Studying journalism in college isn't something you do for the money, or for the prestige, or for the cushy work hours. You pursue journalism because you're passionate about truth and eager to tell the stories of your state, town, neighborhood, or even your own family under stay-at-home orders.
In the country's current economic situation, when so many students have lost jobs and families are struggling, we at the Houston chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists feel an obligation to help the next generation of journalists.
We started the Susanne Pagano scholarship five years ago, shortly after Susanne, a colleague and chapter officer, passed away suddenly. It's more than just a scholarship to us; it's a way of helping students carry forward Susanne's work. We offer a $1000 scholarship to an eligible student, to be applied against their tuition costs. The scholarship fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
We are asking for your help in ensuring that we have sufficient funds to grant that scholarship. We have set our goal at $250 so that we can be ready for the upcoming scholarship cycle. If we raise more, however, we are considering an additional fund to help a student particularly impacted by the pandemic. Whatever you can give will help a student achieve his or her goals. There is more information about the scholarships specifics here.