Deadline March 20: $1,000 Legacy Scholarships available from the HSPA Foundation


Children, grandchildren of member newspaper employees, independent contractors are eligible.

Deadline extended to March 20, 2020.

The HSPA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 Legacy Scholarship program.

There are two $1,000 awards available to any child or grandchild of an HSPA member newspaper employee or independent contractor.

Committee Chair and Foundation Board Member Mark Miller said the scholarships, “are aimed at benefiting the children and grandchildren of our industry’s best assets: our employees …”.

Student applicants can be pursuing any area of study at a college, university or vocational school.

“We’ve become aware of some confusion regarding the HSPA scholarships. We want to make it clear that what the students are majoring in is no longer a factor,” said Miller who serves as vice-president and opinion page editor of the News-Banner (Bluffton).

These new Legacy Scholarships debuted in 2018. Since then, the recipients have pursued a range of interests.

In 2018, Kathryn R. Gertin and Parker Marshall received the award.

Gertin was accepted to Oakland City University where she planned to study environmental biology. Marshall headed to the University of Cincinnati to major in mechanical engineering.

Last year’s recipients were Emily Hoffman and Benjamin Lynk.

Lynk was a four-year varsity letterman in football and a member of the National Honor Society in high school. He was accepted at DePauw University and was interested in studying computer science.

Hoffman, a graduate of Columbus North High School, was named Student of the Year for her graduating high school class. She headed to Indiana University in the fall as a pre-nursing major.

As part of the application, students are asked to write an essay talking about themselves, their interests, background and “dream job.”

In his essay, Lynk talked about his grandparents: “My family has always lived a newspaper life, and I feel that earning this scholarship would be a tribute to my grandfather and my grandmother,” Lynk wrote.

Lynk is the grandson of Mary Jo Harney who has been the owner and publisher of the Parke County Sentinel, moving into that position after the death of her husband Richard in 1999.

Click here for an application.