Applications Now Closed for 2013 Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson Scholarships

Applications are now closed for the Washington News Council’s two $2,000 scholarships to be awarded in 2013 to Washington state students planning careers in communications:

  • The Dick Larsen Scholarship will go to a past graduate of a Washington high school currently enrolled in a public or private college/university in this state.
  • The Herb Robinson Scholarship will go to a graduating Washington high-school senior who is entering a public or private college/university in this state.

The scholarship program is open to students with a serious interest in communications – journalism, public relations, politics, or a related field. Awards will be based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and the quality of a written essay. To be eligible, you must have demonstrated potential in the field of communications, and a clear need for financial assistance.

Dick Larsen, who died in April 2001, was one of the most respected political reporters in Washington state. He served for more than 20 years as political writer, editorial columnist and associate editor at The Seattle Times, and later wrote a column for the Eastside Journal. He also worked in politics and public relations, and was also an accomplished illustrator/cartoonist.

Herb Robinson, who died in October 2003, was among the state’s most respected print and broadcast journalists. He was editorial-page editor at The Seattle Times for 12 years and a member of the editorial board for more than 20 years. He was previously news director at KOMO-TV, where he started and anchored its first news broadcast program.

We offer these scholarships to honor the high standards of fairness, accuracy and balance in journalism and communications that Dick and Herb achieved throughout their careers.

The Scholarship Committee may interview finalists and/or speak with references. Winners will be notified in May 2013.

If you have any questions, please call the WNC office at 206-262-9793. Email contact: info@wanewscouncil.org

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WNC Awards Three $2,000 Scholarships for 2012

2012 scholarship winners Ilona Idlis and Elizabeth Sharrard

Ilona Idlis, left, winner from the University of Washington; Elizabeth Sharrard, right, winner from Bellarmine Prep, who will attend Seattle University in the fall. WNC Executive Director John Hamer is center. Not pictured is winner Erin Flemming. Photo by Kathy Schrier.

The Washington News Council has awarded three $2,000 scholarships to Washington state students planning careers in communications.

Two Dick Larsen Scholarships, which go to a past graduate of a Washington high school currently enrolled in a public or private college/university in this state:

Erin Flemming, 21, a University of Washington student and graduate of Evergreen High School. Flemming has been on the Dean’s list consistently at the U.W. and has also written for The Daily, The Seattle Times and TVW’s Legislative Review. She is currently interning at The Jordan Times in Amman, Jordan. Her mother attended the reception at the WNC office on July 9 and accepted the scholarship on Erin’s behalf.

Ilona Idlis, 21, a University of Washington student and graduate of Sammamish High School. Idlis has written for the UW’s Election Eye Blog for the Seattle Times, the UW News Lab and The Daily. She is an active member of Young Democrats at the University of Washington and has also been on the Dean’s List. She launched a “Support the Ta-Tas Bra Drive” as part of an annual volunteer mission to donate brassieres to women in Nigeria.

The Herb Robinson Scholarship, which goes to a graduating Washington high-school senior who is entering a public or private college/university in this state:

Elizabeth Sharrard, 17, a graduate of Bellarmine Preparatory School who will enter Seattle University this fall. Sharrard was editor-in-chief of The Lion, Bellarmine’s student newspaper, and formerly its opinions page editor. She was president of Key Club and a top student in several Advance Placement classes. She was an intern at Guadalupe House, a transitional housing home in Tacoma.

The WNC’s scholarship program is open to students with a serious interest in communications – journalism, public relations, politics, or a related field. Awards are based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and the quality of a written essay. This year’s essay topic was: “Journalists expect all institutions and sectors of society to be transparent, accountable and open. Should the same expectations apply to journalists?”

Dick Larsen, who died in April 2001, was one of the most respected political reporters in Washington state. He served for more than 20 years as political writer, editorial columnist and associate editor at The Seattle Times, and later wrote a column for the Eastside Journal. He also worked in politics and public relations, and was an accomplished illustrator/cartoonist.

Herb Robinson, who died in October 2003, was among the state’s most respected print and broadcast journalists. He was editorial-page editor at The Seattle Times for 12 years and a member of the editorial board for more than 20 years. He was previously news director at KOMO-TV, where he started and anchored its first news broadcast program. He began as a copy boy at The Times.

We offer these scholarships to honor the high standards of fairness, accuracy and balance in journalism and communications that Dick and Herb achieved throughout their careers. NOTE: The WNC would especially like to thank Deanie Larsen, Chuck Nordhoff and Sandy Schoolfield for their generous donations to our 2012 scholarship fund.

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Scholarship Applications due May 1 & June 1, 2012!

Amy Meyer of Eastern Washington University receives the 2011 Dick Larsen Scholarship from Grant Larsen (left) and John Hamer (right).

The Washington News Council is accepting applications for two $2,000 scholarships to be awarded in 2012 to Washington state students planning careers in communications:

•    The Dick Larsen Scholarship will go to a past graduate of a Washington high school currently enrolled in a public or private college/university in this state. NOTE: Application deadline is June 1, 2012.

•    The Herb Robinson Scholarship will go to a graduating Washington high-school senior who is entering a public or private college/university in this state. NOTE: Application deadline is May 1, 2012.

The scholarship program is open to students with a serious interest in communications – journalism, public relations, politics, or a related field. Awards will be based on scholastic achievement, financial need, and the quality of a written essay. To be eligible, you must have demonstrated potential in the field of communications, and a clear need for financial assistance.

Dick Larsen, who died in April 2001, was one of the most respected political reporters in Washington state. He served for more than 20 years as political writer, editorial columnist and associate editor at The Seattle Times, and later wrote a column for the Eastside Journal. He also worked in politics and public relations, and was also an accomplished illustrator/cartoonist.

Herb Robinson, who died in October 2003, was among the state’s most respected print and broadcast journalists. He was editorial-page editor at The Seattle Times for 12 years and a member of the editorial board for more than 20 years. He was previously news director at KOMO-TV, where he started and anchored its first news broadcast program.
We offer these scholarships to honor the high standards of fairness, accuracy and balance in journalism and communications that Dick and Herb achieved throughout their careers.

To apply, you must submit a completed application form, two letters of reference, a school transcript, and three samples of your work. Send all application materials to:

Scholarship Committee
Washington News Council
P.O. Box 3672
Seattle, WA 98124-3672

All materials must be postmarked no later than May 1 or June 1, 2012. The Scholarship Committee may interview finalists and/or speak with references. Winners will be notified before the end of June. If you have any questions, please call the WNC office at 206-262-9793 or email info@wanewscouncil.org

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Scholarship applications due April 15th!

The WNC is offering two $2,000 WNC Scholarships!

Application deadline – April 15

Herb Robinson Scholarship – high school seniors apply;
Dick Larsen Scholarship – current college or university students apply.

CLICK HERE to download our APPLICATION FORM

and be sure to have a look at last year’s scholarship winners

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WNC Awards Two $2,000 Scholarships

The Washington News Council awarded two $2,000 scholarships to students planning careers in communications. The scholarships are named after the late Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson, both longtime editors at The Seattle Times.

WNC President John Hamer, who worked with Larsen and Robinson for many years on The Times’ editorial board, presented the scholarships during a June 24 reception at the WNC office, located above the Pyramid Alehouse in Seattle.

The 2010 WNC Dick Larsen Scholarship winner is:

Peter Sessum, 38, a junior at the University of Washington who is studying journalism. He is a staff writer for The Daily. He was formerly a student at Edmonds Community College and editor-in-chief of the Triton Review campus newspaper.

Before that, Peter was a liaison officer with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and an international advisor in the poppy-eradication program there.

He is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

John Hamer & Pete Sessum

In an essay accompanying his scholarship application, Peter wrote:

“Media is the watchdog of the government, but someone needs to watch the watchdog. That is the purpose of the people. As journalists, we should be transparent, accountable and open. And the people should be able to expect that of us. It is the duty of the reporter to inform the people of the issues at hand. Then, the people can make informed decisions.”

The 2010 Herb Robinson Scholarship winner is:

Alexander Herbig, 18, who is graduating from Mountlake Terrace High School and will attend Seattle Pacific University in the fall. He plans to study communications, global development and psychology.

During high school, Alex was a Young Life leader and camp counselor. His senior project was Simply Haiti, which launched two days before the Haitian earthquake and raised $30,000 for a feeding program and earthquake relief. He also was a photojournalist and editorial writer for The Hawkeye school newspaper, and MVP on the junior varsity soccer team.

Alex Herbig & John Hamer

In an essay accompanying his application, Alex wrote:

“I feel as though trust is a journalist’s best friend. Journalists have the ability to twist a story just about any way they want, making the good guy look like the villain or the other way around. Not only that but their stories can create some serious consequences for the person or company in the story. With this power comes the responsibility of the journalist to be trustworthy.”

Scholarships are funded by donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. Since 2000, the WNC has awarded 22 scholarships with a total value of nearly $30,000.

CONTACT: John Hamer, President, WNC – 206.262.9793 (info@wanewscouncil.org)

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WNC awards two $2,000 scholarships

The Washington News Council has awarded two $2,000 scholarships to Washington state students planning careers in communications. The scholarships are named after Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson, both former editors at The Seattle Times.

The 2009 WNC Dick Larsen Scholarship winner is:

CHANTAL ANDERSON (left), 20, a senior at the University of Washington who is majoring in journalism and international studies with a minor in Spanish. Chantal was a reporter intern for The Seattle Times in Olympia during the 2009 Legislature. She also is on the staff of The U.W. Daily, and has been a reporter intern for Real Change, a nonprofit weekly newspaper. She is secretary of the U.W. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and also runs a wedding photography business. In an essay accompanying her scholarship application, Chantal wrote:

“The convergence of print and online journalism has redefined the way reporters and readers interpret and define ethics today. The new mantra of newsrooms to churn out stories at high speeds, mixed with emerging professional and personal blogs, has created an upsurge of content on the net. These new forms of media have blurred ethical ideas…. I believe honoring ethical standards has become more challenging for professional journalists in the digital age.”

The 2009 Herb Robinson Scholarship winner is:

SARAH REYES (right), 18, who just graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane and will enter Washington State University in the fall. She plans to study at the Edward R. Murrow College of Journalism. Sarah maintained a 4.0 GPA through high school while taking AP courses in English and history. She was a member of the National Honor Society and a valedictorian. She was also a writer and copy editor for The VOX, a student newspaper published by The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, and worked as an intern at The Spokesman. In an essay accompanying her application, Sarah wrote:

“In today’s world of media and technology, it seems that anyone can get away with saying anything….The First Amendment is something that we as Americans should truly cherish. There are journalists killed around the world for talking about topics that come as second nature to journalists in the United States. We need to use it to our advantage and make sure that it is not abused because nothing is certain and this is a right that might not be around forever.”

Scholarships are funded by donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. Since 2000, the WNC has awarded 20 scholarships with a total value of $25,000.

CONTACT: John Hamer, Executive Director, 206.262.9793 (info@wanewscouncil.org)

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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.

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WNC Awards Two $1,000 Scholarships

The WNC in June announced the winners of our Dick Larsen and Herb Robinson Scholarships for 2005. They are:

Steffany Bell — Dick Larsen Scholarship. As a transfer student at the University of Washington, Steffany will study journalism and political science. She was editor-in-chief of the Everett Community College newspaper, and is currently interning at the WNC.

Sara Butler — Herb Robinson Scholarship. A 2005 graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, Sara will be a freshman at Eastern Washington University in the fall. She was editor-in-chief of her high-school newspaper and president of the Spokesman-Review‘s Explorer Post.      Both students wrote essays on the question: “Should the news media be allowed to publish, broadcast or post online without government approval and if so (or if not), what is the best way to promote fair, accurate and balanced news media so essential to our democracy?”

The question was based on a recent Knight Foundation survey that found 49% of U.S. high-school students believed newspapers should not be allowed to publish without government approval.

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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.

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IN MEMORIAM: Herb Robinson (1924-2003)

Herb Robinson, an original member of the Washington News Council, died on Oct. 15. He will be greatly missed. Herb was Vice President of the WNC from 1999-2002 and a member until September 2003, when he stepped down due to his illness. He was also a member of our Complaints Committee, where his insights and judgment were invaluable. Herb was formerly Editorial Page Editor of The Seattle Times and previously news director and anchor at KOMO-TV.

To read his obituary, click HERE

To help honor Herb’s legacy, the Washington News Council has established the Herb Robinson Scholarship, to be awarded in spring 2004. It will join the Dick Larsen Scholarship, which has been awarded by the News Council since 1999. Herb and Dick were longtime friends and colleagues at The Seattle Times. These are $1,000 scholarships awarded to students who are planning careers in communications. Remembrances may be made to the Washington News Council Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 3672, Seattle WA 98124-3672.

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