$1,000 HSPA Foundation Legacy Scholarship application deadline April 8

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Children, grandchildren of HSPA-member newspaper employees, contractors eligible

Any child or grandchild of an HSPA-member newspaper employee or independent contractor is invited to apply for an annual Legacy Scholarship offered by the HSPA Foundation.

There are two $1,000 awards available.

“Several years ago the HSPA Foundation Board felt that we might better use our scholarship budget by helping our members’ employees with their children and grandchildren’s education,” said Mark Miller, committee chair for the Legacy Scholarship and HSPA Foundation board member.

“I would really like to encourage the publishers, general managers, or whoever receives the information, to get that out in front of your employees any way you can.”

Mark Miller, Legacy Scholarship Committee Chair

Applicants can pursue any area of study – not just journalism – at any college, university or vocational school. Past recipients have pursued a range of interests from business management to law, nursing, engineering and more.

“The scholarships had been going to Indiana high school graduates who were going to study journalism. But we too often found that they changed majors during the course of their studies,” Miller said. “We felt that the Legacy Scholarships would be a better use of the funds and a great way to recognize our most important asset — our employees at all levels.”

Last year’s recipients were Addison Hensley and Anna Lavalley.

Addison is the daughter of Larry and Danielle Hensley. Larry Hensley is general manager of The Herald-Times (Bloomington).

Addison headed to Butler University in Indianapolis with a plan to study psychology and Spanish and with an eye toward a career in physical therapy.

Anna of Valparaiso is the daughter of Andy and Amy Lavalley. Andy is a freelance photographer, who formerly was a photo editor and photographer for the Post-Tribune (Crown Point). Amy is a freelance writer and former staff reporter with the Post-Tribune

When she received her scholarship, Anna was starting her sophomore year at DePaul University in Chicago. She is focusing on international studies and German.

Miller said applications in the past several years have dropped and the committee wants to be sure information is getting out to the employees who could benefit from the program.

“I would really like to encourage the publishers, general managers, or whoever receives the information, to get that out in front of your employees any way you can,” Miller said.

More information and this year’s application are available here.

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