What you should know about the Pagano Scholarship

Studying journalism in college isn’t something you do for the money, or for the prestige, or for the cushy work hours.  You pursue journalism because you’re passionate about truth and eager to tell the stories of your state, town, neighborhood, or even your own family under stay-at-home orders.

Journalism students face the same challenges as students in other programs, especially managing rising tuition costs.  In the country’s current economic situation, when so many students have lost jobs and whose families are struggling, we at the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists feel an obligation to help the next generation of journalists.

We started the Susanne M. Pagano scholarship five years ago, shortly after Susanne, a colleague and chapter officer, passed away suddenly.  It’s more than just a scholarship to us; it’s a way of helping students carry forward Susanne’s work.  We offer a $1000 scholarship to an eligible student, to be applied against their tuition costs.

To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a four-year degree in journalism, communications, digital media or a related field; be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a relevant degree program at an accredited four-year educational institution in Texas; and be from the nine-county Houston metropolitan area (permanent residency, high school graduate or family home).  The nine counties are Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Wharton, Chambers and Austin, with the object being to award the scholarship to a student originally from the greater Houston metropolitan area.

Applications will be open soon.  Follow the scholarship fund’s Facebook page to stay up to date.

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