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.
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/