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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Maneater Scholarship

Information on the award and its past recipients.

Donation

Any donations to the Maneater Scholarship Fund are greatly appreciated. Since 2008, a committee of alumni has awarded a $500 scholarship annually. In 2012, the committee awarded two $1,000 scholarships. In 2013, the committee will award one $2,500 scholarship. The committee would like to gradually increase the award, with the ultimate goal of a full-year's tuition by 2020. To do this, we need your help. Donations can be directed to MU's Giving to Mizzou page. Please select "Other" when prompted and specify "Maneater Scholarship" in the comment box.


Applicants

December 6: Applications and fliers announcing the $2,500 scholarship will be posted.

February 21: Applications must be received by Becky Diehl, adviser, by 4:00 pm

April 14: Applicant will be notified of the results of the selection committee.

Criteria:

  1. Applicants must have been employed by The Maneater newspaper for one semester.
  2. The applicant must have at least a 2.2 GPA. The applicant must submit all of the required documents (application form, samples of work, 500-word essay, letter of recommendation) to Becky Diehl, diehlb@missouri.edu, by 4:00 p.m. on February 21.
  3. Scholarship will be credited to the recipient's university account for the Fall 2014 semester. Seniors graduating in May or past winners are not eligible to apply.

To apply: Complete the application and deliver it to Becky Diehl by email or in G216 Student Center.


Testimonials

  • Justin Myers
  • Justin Myers

    I'm working in Arlington, Va., for the PBS NewsHour developing Web and mobile news applications.

    I worked at The Maneater for three years, including five semesters on the editorial board. Spending so much time in the newsroom while also working on two degrees (journalism and electrical engineering) didn't leave a lot of time for outside work, so the scholarship certainly helped offset the financial burden of attending MU.

    Working at The Maneater gave me the chance to learn a great deal about journalism before I was allowed to take any of the staff classes in the J school, and I was able to try a little of everything instead of being confined to just one main beat for a semester. The Maneater also is where I first got involved in Web development, which has helped me learn the skills I'll be using daily at the NewsHour. I also met plenty of people with whom I still collaborate and keep in contact. While I'm glad to be going other places and do other things, my time at The Maneater definitely helped me figure out where I want to be in the field of journalism and gain the skills to get there.

  • Kirstin Shew
  • Kirstin Shew

    I moved back to Chicago after graduation last May and I am a regional account executive for L2T Media. I started on the pay per click team in May and moved to sales in January.

    I worked at the Maneater starting as an advertising representative in 2007 until 2009. I then became the sales manager my senior year, 2009-2010.

    The scholarship money came at a great time for me because my dad had just lost his job and I took on more financial responsibilities.

  • Angela Case
  • Angela Case

    I worked for The Maneater as a staff writer and occasional online assistant for two years, until I moved on to Journalism 4804-Convergence Reporting. J4804 is one of the toughest classes in the journalism school, but my time with the Maneater made it easier. The paper gave me experience tracking down sources and rewriting stories until they were perfect, and this knowledge came in handy as I reported for the Missourian, KBIA and Newsy.com. The reporting this semester is brutal, but after that, it gets better.

    In my case, it got much better. I'm currently living, playing and studying 9,000 miles from home in Sydney, Australia. I'm an editorial intern for Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine, where I get to write about amazing people doing amazing things all over Australia and the world.

    I could not have done any of this without my experience with The Maneater. Working for the paper gave me fundamental experience in journalism, and the scholarship helped cover the cost of study abroad tuition, bringing me one step closer to living the dream.

  • Allison Prang
  • Allison Prang

    Saying The Maneater newsroom is my home away from home, barely does this institution justice, and I could not be more honored to be the fourth recipient of the scholarship this student newspaper offers. My parents' calls to me are usually full of questions like, "Yes, I know you love the newsroom, but how is school?" And while school is always good, I have learned more at The Maneater than anywhere about what I want to do. I could not have asked for a better staff to serve as my college family and my circle of student mentors and friends. I was looking for a place and school where I could truly eat, sleep and breathe journalism — I found that here. The generous scholarship was used toward my general tuition costs here at MU.

  • Nate Atkins
  • Nate Atkins

    It's a little ironic that I type this paragraph from a Maneater computer, even though I no longer work here, but that is what this newsroom has come to offer me: a place to learn, work, laugh and sometimes even live. My experiences at The Maneater the last two years have been irreplaceable, from working as a sports beat reporter to taking editorial board positions at the copy and sports desks. The staffers, editors and sources I have met along the way have made the experience, and I could not be more honored to share The Maneater's fifth scholarship with the great Lizzie Johnson. This scholarship will go to pay off my general tuition.

  • Lizzie Johnson
  • Lizzie Johnson

    To say that I live at The Maneater is an understatement. I have spent hours in the office giving edits, receiving edits, designing and — let's be honest — even sleeping. I am so grateful and honored to be awarded this year's scholarship. This newsroom has given me a comfortable environment to grow as a writer in addition to experimenting with different journalism outlets, like photography and design. While my journalism classes have taught me technical knowledge pertinent to my field, my time at The Maneater has taught me so much through hands-on experience. The people I have met, interviewed and worked with have shaped my freshman year. The scholarship will be put to good use for tuition costs.

  • Molly Duffy
  • Molly Duffy

    I could not be more honored to receive this year's scholarship. The Maneater has given me so much already: writing and editing experience, friends, mentors. I've probably spent more time in the newsroom than anywhere else on campus — including my apartment. I've learned more at The Maneater than in any MU classroom, and I'll be forever grateful. Working as a beat writer and editor for The Maneater has defined my freshman and sophomore years, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The generous scholarship will be used for general tuition costs.

  • Jill Deutsch
  • Jill Deutsch

    The Maneater – more than either my freshman dorm room or sophomore year apartment – has become my home. It’s where I’ve interviewed countless sources, where I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words of copy and where I’ve made my greatest, most invaluable memories. Being a part of The Maneater has challenged me to balance school and friendships with editing and writing, but doing so has made me a better reporter, writer and person. I truly have no idea where I would be without this paper, and I cannot express the extent of my gratitude for being chosen as the next Maneater Scholarship recipient. The scholarship will be used for my tuition costs.

History

For many years, Maneater advisers hoped to create a scholarship to reward dedicated staffers for their hard work. The idea started to become a reality during The Maneater's 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, at which alumni started giving to a fund via an auction. Throughout the next three years, alumni continued to donate, and in 2008 an alumni committee of former editors and advisers convened to create guidelines for the scholarship. The committee awarded the first annual prize of $500 to Justin Myers in the spring of that year. Each spring, the four-person committee judges applicants and selects a recipient.


Press release

Sophomore student journalist wins $2,500 Maneater Scholarship

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Maneater scholarship committee is pleased to announce Jill Deutsch, a sophomore dual journalism and art major, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship for her contributions to the University of Missouri’s official student newspaper.

The committee received a record-breaking 13 applications from worthy students, but Deutsch stood out for her expansive experience and dedication during her two years at the paper. She served as the student organizations news editor for the past year, and previously spent time as an assistant news editor, copy editor and beat writer covering the student government. In her application essay, Deutsch described her difficulties balancing her late-night work at the paper with her other responsibilities as a student.

“The time I’ve spent writing, editing, pitching and not-sleeping are worth creating my favorite memories of college: Those crazy, coffee-fueled nights in the office when other Maneaters and I are together, creating the product that I see all over campus the next day,” she wrote. “That’s why I do it.”

Pervaiz Shallwani, a former Maneater sports editor who now works for The Wall Street Journal as a criminal justice reporter, said Deutsch is “a rookie who already understands that to make it in this business you need to have a thick skin. Her stories, essay and the words of her peers show she doesn’t take answers at face value and arrives to an interview armed to challenge her subjects.”

The Maneater scholarship program was created using seed money donated during the paper’s 50th anniversary celebration. A steering committee of alumni helps oversee the program and judges scholarship applications every year. The first recipient was announced in 2008.

“The Maneater scholarship reflects three of the greatest things about The Maneater itself,” said Gina Hosler Lamb, a former Maneater editor-in-chief and managing editor who is now the deputy chief of the Foreign/National Copy Desk at The New York Times. “First, it is open to students of any background, year or major. Second, it offers support for young people who are as devoted to their studies as they are devoted to producing a top-notch independent student publication. And third, but certainly not least, it demands and hones students' confidence, talent, heart and hard work.”

The Maneater was founded on Feb. 18, 1955, by Joel Gold. Gold took the former student newspaper, The Missouri Student, and renamed it The Maneater to reflect a more aggressive news style. Since then, The Maneater has prided itself on passionately reporting what’s important to its student readership. The newspaper has won numerous national and regional journalism honors. Maneater alumni work in many of the nation’s top newsrooms, including The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today and The Washington Post.

The editorial and advertising staffs at The Maneater are comprised entirely of students with the exception of an adviser and receptionist. The Maneater is the official student newspaper of the University of Missouri and is a student organization that operates independently from the student government, the School of Journalism and any other campus entity.

The scholarship committee has been able to sustain the program thanks to the generous donations of its proud alumni base. The committee wishes to thank alumni and donors for continuing to support the paper, and ask any friends and alumni interested in donating to the scholarship program to contact Maneater adviser Becky Diehl or check out the scholarship page on The Maneater’s award-winning website: http://www.themaneater.com/about/scholarships/