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The Donald O. Loomis Memorial Scholarship in Journalism

Journalism majors at IUP are invited to apply for the Donald O. Loomis Memorial Scholarship in Journalism for 2014–2015.

Majors who have achieved sophomore, junior, or senior status as of the deadline for application are eligible to apply for a $1,000 award.

Applicants must show evidence of achievement in any field of journalism, must have achieved a 2.75 grade-point average by Fall 2013, and must have demonstrated a well-rounded range of activities and interests outside of the classroom, as exemplified by the accompanying description of the life of Don Loomis.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a completed application form with accompanying résumé that details qualifications.

Submit the application package to the Journalism Department no later than 2:00 p.m. on March 3,  2014.

Scholarships will be announced during the Spring 2014 semester and awarded during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Applicants should submit a resume detailing qualifications, documentation of achievement in journalism, and evidence of related experiences. Selected applicants may be invited to an interview by members of the Journalism Department Scholarship Committee.

About Donald O. Loomis

Donald O. Loomis Scholarship

This annual $1,000 award was established in 2008 by Barbara Stout and David O. Loomis in memory of Donald O. Loomis, who served for 35 years as a reporter, editor, and bureau chief at the McGraw-Hill Inc. news bureau in the National Press Building in Washington, D.C.

Don Loomis grew up in Lake County, Ohio, where he worked summers on his uncle’s farm. He attended Ohio State University, where he served as editor of the campus newspaper,the Lantern, and as a stringer for the Columbus Dispatch. He graduated in 1936 with a degree in journalism.

He worked at a variety of jobs during the Great Depression, including Vicks VapoRub salesman in the middle of the Dust Bowl. In New York City, he found work in advertising and publicity. A jazz buff, he was a publicist at New York’s Pennsylvania Hotel in 1937, where Benny Goodman broke a color barrier by bringing in black musicians Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson to perform in his quartet.

Don Loomis’ career in magazine journalism began in New York at Fairchild Communications and at Modern Industry magazine. He volunteered for World War II and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Shortly after the war, he went to work for McGraw-Hill in Washington. He retired in 1983.

He was a longtime member of the National Press Club. He was a voracious reader, a world traveler, and a lifelong liberal Democrat. He was a skier, golfer, tennis player, and bicyclist, remaining athletic to the final months of his life. He died April 11, 2008, at age 93.

This annual scholarship is awarded to an IUP Journalism student who best exemplifies Don Loomis’ life.

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