Scholarship Established for IUP Students Enrolled in Journalism and Public Relations

Posted on 8/26/2018 12:54:46 PM

A scholarship in honor and memory of the late Larry Judge has been established by his widow, Elaine Reschini Judge, and his daughter, Lisa Judge.

Larry Judge former assistant director of public relations and sports information is honored with a scholarship for Journalism and Public Relations studentsThe Larry A. Judge Journalism and Public Relations Scholarship provides support to full-time students who are seeking a degree in journalism and public relations. Students must have a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average, with preference for students who have a 3.5 grade point average and who have attained junior or senior status.

Elaine Judge has a bachelor’s degree (1964) and a master of education degree (1966) from IUP. Lisa Judge currently works in alumni relations at Baldwin Wallace University.

Larry Judge graduated from IUP in 1964. He began his journalism career while a teenager at Norwin High School outside Pittsburgh, working as sports editor of the school newspaper, known as the "Sports Judge," and was part of the Irwin Times-Observer staff, covering borough council and school board meetings and writing sports.

A highlight of his high school career was when the Norwin baseball team won the 1960 WPIAL championship, for which he was inducted into the Norwin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010 along with the complete team.

He enrolled at IUP (then Indiana State College) in fall of 1960 where he served as sports editor of the campus newspaper, the Penn, and served as the college's sports information director, each for two years, while still a student. A brother of Phi Sigma Kappa social fraternity, he was a district governor and chapter alumni club president. After graduation, he pursued graduate work at both Penn State and Pitt.

He was hired by IUP in 1966 as assistant director of public relations and sports information director. He later served IUP as its first full-time director of alumni affairs (1972–79); its first full-time sports information director (1979–96); and coordinator of special projects for athletics, including the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame, from 1996 until his retirement in 2002.

In retirement he stayed active as a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame board of directors and received the Hall of Fame's honorary Bell Ringer award in 2009.

In addition to sports journalism, Judge had a lifelong interest in politics, volunteering for the Indiana County John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004, and for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012.

Judge passed away in January 2018.

This donation is part of IUP's Imagine Unlimited $75 million comprehensive campaign, which currently has gifts totaling more than $55 million. The campaign will enable IUP to reach its vision and step forward as a national leader, distinguished by new thinking that has no limits and that cuts across traditional academic boundaries.

Students interested in the scholarship should contact the Department of Journalism and Public Relations.