Announcing the winners of the 2024 Bob Eddy Scholarships

Each year, the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists hands out scholarships intended to foster the journalism careers of qualifying college students with Connecticut ties.

Competition was especially steep for the second year in a row, with entrants from 10 universities in five different states.

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This year’s winners are:

Rachel Shin ($2,500) – Rachel Shin is an English major and Journalism Initiative Scholar at Yale, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Politic: the Yale College Journal of Politics. Her reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation and Fortune, among other outlets.

Terell Wright ($1,500) – Terell Wright is a senior at Connecticut College studying political economy and history. 

Wright is a reporting intern at The Wall Street Journal. At the Journal, he covers the American economy. Wright is also a contributing reporter for The Day, where he localizes national trends impacting young readers. Additionally, he contributes to Connecticut Public Radio as a New London reporter. Previously, Wright reported as a Dow Jones News Fund intern for the Atlanta Business Chronicle focusing on labor, economics and housing.

Wright is also a New York Times Corps member and Bloomberg Journalism Diversity Program alum. Wright is keenly interested in diversifying news coverage and mentoring aspiring young journalists.

Alicia Tang ($1,000) – Alicia Tang is a junior majoring in journalism and economics at Northwestern University. She is a producer and reporter for her school’s student broadcast, Northwestern News Network, and has published for several national publications including The Fulcrum and United Press International. In her free time, she likes to bike along scenic paths and read psycho-thrillers and memoirs. As a journalist and reader, she’s always hungry for another story.

Sara Bedigian ($1,000) – Sara Bedigian is a junior at the University of Connecticut studying journalism and political science.  She is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Campus, UConn’s independent, student-run newspaper. Before she became editor, she wrote various articles regarding news at UConn and in Connecticut. This summer, she is interning at the Worcester Business Journal, covering real estate, manufacturing, health care and other local businesses in the Worcester, Mass., area. She has a passion for writing and aspires to become a journalist to educate her community about important issues.

Savanna Yelling ($500) – Savanna Yelling is a senior at Central Connecticut State University, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She is the editor-in-chief of The Recorder, CCSU’s student-run newspaper and works as an intern at the CT League of Conservation Voters. After college, Yelling hopes to be an environmental reporter and broadcast meteorologist. She enjoys going to the gym, thrift shopping and hiking.

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