships for advertising students and scholarships for undergraduate students in journalism.

        • Cameron Ezell


        Richard Hildwein Memorial Photojournalism Award
        Presented in honor of longtime faculty member Richard “Dick” Hildwein, this scholarship is awarded to a journalism student with an interest in photojournalism.

        • Amanda Brennan


        Richard Tuttle Orr Scholarship
        This scholarship was established in 1993 by Richard Tuttle Orr of Chicago, a University of Illinois journalism graduate. He was a Chicago Tribune staff member, and served as president of the Chicago Press Club and the Newspaper Farm Editors of America. The award provides scholarships based on academic merit and/or financial need to undergraduate students who are majoring or intend to major in journalism.

        • Farrah Anderson
        • Margaret Burnetti
        • Naomi Diaz
        • Ehkhjin Erdenekhuyag
        • Madeline Kuhl
        • Haley Rampage
        • Shelbi Voss
        • Jose Zepeda


        Robert N. and Lorraine M. Wilt Scholarship
        Robert and Lorraine Wilt were journalism graduates and later co-publishers of the Muncy Luminary in Muncy, Pennsylvania. Initially Robert Wilt established this scholarship in memory of his wife. After Mr. Wilt’s death, an additional bequest was added to the original fund, and now the scholarship honors them both. The scholarship is presented to an outstanding female journalism student.

        • Kaleigh Haworth


        Robert O. Endres Endowed Internship at Illinois Public Media
        Robert O. Endres created this fund in 2017 to support internships with WILL. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the College of Media and during his time at Illinois he worked at both WPGU and WILL. Endres had a long, distinguished career as a projectionist including 25 years at Radio City Music Hall.

        • Brielle Scullark


        S. Watson and Elizabeth S. Dunn Fellowship
        Samuel Watson Dunn was the first PhD graduate from the University of Illinois with an advertising focus. He later returned to the University of Illinois to head the Department of Advertising from 1966-1977. Dr. Dunn was a major force in advertising education, especially in the graduate arena. This fellowship program was created by Dr. and Mrs. Dunn to honor his legacy.

        • Xiaohan (Catherine) Hu


        Wilkey Scholarship for Print Journalism
        This scholarship was established by the Wilkey family in 2007 to reward a junior or senior enrolled in print journalism who displays good mentoring abilities among other worthy attributes.

        • Jonah Perez


        Wilma M. Haist Journalism Memorial Scholarship
        This memorial fund was a bequest by Wilma M. Haist to honor her late husband, Lt. Col Glade F. Haist, United States Air Force, Class of 1936. The scholarship is to assist journalism students in need of aid and who strive to report news as it really is.

        • Sophia Morano