2015 Scholarship Winners


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December 7, 2015

Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship Announces 2015 Winners

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Capitol Press Corps is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2015 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 15 aspiring journalists from eight different high schools and colleges.

The awards provide $2,000 in scholarships to college students and graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in reporting and writing. Students who attended high school in Florida or are enrolled at a Florida college or university are eligible to apply. This year’s winners represent students from five universities and three Florida high schools.

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Capitol Press Corps members through the “(Sometimes) Annual Capitol Press Skits,” held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy at the state Capitol.

The scholarship is named after Barbara L. Frye, the Tallahassee bureau chief for United Press International for 38 years. Frye was the first woman to work full time in the Florida Capitol Press Corps and covered 11 governors — from Spessard L. Holland to Bob Graham. Frye was elected to the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame in 1984 and was a member of the inaugural class of the Florida Press Association Hall of Fame in 1990.

The 2015 winners are:

  • Cassidy Alexander, junior, University of North Florida; hometown: Orange CityCassidyAlexander
  • Stephanie Brito, senior, Miami Lakes Education Center; hometown: HialeahStephanie Brito.jpg
  • Marie Edinger, senior, University of Florida; hometown: GainesvilleMarie Edinger Headshot (1)
  • Ebony Joseph, senior, University of Florida; hometown: PlantationEbony Joseph
  • Nathalie Mairena, senior, Miami Lakes Education Center; hometown: MiamiNathalie
  • Victoria Molina, senior, University of Florida; hometown: Tegucigalpa, HondurasVictoria Molina
  • Amanda Prats, senior, Pace High; hometown: HialeahAmanda Prats
  • Will Rasmussen, senior, Leon High; hometown: TallahasseeWill Rasmussen
  • Roberto Roldan, senior, University of South Florida; hometown: TampaRoberto
  • Madison Schultz, senior, University of Florida; hometown: Cape CoralMadison Schultz
  • Shelby Shea, freshman, University of Florida; hometown: SarasotaShelby Shea.JPG
  • Cecelia Smith-Schoenwalder, senior, Washington & Lee University; hometown: TallahasseeCECE
  • Susan Murphy Stidham, senior, Flagler College; hometown: BartowMurphy Stidham
  • Caitlin Switalski, junior, University of Florida; hometown: TallahasseeCaitlin Switalski
  • James Torrez, senior, University of Florida; hometown: Lake WorthJames Torrez Headshot


CORRECTION: This webpage has been updated because of misspelled names and incorrect school names. We apologize for the errors.

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