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Standout SJGC Student Earns Coveted Scholarship from Top Journalism Organization

Edna Rutland

(TALLAHASSEE, FL) Last week, incoming freshman Edna Rutland earned the 2019 Julie Schoo Scholarship for Diversity in Journalism from The National Press Club (NPC). NPC is the world's leading professional and social organization for journalists. The scholarship honors the memory of the late Julie Schoo, former executive director of the NPC.

Rutland, who graduated this year from Central High School in Macon, Georgia, will use the scholarship to study journalism in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University.

"Edna wowed the judges with the maturity of her writing on issues such as race relations," said Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, president of the National Press Club. "We expect to see great things from Edna in the years to come."

Rutland has been taking journalism classes wherever she could find them since ninth grade, including summer journalism programs at George Mason University in Virginia, Wake Forest in North Carolina, and Mercer University in Georgia.

"Edna Rutland will definitely be an asset to the field of journalism" and stands ready to "challenge the status quo," wrote Lyschel Shipp, chair of the English Department at Central High. Rutland's goal is to return to Macon one day to become mayor, Mrs. Shipp wrote. She added, "I believe in the inevitability of her success."

Rutland wrote, "I have used whatever voice (or pen) I had to bring a diverse perspective to my work," including asking black or brown faces around her for their opinion on the story she was covering. "That's how you ensure that the ENTIRE story is told," Rutland said.

Rutland was one of dozens of award-winners honored at the National Press Club's 46th Annual Journalism Awards Dinner on Wednesday, August 28. The National Press Club's Journalism Awards celebrate the best in American broadcast and print journalism, recognizing outstanding reporting at both the national and regional levels across every imaginable beat.

Dean Michelle Ferrier spoke on behalf of SJGC saying the school is excited to welcome Edna.

"It is such an honor for young students to see their work featured in this way. And we are especially proud that the SJGC was not Edna’s first – but her ONLY choice for where she would continue her academic career. Congratulations Edna and welcome to the Hill!”