2021 SMPA Award, Scholarship and Prize Recipients

April 22, 2021

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Congratulations to all 2021 award, prize, and scholarship winners! Despite the challenges that this year has brought to many, SMPA students studied, worked hard, and excelled. Our awards recognize the accomplishments, contributions, and provide support. 

Larry King Scholarships

Winners: Jonas Poggi, Hana Hancock, Emma Page, Abi Cole, Drew Amstutz, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Madelyn Sell, Isabelle Schmele, Elizabeth Irons

The Larry King scholarship was created by the former CNN personality, American television and radio host, whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys, an Emmy award, and 10 Cable ACE Awards. This award goes to rising seniors with superior academic records.

Eaton Foundation Scholarships

Winners: Alexia Ross, Kylie Fronczak

This merit-based scholarship supports SMPA seniors in the combined degree program.

Eaton Service Prize

Winners: Olivia Osborne, Kalyn Womack, Zoya Ansari

Committed to classmates and community, SMPA students enrich the learning and living experience in many ways this prize is awarded to students who have made a special contribution to the life of SMPA.

Hoberman Prize

Winners: Rebekah Redwine, Paige Grande, Madeleine Deisen

SMPA students inspire the future. The prize was created by 2011 SMPA graduate Sarah Hoberman and her family. The merit-based award is given for original and meaningful journalism.

Freedman Family Scholarship

Winners: Thea Polsky, Abrigail Williams

This award was endowed by Michael Freedman. Preference is given to returning undergraduate students with financial need who aspire to be professional journalists.

Philip L. Graham Fund Scholarship for Diversity

Winner: Zeniya Cooley

True diversity and inclusion makes us stronger. This scholarship was named for the late publisher of The Washington Post and President of The Washington Post Company (now Graham Holdings Company). These awards support students from underrepresented groups.

Schneider-Taylor Scholarship

Winners: Olivia Dul

This award was established by the parents of a recent graduate. The scholarship provides financial support for SMPA underclassmen.

Dorothy and Will Roberts Prize

First-Prize Winners: Haley Hunt, Lizzie Stricklin, Hannah Sturgis

Honorable Mentions: Brittney Ho, Sarah Roach, Alec Rich, Alison Gentry

This prize was created by Professor Steven Roberts in the name of his parents. The prize honors graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic achievement, professional promise and community service.

Sherman Page Allen Scholarships

Winners: Zachary Nosanchuk, Era Atre, Isha Trivedi, Jessica Nix, Catherine Morris

This scholarship supports students with a desire to specialize in the field of journalism. The scholarship was endowed in 1966 through a bequest from the estate of Violet B. Robinson.

Gridiron Foundation Scholarships

Winners: Catherine Burgan, Kate Carpenter, Katelyn Marie Aluise, Lauren Nixon, Michael Kohler, Jess Makler

SMPA fosters exceptional experiential learning. Created in 1975 by the Gridiron, a long-standing organization of Washington-based journalists, these merit-based awards are open to first years, sophomores and juniors, and consideration given to financial need and minority status.

Essary Prize

Winners: Abi Cole, Lizzie Stricklin, Hana Hancock

Quality journalism is an essential ingredient of an informed public and a healthy democracy. The oldest SMPA prize was created in 1948 to honor the memory of Jesse Frederick Essary, an American journalist who was part of the White House press corps in the decades before the Second World War. This award goes to a student who has given a promise of sound citizenship and ability in “forthright reporting.”

SMPA Career Action Network Internship Fund Prizes

Winner: Sejal Govindarao

Internships are an essential step on the ladder of learning and professional success. The SMPA Career Action Network (SMPA CAN) Fund supports rising seniors who might not otherwise be able to afford their internships in media and journalism. The Career Access Network is comprised of two named funds.

Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prizes

Winners: Kylie Fronczak

Named in honor of two legendary SMPA faculty members, the Manheim-Sterling Undergraduate Research Prizes are designed to support and encourage outstanding mentored undergraduate research and creative work in the School of Media and Public Affairs.