SJU Grad Awarded Prestigious Journalism Scholarship

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PHILADELPHIA (May 21, 2008) – Of the 56 Pennsylvania students who applied for the Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship, Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors (PAPME) honored only one recipient, recent Saint Joseph's University graduate and English major David King, with a cash award at a public banquet earlier this month.

"I'm very honored to receive the Flamminio Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors," said King, who wrote for Saint Joseph's student newspaper, The Hawk, for three years. "It is really a tribute to our paper's staff, our advisor and the University that, for the second consecutive year, a Saint Joseph's student-journalist received this award. In a state where there are so many fine daily and weekly student publications, to win this award is all the more of an honor," King said.

A native of Drexel Hill, Pa., King graduated from Upper Darby High School, where he wrote his first newspaper article for the student paper. After entering Saint Joseph's University, King became a staff writer for The Hawk student newspaper as a sophomore and interned with the University's communications department for over a year, where he was assigned news and feature articles for the University's weekly newsletter and alumni magazine.

During his senior year, in addition to being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, King interned in the Features Department of The Philadelphia Inquirer for a semester. His collegiate journalistic contributions and demonstrated academic excellence contributed to his winning the scholarship.

Although candidates for the Flamminio Scholarship need not be journalism majors, they should plan to pursue a career in print journalism, demonstrate a record of academic distinction, and write for or edit their respective campus newspapers.

This award, which has been given annually for the past several decades, is named after Ralph Flamminio, the former Allentown Morning Call and Coatesville Record editor. Flamminio was known for building a spirit of cooperation that has become the hallmark of the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors. Prior to his death in 1986, Ralph was a champion for a close association of Pennsylvania newspapers. He believed PAPME could strengthen the network of newspapers and enrich its content by making stories more relevant to readers through contributions to the Associated Press. "A better-informed Pennsylvania is a better state," Ralph would say.

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