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Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship

The Henry Wefing Journalism Scholarship honors the memory of beloved Professor Henry Wefing who began teaching at Westfield State in 1985, and taught until he became ill in the fall of 2014. He was the key faculty member in the Communication Department’s journalism and writing courses as well as the bridge between the journalism programs in the English and Communication Departments.

Professor Wefing, a veteran reporter and editor before turning to teaching, believed strongly that a journalist in any medium should strive to be fair, accurate, and curious as a reporter and an imaginative storyteller as a writer.

The Communication and English Departments invite their majors to apply for a $600 scholarship award for the 2016-2017 academic year. Preference will be given to students with an interest in Journalism or related fields and majoring in Communication or English. To be eligible applicants must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate day or DGCE program at Westfield State and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application Must Include:

  • The Henry Wefing Journalism cover sheet (download below or available in Comm Dept office)
  • A copy of the most recent official transcript available
  • An essay of 500 words  

Essay Guidelines:
Please submit an essay that demonstrates how you envision the positive journalistic values espoused by Professor Henry Wefing will inform your future career. Your essay may refer to your prior experience as a journalist, if applicable, or your observations about journalism and what you hope to accomplish in the future.  Please limit your essay to 500 or fewer words.

Return completed application to:
Westfield State Foundation, Inc. Attention: Lisa McMahon, P.O. Box 1630, 2 Broad St., Westfield, MA 01086-1630.  It must be postmarked by Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Download Application for 2016-2017 Academic Year

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