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ETSU student first recipient of Six Rivers Media Scholar award

Allison Winters

From Staff Reports

The East Tennessee State University Department of Media and Communication has announced that Allison Winters has been named the inaugural Six Rivers Media Scholar.

The Six Rivers Media Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship offered by Six Rivers Media LLC, the parent company of the daily newspapers Johnson City Press and Kingsport Times-News, as well as the weekly newspapers The Erwin Record, Jonesborough Herald & Tribune and The Tomahawk of Mountain City. The award traces its roots to late 1960s and the close relationship the newspapers have had with the ETSU Department of Media and Communication since its original founding.

“Thank you to Six Rivers Media for helping me continue my education and supporting students like me,” Winters said. “I come from a household with three other college-aged students, so financial stability has always been a struggle.”

The scholarship sponsors a student who has an interest in and potential for success in a career in journalism. The selection of the recipient is made by the journalism faculty on the basis of academic achievement, grades in journalism courses and professional promise.

Winters, an outstanding journalist and photographer, graduated this spring. However, she will continue her studies at ETSU and has been accepted into the department’s brand and media strategy master’s degree program. She will also serve as the executive editor for the East Tennessean, ETSU’s student-run campus newspaper, and as graduate assistant for ETSU’s Student Media Center.

“To be recognized by the journalism faculty and my peers is a high honor, and it’s something I will not take for granted moving forward to graduate school,” Winters said.

“We are thrilled for Allison,” said Andrew Dunn, incoming chair for the ETSU Department of Media and Communication. “And we love that she is coming back to us in the fall. She is the kind of dynamic and professional student that exemplifies our program and the company for which her scholarship is named.”