Roger Ebert

In recognition of Roger’s career in journalism, two Illinois undergraduate students annually will be awarded a scholarship and will be named an Ebert Fellow in Media Criticism. The students will be chosen from throughout the University (not just from the College of Media). Mentored by professional critics, they will write for Illinois Public Media and The Daily Illini — Roger’s beloved student newspaper.

In its inaugural year, three recipients have been chosen: Shalayne Pulia, who is studying news-editorial journalism in the College of Media; Riane Lenzner-White, a College of Media student of broadcast journalism; and Ashish Valentine, who is studying English literature, text and culture.

Along with a $3,000 stipend, the students will receive mentoring by Michael Phillips, chief film critic at the Chicago Tribune.

Learn more about the inaugural Ebert Fellows.

Shalayne Pulia

Riane Lenzner-White

Ashish Valentine