June 25, 2015

Contact: Katie VanMeter
805-756-1216; kvanmete@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Journalism Students Awarded Sacramento Press Club Scholarships

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly journalism students Benjy Egel of Davis, Calif., and Leah Horner of Sacramento recently won a total of $12,000 in scholarship funds from the Sacramento Press Club.

Egel, a junior, was awarded the $8,000 Earl Squire Behrens Scholarship, the longest-running fund of the club. It honors former San Francisco Chronicle political editor Earl Behrens.

The club presented sophomore Horner with the $4,000 Jerry Gillam Scholarship, which honors Los Angeles Times Capitol press corps member Jerry Gillam.

Egel serves as news editor for the Cal Poly Mustang News and will intern with the Sacramento Bee this summer. Horner was the 2014-15 Cal Poly Mustang News producer.

With a rigorous application process, the Sacramento Press Club distributes seven scholarships each year to students who exhibit journalist achievement and promise with a connection to the Sacramento area. In 2015, the club awarded a total of $34,000.

Founded in 1961, the Sacramento Press Club is dedicated to supporting future California journalists through scholarships. 

- Sacramento Press Club: www.sacpressclub.org/scholarships/ 
- Cal Poly Journalism Department: www.journalism.calpoly.edu/ 
- College of Liberal Arts: www.cla.calpoly.edu/  

About the Cal Poly Journalism Department
Cal Poly’s Journalism Department offers a professional program that prepares students for real-world careers. Beginning with core courses that establish a strong foundation in the field, journalism majors then focus on media specializations of their choice. Students have the opportunity to acquire practical experience by working for the department’s converged media center, newspaper, campus radio and TV station, or the student public relations agency.

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