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Houston Press Club Foundation Awards $4,000 in College Scholarships.

HOUSTON, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Press Club Educational Foundation has awarded $4,000 in scholarships for the 2003-2004 school year. The awards recognize students in a wide variety of news-related curricula, including photojournalism, broadcast, print journalism and digital media.

Winners were selected based on academic standing, letters of recommendation and overall interest in pursuing a career in news reporting or production. Applicants must be either college juniors or seniors who are majoring in journalism, communications or related degree programs.

"The short-term goal of these scholarships is to help the winners complete their education," said John Breed, director of media and government relations, Cooper Industries and Houston Press Club Educational Foundation board member. "Longer-term, the Press Club's goal is to help foster the next generation of news professionals. We're confident that whether these students end up as reporters or editors, in front of the camera or behind it, they'll make a real contribution to the future of journalism."
 This year's recipients of the Foundation's named scholarships are:
 -- The George McElroy Scholarship to Maureen King of the University of
 Texas at Austin;
 -- The Bette Leiber Scholarship to Ariane Sulaiman of the University of
 Houston;
 -- The Ken and Harriett Brasel Scholarship to Emily Davis of the
 University of Houston; and
 -- The Nicholas C. Chriss Scholarship to Marion Maendel of the University
 of St. Thomas.


All scholarship winners will be honored at the Press Club's annual Gridiron Show, which is scheduled for September 20, 2003, at the Brady's Landing Restaurant in Houston. This annual event, which includes appearances by many members of the local media, raises money to fund the scholarship program.

Since its inception, the Houston Press Club Educational Foundation has awarded more than $290,000 in scholarships to students who are from the Houston area. The Houston Press Club is a not-for-profit organization promoting professional development and protection of free speech. Membership in the Press Club of Houston is open to a wide range of professional communicators in the greater Houston area -- including but not limited to -- reporters, editors, photographers, publishers, journalism teachers, free-lance writers, and those who work in the public relations and advertising industries. For more information on the Houston Press Club, please visit http://www.houstonpressclub.org/ .

Contact: John Breed

(713) 209-8835

CONTACT: John Breed of Houston Press Club, +1-713-209-8835

Web site: http://www.houstonpressclub.org/
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