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The Sacramento Press Club’s 2014 Journalism Scholarships

Since 1974, the Sacramento Press Club has offered scholarships to students who are preparing for a journalism career. For 2014, we awarded seven scholarships totaling $34,000. If you would like to make a donation to the SPC Scholarship Fund, please click on the word Donate on the left side of this page.

To apply for one of the 2014 SPC Journalism Scholarships, click here.

2014 Journalism Scholarships

We will select one student for each of the following scholarships:

$8,000 in honor of the late Earl "Squire" Behrens, a former political editor of the San Francisco Chronicle who covered the state Capitol for a half-century. His "Political Notes" column was considered groundbreaking.

$6,000 in honor of the late Jean Stephens, the long-time Secretary-Treasurer of the Sacramento Press Club and a retired Sacramento City College journalism instructor who helped thousands of journalism students become professional journalists over a 30-year career.

$4,000 in honor of Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee who has worked as a journalist for more than a half-century. He has written more than 7,500 columns about California and its politics and his column now appears in more than 50 California newspapers. In addition to writing and contributing to political books, he serves as a frequent guest on national television news shows. Dan has generously supported the Sacramento Press Club scholarship program and helped many students realize their dreams of becoming reporters.

$4,000 in honor of Kathleen Beasley, a member of the Sacramento Press Club for more than 35 years. She was a reporter and editor at six California newspapers and a wire service early in her career. As a reporter for the Associated Press in Los Angeles, she covered the Chowchilla school bus kidnapping and Gov. George Wallace's presidential campaign. Following stints as a political press secretary and government report writer, she has successfully run a communications consulting business for the past 17 years. Throughout, she has been an ardent supporter of the Press Club, serving on the Board and as Treasurer for more than a decade.

$4,000 in honor of K.W. Lee, a trailblazing Korean-American journalist who became the first Asian immigrant to work for mainstream daily publications in the continental United States. Lee is also the founding president of the Korean American Journalists Association. Much of his career was spent at the Sacramento Union, where he headed up the investigative reporting unit and ran an internship program. He is widely respected for his work covering social issues. In 2003 he helped create  the KW Lee Center for Leadership. The non-profit organization provides youth with the tools and opportunities necessary to become future leaders.

$4,000 in honor of the late Jerry Gillam, a 35-year veteran of the Capitol press corps. He is remembered for his knowledgeable political reporting in the Los Angeles Times' Sacramento bureau, his friendly mentoring of new Capitol reporters and his larger-than-life sense of humor. Gillam started covering government for the Copley News Service, and for much of his Capitol career, he covered the California State Assembly including the Legislature's transition to a full-time body.

$4,000 for the Nereida Skelton Journalism Scholarship. Nereida was a beloved journalism teacher for more than four decades. She was the advisor to the McClatchy High School student newspaper, where she often worked long hours and served as a mentor to outstanding students. Her straightforward approach to news and politics also had influence across the nation, as her husband George called her his "secret editor" for his L.A. Times political column. Community college students who are transferring to a four-year college will be given special consideration.





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