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.
2013 Presidents Scholarship Winner - Jason Puckett | Website
Jason Puckett is a senior, broadcast journalism major at Elon University. He interned at WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina during the summer of 2012, and furthered his experience and skills with a 10-week internship at CBS News’ “60 Minutes” this past summer. Jason is the Senior Reporter for Elon Local News, the university’s student newscast, where he anchored for two years and also served as assignment manager. At Elon, he has reported live from the 2012 Democratic National Convention, anchored a seven-hour live election show, and interviewed Senators, Congressional Representatives, and just about every resident of Elon. Jason’s interests include politics, people, and reporting stories. After graduation he plans to become a local TV reporter.
"Being chosen as a recipient of the President’s Scholarship is truly an amazing honor," said Puckett. "Some of my best college experiences have come about through my participation in RTDNA activities. This scholarship will allow me to continue my reporting and storytelling at Elon as I finish out my senior year and prepare to enter the workforce."
2013 Presidents Scholarship Winner - Shannan Ferry | Website
Shannan Ferry is currently the Station Manager at WRHU-FM Radio Hofstra University and is a College Reporter for Fox News Channel. Some of her most recent accomplishments include winning the 2013 Fox News College Challenge, accepting a Gracie Award in the Most Outstanding Interview or Feature category, and being honored by the Press Club of Long Island. Shannan reported live from the floor of the 2012 Republican National Convention interviewing politicians, filing audio reports, and contributing to live coverage. She also reported on camera at the 2012 Presidential Debate for Hofstra University’s website, interviewing politicians such as Peter King, David Axelrod and Bobby Jindal among many others. Shannan previously interned with NY1 News in New York City where she helped reporters out in the field and in the newsroom. Shannan hopes to pursue a career in television or web reporting after graduation.
"I'm so honored to receive the Presidents Scholarship from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation," said Ferry. "RTDNA/F is comprised of the biggest and best newsmakers in the business and having leaders in the industry recognize my hard work is extremely rewarding. Not only will this prestigious award help me financially, but it will also encourage me to continue pursuing my professional career in media. I’m so grateful for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to further developing my leadership and professional skills through the help of RTDNF."
For a complete list of scholarship and fellowship winners update as they are announced, visit our 2013 winners page.