Florida Capitol Press Club announces 2016-17 scholarship winners

Dec. 14, 2016

2016 Barbara L. Frye Journalism Scholarship Winners 

TALLAHASSEE – The Capitol Press Club of Florida is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2016 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 13 aspiring Florida journalists from colleges and high schools around the state and nation.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize so many talented young journalists,” said Jessica Bakeman, president of the Capitol Press Club of Florida. “We received a record number of applications this year from a diverse and talented field of students. It is an encouraging sign for the future of journalism in Florida.”

Money for the scholarships is raised by the Tallahassee-based Capitol Press Club of Florida, also known as the Capitol Press Corps, through the Annual Capitol Press Skits, held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy in Florida’s capital city.

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 2016 winners are:

$2,000 scholarships

* Andrea Cornejo, University of Florida senior from Cape Coral

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* Caitlin Switalski, University of Florida senior from Tallahassee

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* Courtney Rozen, American University junior from Weston

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* Emily Bloch, Florida Atlantic University senior from Hollywood

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* Gabrielle Calise, University of Florida junior from Clearwater

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* Greg Todaro, Concordia University senior from Jacksonville

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* Meghan Mangrum, University of Florida graduate student from Orlando

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* Anjelicia Bruton, Florida A & M University junior from Tallahassee

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$1,000 scholarships

* Austin Landis, University of Florida senior from Gainesville

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* Kayla Parker, Florida A & M University junior from Tallahassee

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* Daniela Morales, Miami Lakes Educational Center senior from Miramar

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* Will Rasmussen, University of West Florida freshman from Tallahassee

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* Will Weber, University of North Florida junior from Jacksonville

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