Texas Gridiron Scholarships —
Donna Darovich $1,500
Recognizes excellence in writing across all sections — news, arts, lifestyle, people stories. As a Star-Telegram reporter, Donna Darovich won consecutive feature-writing first places in Associated Press Managing Editors competitions. Texas Press Women twice named her the state’s Most Outstanding Woman Journalist.
Jerry Flemmons $1,000
Jerry Flemmons excelled at features. This scholarship rewards outstanding feature writing.
Joe Holstead $1,000
Recognizes superior broadcast journalism. Texas Radio Hall of Fame member Joe Holstead was one of Fort Worth-Dallas’ most revered news personalities.
Staley and Beverly McBrayer $2,000
Recognizes excellence in college student media or as an intern with a professional news organization. This is considered Fort Worth SPJ’s Most Valuable Player awar
d. Staley McBrayer marketed the offset press, which revolutionized the printing industry.
Al Panzera $1,000
Recognizes outstanding photojournalism. Star-Telegram photographer Al Panzera designed “Big Bertha,” a 4×5 Graflex telephoto camera customized for sports.
Jack B. Tinsley $1,500
Recognizes excellence in opinion writing such as columns and editorials. Jack Tinsley was Star-Telegram executive editor from 1975 to 1986 and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes.
LINA DAVIS SCHOLARSHIP $2,000
Honors the memory of longtime Arlington, Texas, educator and mentor Lina Davis, a progressive and nurturing journalism teacher at Sam Houston and Arlington high schools. Several Lina Davis Scholarships may be awarded each year.
JAY MILNER SCHOLARSHIP $1,000
This scholarship is intended for students with great financial need. It celebrates the contributions to journalism and journalism education of author/teacher Jay Milner, who is perhaps best known for his “Confessions of a Maddog: A Romp Through the High-Flying Texas Music and Literary Era of the Fifties to the Seventies.”
SPJ Fort Worth Reaves-King Mid-Career Grant
This grant grew out of veteran Texas journalist (and former SPJ Fort Worth president) Gayle Reaves-King’s desire to help news media professionals take advantage of continuing-education opportunities, since many news organizations no longer pay for such training. Fort Worth SPJ’s Board of Directors named the award for Reaves-King to honor her service to the chapter and the profession.