Introduction of Ellie Rushing
our 2015-16 NPC Scholarship Student
Susan McManus and Drew Attanasio, president and vice president-finance for Champions for Learning/the Educational Foundation of Collier County, accepted the $2,500 check from Press Club of Southwest Florida for our NPC Scholarship Fund.
McManus spoke about our history together, starting with then NPC Scholarship Chair Phil Beuth’s desire in 2007 to set up the NPC Scholarship fund and find student recipients who were passionate about a career in the field of journalism. She said that Beuth was determined to make it work, and it did.
As a result of his efforts, NPC Terrence J. Miller $1,000 Renewable Scholarships have been awarded to 19 Collier County students from 2007-2015/16. Those students have primarily attended Florida schools (FGCU, FSC, FSU, FSWU, UCF, UF, USF and Rollins College). Other colleges chosen were Colorado State University-Pueblo and Emerson College-Boston.
The current NPC Scholarship Students are: Melissa Gomez (Lely H.S. 2014)-University of Florida (sophomore), Oscar Santiago (Golden Gate H.S. 2011) – FGCU (senior), Lauren Schoepfer (Barron Collier H.S. 2012) – University of Central Florida (junior), Kyle Shatto (Naples H.S. 2013) – Florida Southern College (junior), John Marshall Wix III (Golden Gate H.S. 2011) – FGCU (senior).
2015-16 NPC Scholarship Student Introduced: Ellie Rushing is graduating from Naples High School May 29, 2015, and will attend Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida in the fall. Ellie plans to major in journalism and also play varsity softball for Rollins. She also announced that she just learned that she was awarded the prestigious Naples Daily News Doris Reynolds Scholarship.
NPC President Carole Greene thanked the NPC Scholarship Committee for its efforts: Chairman Connie Kindsvater, Phil Beuth, Jeff Margolis and Rhona Saunders.