Eleven college students have been selected by the National Press Photographers Foundation to receive $2,000 scholarships, professor emeritus Dr. James W. Brown of Indiana University announced. Brown is the NPPF scholarship chair.
In addition to the scholarship, winners receive a camera from Sony, a microphone from Saramonic and a bag from ThinkTank. Roberts Camera has generously provided store credit to our winners.
The Winners are:
Vincent Alban, an undergraduate from Rochester Institute of Technology, won the Jimi Lott Scholarship.
Christopher Assaf, a graduate student from the University of Texas-Austin, won the Mary Lou Foy Still & Multimedia Scholarship.
Michael Blackshire, a graduate student from Ohio University, won the Bob East Scholarship.
Erin Burk, an undergraduate student from Ohio University, won the Reid Blackburn Scholarship.
Steel Brooks, a graduate student from Ohio University, won the C. Thomas Hardin and Mary C. Hardin Documentary Photojournalism Scholarship.
Kylie Cooper, an undergraduate student from the University of Pennsylvania, won Sony’s Photojournalism Scholarship.
Emma Harrington, an undergraduate from the University of Mississippi, won the NPPF TV Scholarship.
Caleb Jacobson, an undergraduate from Oregon State University, won the James Brown and Frank Folwell Scholarship.
Dishari Mukherjee, a graduate student from Ohio University, won the Bob Baxter Scholarship.
Morgan Timms, a graduate student from Ohio University, won the Kit King Scholarship.
Johanna Rosario an undergraduate from New York University Tish School of the Arts, won the Rich Clarkson Founders Scholarship.
The Bob East, Reid Blackburn, Bob Baxter, Kit C. King, and Jimi Lott Scholarships are endowed by donations from friends, family, and news organizations, while the Foundation funds the Mary Lou Foy Still & Multimedia Scholarship and the TV News Scholarship.
Many of the Foundation’s scholarships are named after people who played an important role in visual journalism or NPPA’s history, and their memories live on by supporting undergraduate and graduate students’ educational goals.
Bob East was a colorful and widely known veteran photographer for the Miami Herald who died in 1985 after more than 45 years in the profession. He was NPPA’s national secretary, and he mentored many interns.
Reid Blackburn was only 27 when he died on assignment while covering the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. The scholarship was established in his memory by his newspaper, The Columbian of Vancouver, WA.
Bob Baxter was director of photography for the Suburban Publishing Co. in Union, NJ. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II. In 1971, a swimming accident left Baxter a paraplegic. He spent the last eleven years of his life in East Orange Veterans Hospital where he became the hospital’s photography instructor and commentator on the in-house radio station. He died in 1982. The scholarship was established in 1979 with Baxter’s own savings along with contributions from his family, friends, and professional colleagues.
Kit C. King was chief photographer for The Spokesman-Review and Chronicle. A compassionate photographer who cared about the people he covered, gritty documentary photojournalism was his trademark. He died in a Snake River fishing accident in 1991.
Jimi Lott was a Seattle Times staff photographer for more than 20 years. Known for his keen eye, compassion, and boundless energy, his work focused on the less fortunate in the Seattle community, including the homeless and those with mental illness. He died in 2005 at age 52.
The NPPF Booster Club, made up of NPPA Life members, has provided significant funding over the years.