Marking 27 years of scholarship support for writers and student journalists, the Bess Whitehead Scott Scholarship Fund has announced three winners for 2017. Receiving scholarships of $1,500 each are two college journalism majors and one writer in the “40 and older” category.
This year’s awards bring the Fund’s total outlay to more than $65,000. The first scholarship was granted in 1991 in honor of Scott, a pioneering woman in newspapers, advertising and teaching. During World War I, Scott talked her way into the Houston Post city room and became the first woman to cover news stories. She was still a working writer when she reached the age of 100. The Bess W. Scott Fund is affiliated with the Austin Community Foundation.
Scott Journalism Scholarships
Denver Donchez, 27, of San Marcos is a senior at Texas State University, majoring in journalism and minoring in women’s studies. She has worked two full-time jobs while putting herself through school—all while maintaining at 4.0 grade average.
Donchez says her goal is “to be an advocate for the socially marginalized individuals who feel that they have no voice.”
Darcy Sprague, 20, has known since high school she wanted a career as a writer. The junior at Texas State University has had several journalism internships, including Austin Woman magazine, and this year traveled to Nicaragua to cover poverty and health issues as part of a study abroad program.
Sprague says she would like to work for a nonprofit and cover humanitarian crises. She is from Elgin.
Scott Scribes Scholarship
(for ages 40 and older)
Audrey Webb, 56, of Pflugerville is a graduate student in dramatic writing at Texas State University. She is working toward a Master of Fine Arts and wants to “apply my artistic abilities to the creation of dramatic works that provide not only entertainment but a fresh look at social situations that affect us all.” One of her plays was selected for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Webb previously worked as a reporter, copy editor, marketing writer and editor.
Rae Jefferson — Baylor University
Anna Herod — Texas State University-San Marcos
Jan Tomas — Writers’ League of Texas workshops
Maleesa Johnson — Baylor University
Kristen Watson — University of North Texas
Sonia Natalka — Austin Community College
Barry Maxwell — Austin Community College
Jordan Gass-Pooré — Texas State University-San Marcos
Lindsay Medina — Texas State University-San Marcos
Kathleen Floyd — Midwestern State University
Zahra Farah — Texas State University in San Marcos
LaJuana Hale — University of North Texas in Denton
Nick Dean – Baylor University, Waco
Caitlin Giddens – Baylor University, Waco
Elizabeth Langton – University of North Texas, Denton
Kellie Salome – St. Edward’s University, Austin
Catharine Lynn Hirst – Baylor University
Pennie Freeland Boyett – University of North Texas
Erika Pedroza – Baylor University
Philip Perez – Del Mar College
Jackie Baylon – Texas State University-San Marcos
Alex Hering – Texas State University-San Marcos
Margaret Anderegg – University of Texas of the Permian Basin