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The Maneater Scholarship

Information on the award and its past recipients.


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.


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.


  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,, 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.


  • 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 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.


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 Molly Duffy, a sophomore journalism major, has been awarded a $2,500 scholarship for her contributions to the University of Missouri’s official student newspaper. This year’s scholarship is the largest the committee has awarded since the scholarship program launched in 2008.

The Maneater scholarship program was created using seed money donated during the paper’s 50th anniversary celebration as well as other alumni gifts. A steering committee of five alumni helps oversee the program and judges scholarship applications every year.

“We began this scholarship adventure with $500; we have progressed wonderfully in not too many years,” said committee member Barb Burlison, a member of the paper’s inaugural staff and its retired longtime adviser. “I know how hard it is for students, particularly out-of-state students, to make ends meet, and I am so glad The Maneater now can be of real monetary assistance as well as practical experience for a student.”

The committee said it was a difficult decision this year, after once again receiving a record-breaking number of applications from many worthy student journalists, but Duffy stood out for her unwavering dedication and the variety of work she’s done during her two years at the paper. Duffy has served as the paper’s forum editor; the city, state and nation section editor; and beat writer, covering both the university’s student government and state higher education issues.

After her first year on staff as a writer, Duffy applied for a news editor position but wasn’t selected for it. Instead of leaving the paper, she stuck around and later accepted the forum editor job when asked to step up. In her essay, Duffy said though she was upset by the initial rejection, it made her a better journalist.

“Looking back, I can honestly say that I love that rejection,” she wrote. “Not only did it ground me, but it also opened up an entirely different newsroom to me. I hated it, but it was a huge favor to me … I had never written anything opinionated, but I felt like I needed to be at the paper. After everything the paper and staff went through my freshman year, it felt wrong to leave. So, I took the position.”

Committee member and former Maneater managing editor Derek Kravitz said Duffy “is the reason the Maneater scholarship program exists.”

“Molly has been at the paper since setting foot on campus a year and a half ago, making the paper her home away from home,” said Kravitz, a fellow at the Columbia University's Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and a former Associated Press national economics writer. “After her first year, she was asked to take on one of the newspaper's toughest jobs: penning the campus editorials. She didn't shirk from the assignment. She gives back to the paper, and the university, by working incredibly long hours with very little pay, all with the goal of producing great, informative journalism.”

The Maneater was founded Feb. 18, 1955 by Joel Gold. Gold took the former student newspaper — The Missouri Student, which was then run by the Delta Upsilon fraternity — and renamed it The Maneater to reflect a more aggressive news style. Since then, The Maneater has prided itself on passionately reporting and seeking out what’s important to its student readership. The newspaper has won numerous national and regional journalism honors. Maneater alumni have gone on to 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 increase the award amount 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.

“I am so thankful for the paper's alumni who have been able to move forward with the scholarship funding,” Burlison said. “Definitely speaks to the quality of our alumni!”