WNC Awards Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson Scholarships

The Washington News Council awarded its Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson Scholarships for 2004 at a reception at the WNC office on July 9, 2004. This year’s winners of the $1,000 scholarships:

Sarah McGuire, 19, a junior at Washington State University in Pullman, won the WNC’s Dick Larsen Scholarship. Sarah, who is from Spanaway, is a staff writer for the Daily Evergreen campus newspaper. She is serving as Leisure editor this summer and will be Life (Arts and Entertainment) editor in the fall. Her goal is to become Editor-in-Chief. She was named the newspaper’s “Outstanding Underclassman” as a sophomore. She has a 3.8 GPA and also plays intramural tennis, softball and volleyball.

In her application essay, Sarah wrote: “I know I have much to offer the profession of journalism. I cannot even express in words how determined I am to make this dream of being a world-class journalist come true”. Like Peter Jennings said when he came to WSU, journalism is meant to be a public service. It is a weapon meant for battling ignorance, intolerance, and indifference, and I plan to use my skills in fighting instead of letting my talent go to waste.”

Michelle de Beauchamp, 18, who will be a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, won the WNC’s Herb Robinson Scholarship. A 2004 graduate of Bainbridge High School, Michelle was Editor-in-Chief of Campus Voice, the school newspaper. She formerly served as News Section Editor. She was active in Future Leaders Exchange, vice president of Model United Nations, president of the Opera Club, and a member of the Concert Band and Marching Band. She maintained a 3.8 GPA.

In her application essay, Michelle wrote: “From working on the newspaper for the past two years, I have found my calling, which is to educate the public on issues. The media has so much power on the public’s view on things, and can cause things to happen, be it swinging an election or just telling what happened around the world today. I want to be a part of this great thing that can change the world, but keep my opinion out of my reports on the events, because the news media’s job is to educate not persuade.”

The Dick Larsen Scholarship was established by the WNC in 1999 to honor the former Seattle Times political reporter and editor. The Herb Robinson Scholarship was established by the WNC in 2003 to honor the late Seattle Times editorial-page editor. The Larsen and Robinson families help select the scholarship winners.