Two $1,000 awards given in honor of former RTDNA Presidents Theodore Koop, Bruce Dennis, James McCulla, John Salisbury, Bruce Palmer, Dick Cheverton, Jim Byron, Ben Chatfield and John Hogan.
2015 Presidents Scholarship Winner - Emily Schweich, University of Maryland
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Emily Schweich is a senior broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She has worked as an anchor, reporter, producer and production crew volunteer for Maryland Capital News Service, the University of Maryland's student-run news wire. Emily was the president of the Society of Professional Journalists 2015 National Outstanding Campus Chapter and has worked as a multimedia reporter for The Diamondback, the University of Maryland's student newspaper. She has interned at the NBC News Washington Bureau and at WUSA9, Washington, D.C.'s CBS affiliate, and hopes to return one day to the nation's capital to work as a television news producer.
"Receiving this scholarship encourages me to continue working hard in the broadcast journalism field. I respect the work RTDNA has done to protect the rights of electronic journalists and promote ethics in the field, and I am honored to be recognized by this prestigious organization."
Sue Kopen Katcef, Capital News Service Broadcast Bureau Director and Lecturer at Merrill College, says, “I have known and worked with Emily since her freshman year here at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. I have found Emily to be an outstanding leader and an incredibly dedicated worker.”
“Emily brings confidence to our newsroom along with talent and an impressive dedication to the job at hand—no matter how challenging. No job is too small or too big for Emily to tackle. And every job she’s asked to do she does exceedingly well and with tremendous dedication.”
“What’s truly impressive is that not only does Emily’s involvement at the University extend well beyond our Merrill College of Journalism (she is a member of the University Chorale as well as a choir member of the Catholic Student Center Music Ministry), she is able to serve her both communities while maintaining high academic honors. It is an impressive achievement!”