Jake Williams Scholarship Awarded to Andrea Mowers

Posted on 4/18/2016 11:17:24 AM

Andrea MowersWashington, D.C., is among the top five U.S. destinations for college-student internships. It also is among the top five most-expensive U.S. cities. Which means students may return to school in the fall impoverished by a summer internship in the Nation’s Capital.

Enter the Jake Williams Scholarship. It was established by the former president of the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists – and a former summer intern in D.C. – to help Journalism and Public Relations Department majors defray the costs of living in Washington as a summer intern.

The first winner of a Williams award is Andrea K. Mowers, an IUP Journalism and Public Relations Department major and SPJ member who recently accepted a Washington Center internship in Washington D.C. Her employer is the Lean Construction Institute, a construction-industry non-profit based in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River from Washington.

Mowers said SPJ support will help her achieve her career goals.

“I hope to complete my internship with the feeling that I have improved my writing and communication skills,” Mowers said. “My ultimate goal is for this to be a networking opportunity and a stepping stone into a career in either journalism or public relations.”

Williams said the award was designed for students such as Mowers.

“Internships allow students to jump start their professional careers, but they're often unpaid, or at most, underpaid,” he said in an April 11 email from Washington, D.C., where he works full-time. “I'm proud of IUP SPJ for offering this opportunity to students who have a passion for journalism and public relations. Subsidizing the cost of interning in D.C. can limit the financial burden of living in one of the country's most expensive cities for a semester. I look forward to meeting with Andrea in Washington, D.C., and helping her and other IUP journalism and public relations students acquire the resources to succeed in this field.”

IUP SPJ acting President Ethan Brogan also congratulated Mowers.

“Andrea has exhibited behavior that illustrates what the Society of Professional Journalists is looking for,” Brogan said. “She has definitely earned this scholarship.”

Caption: Andrea K. Mowers, recipient of the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Jake Williams Scholarship Fund award for 2016.