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The Sacramento Press Club scholarship program began in 1974 with a single $1,000 scholarship in honor of Earl "Squire" Behrens who had recently retired as political editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. He had been a political reporter for more than 50 years and was recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1970. In 1982, the club added a second scholarship in honor of Kenneth Leake, former editor and publisher of the Woodland Democrat, who died in 1981.

The program grew over the years, singling out college students who showed both journalistic talent and financial need to finish their college degrees. Since 2013, we have awarded seven scholarships each year totaling $34,000. As of 2017, we have given away more than $400,000 to more than 150 people -- a significant amount of assistance that has helped many young students on their way to successful journalism careers.

2017 SPC Journalism Scholarships:
$8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Sawsan Morrar, University of California, Berkeley.
$6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship was awarded to Daniel Wilson, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Thomas Oide, University of Missouri.
$4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship was awarded to Bianca Quilantan, California State University, Chico.
$4,000 Steve Swatt scholarship was awarded to Emily Zentner, Arizona State University.
$4,000 Julie Soderlund scholarship was awarded to Alexandra Matthews, University of California, Berkeley.
$4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Emmanuel Aguayo, California State University, Sacramento.
 
2016 SPC Journalism Scholarships:
$8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Gabriel Sandoval, California State University, Chico.
$6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship was awarded to Celina Oseguera, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
$4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Jessica Hice, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship was awarded to Taylor Buck, Sacramento City College.
$4,000 Bob Schmidt scholarship was awarded to Brittany Murphy, University of California, Berkeley.
$4,000 Doug Willis scholarship was awarded to Jonathan Ayestas, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Leah Horner, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
 
2015 SPC Journalism Scholarships:
$8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Benjy Egel, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
$6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship was awarded to Brenna Lyles, University of California, Davis.
$4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Leah Horner, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
$4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship was awarded to Jessica Hice, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 Joan Lunden scholarship was awarded to Kate Houston, University of Oregon.
$4,000 Bob Fairbanks scholarship was awarded to Chloe Lessard, University of California, Berkeley.
$4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Valentin Almanza-Mendez, California State University, Sacramento.
 
2014 SPC Journalism Scholarships:
$8,000 Earl Squire Behrens scholarship was awarded to Quinn Western, California State University, Chico
$6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship was awarded to Lynne Shallcross, University of California, Berkeley.
$4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Andrew Erickson, University of California, Los Angeles.
$4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Parsons, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 KW Lee scholarship was awarded to Paayal Zaveri, University of California, Davis.
$4,000 Kathleen Beasley scholarship was awarded to Kaitlin Bane, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 Dan Walters scholarship was awarded to Gregory Allen, California State University, Sacramento.
 
2013 SPC Journalism Scholarships:
$8,000 Earl “Squire” Behrens scholarship was awarded to Julie Brown, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
$6,000 Jean Stephens scholarship was awarded to Brittany Patterson, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
$4,000 Sigred Bathen scholarship was awarded to Matthew Blackburn, California State University, Sacramento.
$4,000 A. G. Block scholarship was awarded to Brian Nguyen, University of California, Davis.
$4,000 Lou Canon scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Chausee, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
$4,000 Jerry Gillam scholarship was awarded to Madeleine Thomas, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
$4,000 Nereida Skelton scholarship was awarded to Valerie Smith, California State University, East Bay.
 
2012 SPC Journalism Scholarships:
$8,000 – Earl “Squire” Behrens Scholarship – Adam Grossberg, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism
$6,000 – Jean Stephens Scholarship – Derek Lartaud, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and School of Public Health
$4,000 – Frank McCulloch Scholarship – Titania Kumeh, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism
$4,000 – Stan Gilliam Scholarship – Casey Capachi, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism
$4,000 – Jerry Gillam Scholarship – Rachel Waldholz, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism
$4,000 – Rex Babin Scholarship – Anna Marie Sanchez, California State University, Sacramento
 
2011 Timothy Sandoval; Kevin Fixler; Christina Lopez; Gustavo Gutierrez; Elizabeth Hoffman
2010 ($17,500): Kyle Sporleder $6,000; Robin Epley $4,000; John Brennan $2,500; Kari Waterman $2,500; Lauren Callahan $2,500
2009 ($17,500): Todd Wilson $6,000; Steffi Broski $4,000; Maryanne Beck Luna $2,500; James Graben $2,500; Jen Siino $2,500.
2008 ($11,000): Luke Gianni $6,000; Talia Kennedy $3,000; Barri Worth $2,000.
2007 ($11,000): Nik Bonovich $6,000; Ian Kessler $3,000; Rosemell Opee $2,000.
2006 ($11,000): Amy Goldwitz $6,000; Meghann Farnsworth $3,000; Jonathan Hirn $2,000.
2005 ($7,000): Jeff Kearns $3,000; Sarah Pollo $2,500; Jimmy Spencer $1,500.
2004 ($7,000): Sarah Pollo $3,000; Jaclyn Schultz $2,000; ST Van Airsdale $1,000; Emily Page $1,000.
2003 ($7,000): Andy Jensen $3,000; ST Van Airsdale $2,500; Lindsay Comstock $1,500.
2002 ($4,000): Jon Ortiz $3,000; Antonio Sarabia $1,000.
2001 ($6,250): Greg Kane $3,000; Aaron Benevidez $2,500; Monica Ewing $750.
2000 ($7,000): Greg Kane $3,000; Jason Anderson $2,500; Charlotte Sandez Kosa $1,500
1999 ($7,000): Kristi Garrett $2,500; Clayton Stalter $2,000; Robert Johnson $1,500; Mike Hambree $1,000.
1998 ($6,000): John Montgomery; June Vargas; Melissa Jones.





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