Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson Scholarship Winners Honored

The Washington News Council announced the winners of its two $1,000 scholarships for 2006, and honored the winners at a reception July 13.

LARSEN SCHOLARSHIP: Kacie McKinney, 19, who is studying journalism and public relations at Western Washington University in Bellingham. She is a reporter for the Western Front student newspaper and secretary of the Public Relations Organization. She also works part-time at the Puget Sound Radio Broadcasters Association.

ROBINSON SCHOLARSHIP: Byron Edelman, 18, who just graduated from Kentlake High School and will enter Washington State University’s Murrow School of Communication this fall. He was sports editor of The Falcon Flyer, his high-school newspaper. He also was a volunteer student teacher at Cedar Heights Junior High School.

The WNC’s scholarships have been awarded annually since 1999. They were named after Dick Larsen, former political writer/editor at The Seattle Times, who died in 2001, and Herb Robinson, former editorial-page editor at The Seattle Times, who died in 2003.

The reception was attended by Kacie’s parents and grandmother, Byron’s parents, and several members of the WNC’s Board of Directors. Grant Larsen, Dick Larsen’s son, also attended. He recently joined “100 Friends of the WNC” and earmarked his annual donation to the WNC’s Scholarship Fund.