The Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation Inc. presents the Bob Eddy Scholarship Program To Foster Journalism Careers

The 2016 winners are:


CTSPJ President Paul Singley, left, with Sophie Ota, Bob Eddy Scholarship winner.

Sophie Jane Ota (Bob Eddy Award — $2,500), a Redding, Connecticut native, is a rising junior at George Washington University, where she is a reporter for her campus radio station, WRGW District Radio. She has interned at The Redding Pilot, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. She will be interning in D.C. this summer at the Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. She received the 2015 Phillip L. Graham Diversity in Journalism Award and the 2016 Sherman Page Allen Excellence in Journalism Award through her journalism department. Sophie aspires to become a political reporter.


CTSPJ President Paul Singley, left, with Amanda Morris's father, who accepted the Bob Eddy Scholarship award on her behalf while she is traveling in Europe.

CTSPJ President Paul Singley, left, with Amanda Morris’s father, who accepted the Bob Eddy Scholarship award on her behalf while she is traveling in Europe.

Amanda D. Morris (Bob Eddy Award – $1,500), of Farmington, Connecticut, will be a junior at New York University, double majoring in Journalism and Media, Culture and Communications. Her aspiration is to be a humanitarian journalist who covers global issues. She has experience in print, radio and broadcast journalism, including internships at Scholastic News, Daily Monitor, and a summer internship planned for the Republican-American in Waterbury.





CTSPJ President Paul Singley, left, with Richard Peck Scholarship winner Sandra Gomez-Aceves.

Sandra Gomez-Aceves (Richard Peck Award – $1,000) is a junior at Southern Connecticut State University from Meriden, Connecticut. She is the news director for the campus television station, SCSU TV, and has completed an internship at the Meriden Record-Journal. She will start an internship at the Hartford Courant this summer. She is working toward a career in broadcast journalism, and would like to one day work at Univision.




CTSPJ President Paul Singley, left, with scholarship winner John Napolitano.

CTSPJ President Paul Singley, left, with scholarship winner John Napolitano.

John V. Napolitano (James Clark/Pat Child Award – $1,000) ) is a sophomore journalism major at Hofstra University from Hamden, Connecticut. He is a member of the news and sports departments at WRHU 88.7, two-time recipient of the Princeton Review’s number one college radio station. He is a staff writer for the Hofstra Chronicle, the university’s weekly print publication. Napolitano works in the Dean’s Office at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. After school, he has aspirations of working in the sports broadcasting field.

The Bob Eddy Scholarship fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

To donate to the fund, please click here to visit the donation page through the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Past Connecticut SPJ Scholarship Recipients 1981-2014


$2,500: Gabriel Rosenberg, Wesleyan University

$1,500: Isaac Stein, University of Chicago

$1,000: Samantha Tomaszewski, Lehigh University

$1,000: Monique Atkinson, Boston University


$2,500: Nicole Jacques, Boston University

$1,500: Sara Kozlowski, Quinnipiac University

$1,000: Rebecca Castagna, Quinnipiac University

$500: Xavier Lassiter, Southern Connecticut State University

$500: Courtney Silva, Southern Connecticut State University


 $2,500: Brianna Gurciullo, George Washington Univeristy

 $1,500: Kristin Stoller, Penn State University

 $1,000: Shaquille Brewster, Howard University

 $600: Loan Le, Fairfield University

 $500: Christopher Langlois, Hofstra University

 $500: Sarah Ferris, George Washington University


 $2,500: Daniel Peterson, Boston University

 $1,500: Matthew Jones, Virginia Tech

 $1,000: Janet Edbrooke, University of Southern California

 $500 & Brigitte Greenberg Award: Christopher Langlois, Hofstra University

 $500: Bryan Morales, Central Connecticut State University


 $2,500: Amy Schellenbaum, University of Connecticut

 $1,500: Katelin Chow, University of Washington

 $1,000: Chardonee Wright, Southern Connecticut State University

 $500: Scott Backer, George Washington University

 $500: Ryan Morgan, Southern Connecticut State University


 $2,000: Katelin Chow, University of Washington

 $1,000: Emma Sokoloff-Rubin, Yale University

 $250:  Kaitlin O’Brien,  Southern Connecticut State University

  $250:  Jaclyn Reiss, Boston University


 $2,000: Elizabeth Bewley, Yale University

 $1,500: Jennifer Altavilla, New York University

 $1,000: Sara Peck, Northwestern University

 $250: Daniel Hollis, Lyndon State College

 $250: Allison Townsend, Southern Connecticut State University

Download the list of all previous winners, from 1981-2011

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