Scholarships

 

Congratulations to the 2019 scholarship winners!

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Zephanie Battle

Texas State University

Journalism and Mass Communication

Zephanie Battle is a Journalism and Mass Communication senior at Texas State University, with a minor in Art with a focus on photography. She graduated high school with an associates degree and hopes to continue her education with graduate school in the near future. She has written online articles for Study Breaks magazine and submitted works for her university’s newspaper, The University Star. Battle’s dream job would be to become a photojournalist for Rolling Stone, Time Magazine or National Geographic. Battle loves getting to know others, animals, music and movies.

 

Katrina Clements

University of Texas at San Antonio

English

Katrina Clements is a junior at The University of Texas at San Antonio studying English with a minor in communications. Through spending her sophomore year as the assistant Arts & Life editor at UTSA’s independent student newspaper, The Paisano, she found a passion for arts journalism. She has been named to be the Arts & Life editor for the coming fall semester. Primarily writing articles featuring artists and their upcoming collections to be shown in San Antonio, she has thrived through connecting with other creators in the community. She hopes that with writing about culture and the arts, she brings inspiration and a sense of joy to print media.

 

Kyle Cotton

University of Texas at Arlington

Journalism

Born and raised in San Antonio, Cotton grew up rushing to read the San Antonio Express-News sports section every day, dreaming to be a sports reporter one day. Once he arrived at the journalism program at San Antonio College, he fell in love with news as his stories helped inform his community. Cotton says he owes all his success to his parents and the amazing advisors at San Antonio College and UT-Arlington. Without them, he would not be the person he is today.

 

Jessica Christine Del Valle

Texas State University

Multimedia Production

Jessica Christine Del Valle obtained her associate degree in journalism from San Antonio College and will study Multimedia production at Texas State University this fall. Del Valle spent the last two years studying the many elements of journalism from photography, to video journalism, to reporting and looks forward to continued education in the field. Growing up Del Valle always had a love for sports which drew her interest in sports reporting when she entered the journalism program. During her time at SAC, Del Valle was the Sports Editor for The Ranger, a student-run newspaper. Her hard work has allowed her to develop a strong portfolio and skills that have earned her awards and recognition. Del Valle says she owes all her success to her parents and the great advisors at SAC. She is currently interning at Sports2nite and is a part-time staff writer for San Antonio Express-News.

 

Soleil Gaffner

Trinity University

Communications

Soleil Gaffner is a rising senior at Trinity University, studying Communication and Spanish with a minor in International Studies. She has worked on Trinity’s independent, student-run newspaper, the Trinitonian, since her freshman year. During her tenure, she’s held the several positions, including columnist, copy editor, and section editor, and has enjoyed every minute of it. In the fall, she will continue striving for independent and passion-driven journalism as the Opinion section editor for the Trinitonian.

 

Stephanie Garza

Our Lady of the Lake University

Communications

Stephanie Garza is a mass communications senior at Our Lady of the Lake University. As a public relations major and political science minor, Garza has benefited from versatile courses that have provided her with unique experiences and incredible opportunities.

Garza’s passion for journalism and writing began at a young age but flourished during her first semester at OLLU. While at OLLU, Garza has acquired experience in writing, editing, publishing, and studio and field production. Garza is a reporter for The Lake Front, OLLU’s student-run newspaper, and for The Lake Front Newscast. As a McNair Scholar, Garza hopes to advance the research in the fields of mass communications and political science.

 

Mariah Gonzalez,

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

 

Jesus E. Jimenez

Communications

Texas A&M University at San Antonio

Renee Jesus Jimenez is a communications senior with  minor in English at TExas A&M University-San Antonio. Raised in a small twon of Fabens, he moved here in 2015 as a transfer student to Northwest Vista College. Jesus began reporting htis past semester, where he wrote about two opposite issues currently in Bexar County. He profiled Sheriff Javier Salazar and County Commissioner Precinct #3 Kevin Wolff; and Executive Directors Sandra Whitley and Howard Rogers from Thrive Youth Center and Alamo Area Resource Center, respectively, on the issue of LGBT homeless youth. In the fall, Jesus will be an intern at Univision where he will shadow reporters, videographers and produciton while on assignments. In spring 2019, he will begin his master’s program in mass communication at Texas State University.

Renee Muñiz

University of the Incarnate Word

Communication Arts and English

Renee Muñiz is a junior at the University of the Incarnate Word double majoring in communication arts with a concentration in journalism and English. She takes delight in creativity, especially writing. She hopes to use her writing to showcase the lesser-known members of her community who are striving to make a difference. She is also an active member of her campus ministry at UIW as part of the media ministry.  

 

Victoria O’Connor

University of the Incarnate Word

 

Guadalupe Perez

Texas State University

Journalism

Guadalupe Perez, who goes by Wally, is going into his senior year at Texas State University pursuing a bachelor’s in journalism. He’s already earned an associate’s in journalism from San Antonio College, where he worked for The Ranger for two years as editor-in-chief, features editor and other positions. He’s also written for The Tacoist and Folo Media, which gave him an opportunity to work alongside veteran reporters/editors who had worked at MSNBC, the Washington Post, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. He recently took an interest in broadcast journalism, specifically radio, and plans to work for Texas State’s radio station KTSW 89.9 this coming school year.

 

Ashley Skinner

Texas State University

Journalism

Ashley Skinner is a senior at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology. She was recently inducted to the Council of Scholars, a prestigious honor society for students who have been on the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters. Only 5% of the College of Fine Arts and Communication students earn this privilege. Ashley was a reporter for the school’s newspaper, The University Star, and eventually took on the News Editor position. In January of 2018, she went to Guyana as a member of the Global News Team to report on Texas State’s Respiratory Care team giving aide to the developing country. In high school, Ashley interned for her hometown’s local newspaper, The Bandera Bulletin, was the State Champion of the University of the Interscholastic League News Writing competition, Editor of the Bulldog Times, Co-Editor of the Bulldog Nation News broadcast and head yearbook photographer. She will graduate in May 2019, a year earlier than expected, and wants to be a news reporter or editor for a widely known newspaper.

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The 2018 scholarship winners!

A group photo of the 2017 scholarship winners for the Society of Professional Journalist's San Antonio chapter.

Jose Arredondo

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Journalism

Jose Arredondo is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He has written and photographed at The Bugle Call, The Big Stick, The Ranger and La Prensa newspapers. Recently, Arredondo interned at Spectrum News where he covered the San Antonio Spurs and performed on camera. In seven years, Arredondo has interviewed Emmitt Smith, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Diamond Dallas Paige and several over high profile figures.

Adam Christopher Barraza

University of the Incarnate Word

Communication Production

At the age of eight, Adam Christopher Barraza grew fond of video cameras during summer vacation while celebrating his birthday at Disneyland. As he grew older, his love for cameras also grew. He went on to do school news at Coronado High School, which helped land him an internship in El Paso. A year later, Barraza moved to San Antonio and went on to earn his A.A.S. in radio, television and film at San Antonio College. He is now working towards his bachelor’s in communications with a concentration in production, all while working for Fox 29 and NBC’s News 4 in San Antonio.

 

Marco P. Cadena

University of the Incarnate Word

Graduate Student, Bilingual Communications

Marco P. Cadena is a communication arts student concentrating in bilingual communications at University of the Incarnate Word. Cadena is expected to graduate with a Master of Arts degree in May 2018. Throughout his college years, Cadena acquired experience in writing, editing, publishing in English and Spanish, broadcasting, photography, design, and layout by being an active member of UIW’s radio station, student-run newspaper, and television station. He occupied positions such as KUIW’s radio DJ, opinions editor for The Logos, and communications director for UIWtv. Apart from writing and broadcast journalism, Cadena enjoys music, traveling, and horror films.

 

Kyle Cotton

University of Texas at Arlington

Journalism

Born and raised in San Antonio, Cotton grew up rushing to read the San Antonio Express-News sports section every day, dreaming to be a sports reporter one day. Once he arrived at the journalism program at San Antonio College, he fell in love with news as his stories helped inform the Alamo Colleges’ community. Cotton says he owes all his success to his parents and the amazing advisors at San Antonio College. Without them, he would not be the person he is today.

 

James Dusek

San Antonio College

Journalism

James Dusek is a journalism sophomore at San Antonio College, where he is the features editor at The Ranger. He is passionate about sharing people’s stories and thoughts. Home-schooled for most of his life, James developed a voracious appetite for reading stories at a young age and later fell in love with writing. He believes stories, more now than ever, are vitally important to understanding and empathizing with one another.

 

Cynthia Herrera

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Journalism

Cynthia Herrera is a communications senior with a minor in sociology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She is a first generation college student and graduated from San Antonio College where she obtained two associate degrees, one in journalism and the other in photography. While at SAC, she was the assistant managing editor and editor for The Ranger. She also works as a multimedia journalist at NOWCastSA and interns for The Tacoist. She recently became multimedia editor for The Mesquite.

 

Bethany Melendez

University of the Incarnate Word

Communication Arts

My name is Bethany Melendez and I have just finished my first year of college at the University of the Incarnate Word. I am studying communication arts and minoring in photography and English. I am also the photo editor of the university’s newspaper The Logos. I am very honored to receive this scholarship! Thank you!

 

Renee Muniz

University of the Incarnate Word

Journalism

Renee Muniz is a sophomore majoring in communication arts with a concentration in journalism at the University of the Incarnate Word. Muniz developed a love for journalism in elementary school, watching “Good Morning America” every day before school. She wanted to know: How did the reporters feel? What would their tone be towards each new story? Today, along with writing for The Logos, student-run newspaper, she enjoys spending time with her second family in campus ministry.

 

Victoria O’Connor

University of the Incarnate Word

Journalism

A reporter for the student newspaper The Logos, O’Connor was recently promoted to features editor, overseeing features from student reporters, laying out sections of the newspaper and writing a monthly column. She has also participated as a volunteer anchor for the campus news station, UIWtv, and is a member of the multicultural sorority, Delta Xi Nu.

 

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez

San Antonio College

Journalism

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez is currently an intern for The Tacoist and will attend Texas State University this fall (2017) to obtain a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He started his journalism career at San Antonio College in 2015 with The Ranger newspaper and concluded his final semester there as a reporter and illustrator for the paper. Perez held the positions of features editor, calendar editor, photographer, and editor in chief. He is a native of the Rio Grande Valley and enjoys watching movies and listening to music in his free time.

 

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Communications

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez is a communications senior with a minor in business at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. As president of the SPJ student chapter she feels very proud of obtaining an SPJ scholarship for the second year in a row. She has written for The Ranger, San Antonio College newspaper, The Mesquite and has passion for journalism and writing.

 

Amisarahi Sarabia

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Journalism

Amisarahi Sarabia is a communications major at Texas A&M-San Antonio. She uses her creativity and visual skills as the visual editor for The Mesquite, the online campus news publication. SPJ recently recognized The Mesquite staff for the best digital online student publication, earning Ami her second SPJ recognition. Ami previously reported for The Pulse at Palo Alto College and worked as a photographer at San Antonio’s Tower of the Americas. In 2013, Ami started her own website “The Girl Is Poison” (http://thegirlispoison.com) dedicated to beauty, lifestyle and entertainment. Ami’s passions include photography, reading, blogging and listening to The Beatles.

 

Julie Weis

Trinity University

Communication

Julia is a rising junior at Trinity University. She is studying communication and chinese, with a minor in business. She has worked for the school’s newspaper, the Trinitonian, for two years as a copy editor and feature reporter. In the fall, Julia will be the Trinitonian’s sports editor.

 

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