Indiana State College Receives Journalism Scholarship Funding Reward | information

A Pittsburgh alumnus and “half retired reporter” donated $ 25,000 to University to help fund scholarships for journalism students in need.

The William “Bill” Zlatos Communication Fellowship is also funded by a contribution from his estate.

Zlatos, now a freelance writer, has worked on newspapers such as the Pittsburgh Tribune Review and the Fort Wayne Sentinel. In 1972 he graduated from ISU. He received the Chasteen Pickerl scholarship, which helped him to cover the costs of his studies.

“That made an impression,” said Zlatos. “She helped me and then I could put that on my résumé. I was like, ‘Man, I want to do this for someone else.’

Zlatos also recalled, “I didn’t know about going to college. I’m the oldest child of four and I didn’t get any real help from high school. There are a lot of kids who just don’t know all about what it’s like to go to college and I wanted to help them have something and not have to go through what I did. “

Shana Kopaczewski, Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department, thanked for the gift.

“We are proud to have a program dedicated to preparing the next generation of journalists and media professionals who will contribute to the accurate, credible and ethical messages that are the cornerstone of democratic reflection and debate,” she said. “The Bill Zlatos Scholarship for Communication will make it possible to support outstanding students on this important path.”

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