Pennsylvania Women's Press Association


The application period for our 2015 scholarship has closed. Please start planning for next year’s contest, and consider joining us as a student member today!

Or, if you’re interested in becoming a PWPA member, click here.


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Each year the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association offers a $1,500 scholarship to a print journalism student.

The winner of the 2015 Teresa Spatara Memorial Scholarship is Jenny Schouppe (above), a junior communication major with a focus in journalism and electronic media.

She attends Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA. She recently received the position as  the Chief Photographer for Waynesburg University’s award-winning student news publication, Yellow Jacket.

She also is the Programming Director for the Waynesburg University’s Society of Professional Journalist student chapter. She is an intern at McMillen Photography this summer and also has plans to do some freelance writing for local papers. Jenny hopes to one day travel the world and make money writing and taking pictures.

Photo courtesy of Jenny Schouppe.

PWPA chooses its scholarship winner on the basis of proven journalistic ability, dedication to a newspaper career and general merit. Men and women are eligible.

To apply for the 2016 scholarship you must:

  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania.
  • Study print journalism in a baccalaureate or graduate-level program at a Pennsylvania college or university.
  • Be classified as a junior, senior or graduate student in the fall of 2014.
  • Be a student member of PWPA.
  • Be able to attend the PWPA luncheon on May 30 in Gettysburg.

Applications for the scholarship must include:

  • A 500-word essay summarizing your interest in journalism, your career plans and any other information about why you should receive this scholarship.
  • Clippings of published work from school newspapers or other publications. Please include the name of the publications in which these clips appeared. Photocopies are acceptable.
  • A copy of your current college transcript.
  • An optional statement of financial need.

Applications lacking any of the above information will be considered incomplete and will be rejected.

Our Mission

To promote high standards in journalism; to provide exchange of journalistic trends and experience; to advance in careers in journalism, to coordinate opinion on matters of state and national interest to journalists, in particular, those of women.