2022-2023 student award and scholarship recipients

Illini Union

Updated May 31, 2023

Congratulations to these College of Media students who received campus and college awards and honors, and scholarships and fellowships that were made possible thanks to our donors.


Bronze Tablet 
Inscription on the Bronze Tablets in the Main Library recognizes students ranking in the top three percent of their graduating class.

  • Noah Balduf
  • Shelby Kate Hagerman
  • Owen Reilly Henderson
  • Deja Angelique Hill
  • Jillian Horvatin
  • Jennifer Hu Li
  • Emily Norine McNaughton
  • Patrick Winter
  • Sydney Madison Wood

Highest Honors
For 2022-2023, the Highest Honors status in the College of Media is awarded to graduating seniors with a 3.97 to 4.0 GPA. (Ranges are based on percentages and may change slightly each year.)

  • Noah Balduf
  • Abbey Marie Burke
  • Tristen Clark
  • Shelby Kate Hagerman
  • Owen Reilly Henderson
  • Deja Angelique Hill
  • Jillian Horvatin
  • Jennifer Hu Li
  • Mogan McDonnell
  • Emily Norine McNaughton
  • Priyanka Nair
  • Brianna Pietrzak
  • Patrick Winter
  • Sydney Madison Wood

High Honors
For 2022-2023, the High Honors status in the College of Media is awarded to graduating seniors with a 3.93 to 3.96 GPA. (Ranges are based on percentages and may change slightly each year.)

  • Mona Alrazzaq
  • Emily Anne Christopher
  • Matthew Fanelli
  • Taylor Gatz
  • Francesca Gonnella
  • Jackson Janes
  • Ryan Leshock
  • Rachel Maeng
  • Jane Molenda
  • Aniruddha Pai
  • Griffith Pool
  • Gabriella G. Trani
  • Matthew Troher
  • Oscar Villalobos
  • Yihan Wang
  • Rachael Yao
  • David Zelkowitz
  • Jia Zeng

For 2022-2023, the Honors status in the College of Media is awarded to graduating seniors with a 3.86 to 3.92 GPA. (Ranges are based on percentages and may change slightly each year.)

  • Maggie Beese
  • Natalie Anne Belloff
  • Sumin Cho
  • Catalina Anahee Delgado
  • Giovanna DiTullio
  • Carley Morgan Edwards
  • Carson Barrett Gourdie
  • Maxwell Kurtock
  • Alyssa Leveille
  • Kelly Kieuvan Ly
  • Justin Sidney Malone
  • Kayla Mish
  • Margaret Morris
  • Sasha Olevsky
  • Amanda Katherine Powell
  • Miriam Sadkhin
  • Danielle D. Schleyer
  • Lauren Sebek
  • Jintian Song
  • Samantha G. Sorich
  • Brynne Peyton Spears
  • Xiaoyu Su
  • Minghao Sun
  • Myka Bailey Thies
  • Makayla Wilson
  • Tyler William Wurster

James Scholars 
This university-wide honors program encourages James Scholars to develop skills in leadership and service, research or honors coursework, service learning and global studies, and professional development.

  • Natalia Catalina Alfaro
  • Emily Anne Christopher
  • Catalina Anahee Delgado
  • Giovanna DiTullio
  • Isabelle Downey
  • Carley Morgan Edwards
  • Kiley Fletcher
  • Shelby Kate Hagerman
  • Owen Reilly Henderson
  • Jillian Horvatin
  • Ryan Leshock
  • Mackenzie Mae Lyerla
  • Justin Sidney Malone
  • Emily Norine McNaughton
  • Jane Molenda
  • Zoe Lewis Nielsen
  • Sasha Olevsky
  • Aniruddha Pai
  • Robyn Emily Pease
  • Griffith Pool
  • Danielle D. Schleyer
  • Sydney Madison Wood
  • David Zelkowitz

Kappa Tau Alpha 
This college honor society recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

  • Noah Balduf
  • Taylor Gatz
  • Francesca Gonnella
  • Ryan Leshock
  • Emily Norine McNaughton
  • Brianna Pietrzak
  • Sydney Madison Wood
  • David Zelkowitz

Senior 100 Honorary
This campus honor recognizes academics, leadership, service, and engagement at the University of Illinois.

  • Zoe Lewis Nielsen
  • Nate Walinder


American Advertising Federation’s 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students
Each year, the American Advertising Federation selects the 50 Most Promising Multicultural Students in the nation. Since the program began in 1997, the AAF Illinois chapter has had more winners than any other university or college. Winners participate in a three-day industry immersion program (when held in-person) with the highest-level industry executives and companies in New York City. They are also recognized at the annual Building Bridges for Our Future awards luncheon with top industry professionals and organizations.

  • Julie Garcia
  • Asia Griffin
  • Carmen Larios
  • Kassandra Leyva
  • Blake Morrow
  • Marvin Sosa

Betty Hinckle Dunn Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Lyman Dunn, a graduate of the University of Illinois, 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.

  • Farrah Anderson
  • Madison Holcomb
  • Ashley Howerter
  • Nour Longi

Bill Geist Broadcast Journalism Writing Prize
This endowment was established in 1998 by alumnus Bill Geist, CBS correspondent and best-selling author. The award is presented to an undergraduate student majoring in broadcast journalism who demonstrates extraordinary ability and creativity in writing and reporting news for radio and television. 

  • Sydney Wood

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.

  • Kayla Mish

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.

  • Deja Hill

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.

  • Abbey Burke
  • Tristen Clark
  • Anjana Gulapalyam
  • Sofia Kanda
  • Jennifer Li
  • Kelly Ly
  • Olivia Rice
  • Leopold Smat

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.

  • Piotr Fedczuk

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.

  • Gabriella Blangiardo
  • Francesca Dumitrescu
  • Shelby Hagerman
  • Sizhe Huang
  • Annalee Mattson
  • Emily McNaughton

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.

  • Sydney O’Brien
  • Jacqueline Barba
  • Stephanie Mosqueda

Charla Krupp Endowed Scholarship for Internships in Journalism
As a 1975 journalism graduate, Charla Krupp was an inspiration to students, faculty, and professionals alike with her ambition, enthusiasm, and accomplishments. She had a strong desire to help students establish careers in major media markets, such as New York City. It was Ms. Krupp’s wish that the College of Media develop a valuable and practical internship program on her behalf, delivering a rich, diverse multimedia learning experience to allow students to gain hands-on skills for a successful career in journalism.

  • Vivian La

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.

  • Jonna Harris

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.

  • Max Kurtock
  • Luke McKenna
  • Atlas Vanzanten

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.

  • Francesca Dumitrescu
  • Priyanka Nair

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 awarded to students based on their scholarship, character and professional achievement.

  • Francisco Albarran
  • Raegan Gooding
  • Samuel Greenblatt
  • Sofia Kanda
  • Mattie Kennel
  • William Nelson
  • Konrad Przeczek
  • Bo Ravanh

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. Alumni and friends make gifts to the fund annually.

  • Ayesha Baweja
  • Aniruddha Pai

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.

  • TBD

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.

  • Emmie Larson
  • Isabella Zarate

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.

  • Dalila Divanovic

Dawn M. Turner and Kim D. Turner Endowed Scholarship in Media 
Dawn M. Turner (BS ’87 journalism) a former columnist and reporter for the Chicago Tribune, established this scholarship in 2018 in honor of her late sister Kim. The fund supports undergraduate scholarships and experiential learning opportunities for College of Media students with a demonstrated financial need, giving preference to African American students. Dawn hopes to inspire students to seek out untold stories to counteract the negativity we often see in the media.

  • Evie Edwards

Deanna Frautschi and Alan Bedell Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established in 2018 by Deanna Frautschi (BS ’70, Advertising) 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.

  • Cameron Taylor

Department of Advertising Scholarship
Established in 2004 by alumni donations to the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising Annual Fund, this current use fund provides awards to outstanding College of Media students, based on scholarship, character and professional achievement.

  • Samantha Barajas
  • Emily Hong Chen
  • Rawan El-Bawab
  • Meghna Goli
  • Jillian Horvatin
  • Saborni Kundu
  • Julianna Nunez
  • Ivana Salto Lopez De Llergo
  • Nancy Zhang

Department of Journalism Scholarship
This fund was established in 1982 by alumni donations to the Department of Journalism Scholarship Fund.  It provides awards to outstanding College of Media students, based on scholarship, character and professional achievement. 

  • Zeno Jo

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.

  • Alexander Winton

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.

  • Aniyha Jones

Earl M. Cummings Advertising Education Research Award
These are academic research awards given to Master’s in Advertising students who demonstrate great promise in research. 

  • Alexander Ambrosio
  • Catherine Arreazola
  • Paris Baptiste
  • Xinle Du
  • Masashi Fukada
  • Ruo-Yu “Joyce” Huang
  • Dongchan Lee
  • Floria Yujin Lee
  • Jingyu Liu
  • Veranika Paltaratskaya
  • Nisa Purbita Rahman
  • Prativa Subedi
  • Geng Sun

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.

  • Victoria Olaleye

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.

  • Tara Mobasher

Florence J. Johnson Scholarship
The Florence J. Johnson Endowed Fund was created in July 2014 in memory of Florence J. Johnson, a 1945 journalism graduate who gifted the fund to the College of Media from her estate.  

  • Sofia Cesarone
  • Daden Gabryszewski
  • Grace He
  • Nathaniel Murphy
  • Megan Wood

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.

  • Emily Christopher

George Will Endowed Scholarship
The George Will Endowment Fund was created in 2014 in honor of George Will, a local University Laboratory High School graduate and a 1977 Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator for The Washington Post. Will was named a member of Uni High’s “Class of the Century” in 2022. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding College of Media student.

  • Emily Hong Chen

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.

  • Alex Bahena
  • Ehkhjin Erdenekhuyag

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.

  • Antonio Elvir-Hernandez

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.

  • Rolando Mendez

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.

  • Arianna Williams

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.

  • Anulika Ochuba

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.

  • Dalila Divanovic

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.

  • Colin Hislope

Harold Gustave Roettger Memorial Award
This award is presented to outstanding graduating seniors in Media and is based on academic performance and membership in Kappa Tau Alpha, a national communications honorary society.

  • Noah Balduf
  • Deja Hill
  • Sydney Wood

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.

  • Jakob Stutz

Hugh Hough Memorial – Media
This fund was established in 1986 by Hugh Hough’s wife Ellen Wasemann Hough and other donors to honor Hugh Hough, a 1951 journalism graduate. Hugh Hough was an author who received a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting with Art Petacque for uncovering new evidence that led to the reopening of efforts to solve the 1966 murder of Valerie Percy. The scholarship is awarded to a journalism student, who, based on professional interest and academic achievement, shows promise of continuing Hugh Hough’s legacy as a journalist.

  • Joshua Pietsch

Ian Fleming Foundation Undergraduate Research Scholarship
The Ian Fleming Foundation (IFF) Undergraduate Research Scholarship has been donated by the Ian Fleming Foundation to honor the late Ian Lancaster Fleming, a journalist, critic, travel writer, and author of the James Bond novels. The IFF was formed in 1992 by Dr. Michael L. VanBlaricum, John Cord, and Douglas Redenies, and this scholarship was established by the IFF in 2014. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide incentive and support to outstanding undergraduate students to become involved in primary media and/or film research with College of Media faculty. Funds are offered each year to undergraduate students who possess an outstanding track record of academic achievement along with independent research potential. 

  • Evelyn Cabrea
  • Yun Hyuk (Alex) Choi
  • Paul Duarte-Noe
  • Alexander Gallegos
  • Sizhe Huang
  • Trent Miles

Illinois Broadcaster’s Association Scholarship in Journalism
This scholarship was established in 2004 for an undergraduate journalism student majoring in broadcast journalism who demonstrates talent, commitment, excellence, and professional ambition in broadcasting. The student must have a superior record of academic performance and be the top student preparing to enter their senior year.

  • J. Sidney Malone

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.

  • Chiffon Claiborne
  • Olabisi Efunnuga
  • Jackson Janes

James Webb Young Assistantships in Advertising
James Webb Young was one of the great pioneers and most honored figures in advertising. Mr. Young, a self-educated man who authored four textbooks on advertising, enjoyed a distinguished career that lasted six decades and bridged two centuries. It began with the writing of direct response advertising and continued to include, among other achievements, the creation of several now-classic ads and the founding of the Advertising Council.  The fund was established at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1959.  One of its main goals is to improve advertising by attracting talented graduate students from all over the world.

  • Masashi Fukada

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

Jenny Lenzini Memorial Scholarship in Journalism
The family of Jenny Lenzini (BS ’16, journalism) established a scholarship to help make education more affordable for University of Illinois students, to fund their passions, and to honor her legacy. Jenny passed away tragically on November 15, 2020, at the age of 26. At Illinois, Jenny worked for The Daily Illini, was a member of Chi Omega sorority, and helped lead UI-7 News to a NATAS Crystal Pillar Award for the best college newscast in Mid-America. This scholarship supports an undergraduate junior or senior journalism student with undergraduate scholarships or experiential learning opportunities.

  • Yuzhu Liu

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.

  • Jacqueline Barba

Joel D. and Analee Weisman Scholarship
Established in 1999 by Joel D. Weisman and Analee Rudich Weisman, this scholarship is given to an undergraduate student who is working, either part-time or full-time, at a job that involves journalism, marketing or management. Students with financial need are given preference. Joel Weisman is an attorney, talent representative and Emmy Award-winning Chicago television host and commentator. While a student he met his wife, Analee, and worked as a sportswriter columnist for The Daily Illini and The News-Gazette.

  • Nathalie Murillo

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.

  • Zoe Nielsen

John R. Foreman Scholarship
The Marajen Stevick Foundation established the John R. Foreman Scholarship fund in honor of John Foreman’s “outstanding service” to The News-Gazette, the community and the profession of journalism.  A 1977 journalism alum, Foreman began his career at The News-Gazette as a reporter and was later promoted to state editor, city editor, managing editor, editor, and general manager.  The scholarship underscores Foreman’s respect for education at all levels and his commitment to journalism and to the University of Illinois. The award provides internship or scholarship assistance to undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Journalism.

  • Talia Duffy
  • Logan Hodson

John T. Trebilcock Memorial Award
This memorial fund was established to honor the late John Trebilcock, a journalism teacher. The award recognizes a Daily Illini reporter judged to have done the year's best investigative reporting. The Daily Illini staff chooses the recipient and matches the College of Media award.

  • Sarah Bond

Judy Blasdell Bligh Endowed Journalism Scholarship
Judy Blasdell Bligh was a 1969 University of Illinois Advertising graduate who worked in journalism, primarily in copy editing and proofreading.  She worked for University of Illinois Press, The Library at 190 S. Lasalle in Chicago, Fearon-Pitman Publishers in California, and Apple in Seattle, Washington, during her long career.  The scholarship was named in Judy Blasdell Bligh's honor upon her passing in April 2020. It recognizes outstanding students in the Department of Journalism.

  • Jasper Doney

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.

  • Piotr Fedczuk

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.

  • Megan Krok

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.

  • Sophia Cepeda
  • Catalina Delgado
  • Maria Mancero
  • Joshua McWhorter

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.

  • Carley Edwards
  • Owen Henderson
  • Sydney Wood

Lynne Blanton Student Travel Fund
Marilyn Dean DeRamus Blanton established this endowment to provide travel funds for graduate students in the Institute of Communications Research (ICR) in honor of her daughter, Lynne Blanton, who earned a Ph.D. in 1979 from the Institute under the direction of Professor Albert L. Kreiling.

  • Ariana Cano
  • Jiyeon Chang
  • Kirby Cook
  • Yiran Gao
  • Stephanie Gomez-Perez
  • Jingyi Gu
  • Namita Gupta
  • Seo-Jeong Heo
  • Ruochong “Alice” Ji
  • Woojin Kim
  • Seo Yoon Lee
  • Anirban Mukhopadhyay
  • Ji Won Oh
  • Yeahin “Jane” Pyo
  • Jorge Rojas Alvarez
  • Elizabeth Simpson
  • Yanyun “Mia” Wang
  • Shiyue “Jennifer” Zhang
  • Mengqing “Maggie” Zhang

Marian and Barney Brody Creative Feature Article Writing Awards in Journalism
These awards were established in 1996 through the generosity of Marian Boruck Brody, a 1937 journalism graduate, who passed away in 2016. The awards are presented to journalism graduate or undergraduate students judged to have reported and written the best student feature articles during the academic year. 

  • Sarah Bond for “Daily Bread soup kitchen” 

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.

  • Siona Ahuja
  • Michael Bergonzi
  • Jordan Butler
  • Kathryn Dalton
  • Talia Duffy
  • Ariyelle Edwards
  • Enkhjin Erdenekhuyag
  • Benjamin Fader
  • Elizabeth Fawley
  • Ryan Hastings
  • Kayla Henry
  • Logan Hodson
  • Jackson Janes
  • Benjamin Kovar
  • Vivian La
  • Jacob Larson
  • Faith Lee
  • Hannah Lonergan
  • Nour Longi
  • Justin Malone
  • Haley Maser
  • Stephanie Mosqueda
  • Darryl Norwood
  • Humza Qazi
  • Emilio Reyes
  • Julissa Reyes
  • Emily Richie
  • Liliana Rodriguez
  • Adam Rosen
  • Thomas Rot
  • Angel Saldivar
  • Gwyneth Skiles
  • Victoria Trevino
  • Mariah Trujillo
  • Lathanial Wells
  • Julia Youman
  • Isabella Zarate

Media Underrepresented Scholarship Fund
Endowed in 2020 by alumni donations, this scholarship provides awards to outstanding College of Media underrepresented students, based on scholarship, character, and financial need.

  • Oscar Villalobos

Murray Kalis Awards for Creativity in Advertising
Murray Kalis (BS '61, advertising) had a long and successful career in the advertising business, creating Kalis, Inc. He spent most of his career as a creative director and established this fund in 2020 to emphasize to students the importance of creativity in advertising. The awards are given to students majoring in advertising in recognition of excellence in creativity in advertising. The criteria for these awards includes smart positioning, outstanding creative concept, strong execution, and a "wow" factor. 

  • Claire Hulen – Best Single Ad
  • Claire Hulen and Zoe Nielsen – Best Campaign
  • Maggie Beese – Best Portfolio

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.

  • Jakob Stutz

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.

  • Demi Apostolakos
  • Jacqueline Leveille

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.

  • Alfonso Gonzalez Diaz
  • Prativa Subedi

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

  • Joana Salto Lopez De Llergo
  • Yanglu Wang

Raymond O. Torr Memorial Scholarship in Journalism
Illinois Journalism alumnus Raymond Torr was the public relations director for the National Fund for Medical Education. Upon his death, his colleagues established this memorial to honor his legacy. The award is presented to a graduating senior who shows promise of a successful professional career in journalism.

  • Ashleigh Kendrick

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.

  • Carson Gourdie

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
  • Ehkhjin Erdenekhuyag
  • Katherine Ratke
  • Emilio Reyes
  • Shawn Sloan

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.

  • Hannah Lonergan

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.

  • Arianna Williams

Roger Ebert Fellows in Media Criticism
In recognition of Roger Ebert’s career in journalism, the Roger Ebert Fellows program was established in 2015 to provide learning experiences that focus on critical thinking and interpretative journalism. As a key component of the Roger Ebert Center, a select group of Illinois students experience in-depth mentoring by professional critics as they attend film festivals and write for Illinois Public Media and The Daily Illini—Roger’s beloved student newspaper.

  • Lee “Levi” Beckett
  • Andrew Stover
  • Tania Trejo

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.

  • Olga Shabalina

Schlueter Family Endowed Fund for Internships in Journalism
James E. Schlueter is a 1980 graduate of the College of Media School of Journalism. A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Schlueter was a sportswriter and columnist for The Daily Illini, and was a sportswriter and editor for five years before joining The Boeing Company. He is the second member of his family to earn a degree from the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Amy, are both grateful for the opportunities they have received as alumni from Big Ten universities and are proud and privileged to help future students secure future career success through internships.

  • J. Sidney Malone

Veronica Ponterelli Toussaint and Dr. Paul Toussaint Scholarship Fund
Veronica Pontarelli Toussaint (BS ’92 and MS ’93, Advertising) and her husband, Dr. Paul Toussaint, a physician at Amita Health Medical Group, established this scholarship in 2016.  Veronica was formerly Vice President of Scholarship for the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Panhellenic Association and started her career as an Account Executive at Shaker Advertising.  This fund provides scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Advertising, with preference for residents of the State of Illinois.

  • Ryan Leshock

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.

  • Yunah Elsner

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.

  • Stephanie Wayda