The Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists created this scholarship fund to honor Susanne Pagano, a long-time chapter member who died suddenly in April 2014. More about Susanne below.
The Pagano scholarship offers eligible journalism students in the State of Texas the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship to be applied against fall semester education expenses. Our current cycle will be applied toward the fall 2021 semester, provided we have sufficient funds.
To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a four-year degree in journalism, communications, digital media or a related field; be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a relevant degree program at an accredited four-year educational institution in Texas; and be from the nine-county Houston metropolitan area* (permanent residency, high school graduate or family home).
If you have any questions at all about the scholarship, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We weren't able to provide a scholarship last year because of a lack of funding, but we are determined that this we will raise enough to cover the scholarship amount for fall 2021 and perhaps enough to offer additional funds to students impacted by the Covid-19 epidemic.
We hope you will give generously to the scholarship campaign and make it a little easier for today's journalism students to become the seekers of truth of tomorrow.
MORE ABOUT SUSANNE: Susanne Pagano was a 24/7 news hound who worked as a correspondent for Bloomberg BNA after a long career at business publisher Offshore Data Services.
Susanne was a constant force in the chapter for over two decades, serving in every major leadership role, including multiple stints as chapter president. No matter how busy with work or family obligations, she never turned down an SPJ project. In addition, she was an excellent mentor, offering reasoned guidance to budding journalists in a calm and understanding manner. We miss Susanne but feel we carry on her legacy through this scholarship.
*The nine counties are Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Wharton, Chambers and Austin, with the object being to award the scholarship to a student originally from the greater Houston metropolitan area.