Student journalism scholarships awarded for 2011

Arielle Retting of Radford University and Katherine Mawyer of Virginia Tech are the Virginia Pro Chapter’s Journalism Scholarship winners for 2011. Both are juniors at their respective universities and plan careers that include print, online and broadcast journalism.

The two scholarships, each for $1,500, are given annually by the Virginia Pro Chapter of SPJ and the Virginia SPJ, SDX Educational Foundation.

Arielle Retting of Fairfax, a Journalism/Political Science major at Radford, is the editor-in-chief of the Whim, RU’s online magazine. She is assistant copy editor for the student newspaper, The Tartan, and has been an intern with RU’s Web Communication Department. During May, Retting traveled to Florida for a Poynter College Fellowship. This summer, she will be the Dow Jones copydesk intern at the Virginian-Pilot. In her final year this fall, she’ll be working with the Roanoke Times’ New River Valley bureau writing about education issues. Having already been active in the Investigative Reporters and Editors association, Retting’s career plan is to be an investigative, computer-assisted reporting journalist, and eventually becoming an online producer or editor.

Katherine “Katie” Mawyer of Sandston, a Communications, Professional Writing and Popular Culture major at Virginia Tech, plans a career in broadcast sports journalism. She’s already served sports-related internships at WTVR-TV (Channel 6) in Richmond, with the New River Valley Bureau of the Roanoke Times, and with the Richmond Kickers. This summer, Katie will be working with Clear Channel Communications as an intern with the Virginia Association of Broadcasters, as well as with the sports department at WTVR-TV CBS 6. Since arriving on campus, Mawyer has been working with Hokie Sports (VT’s Athletics Communication). During her high school and college years, Mawyer has worked in many positions at the Chickahominy YMCA.

In addition to the two winners, the SPJ Scholarship Committee also had two applicants each from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Wesleyan College and Emory and Henry. They also received applications from students at Marymount University, Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg College and George Mason University.

As part of the Scholarship process, applicants must write a short biography and an article listing their reasons for pursuing a career in journalism. Both Retting and Mawyer have agreed to have a part of their applications posted on this website:
Arielle Retting bio
Katie Mawyer

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