2018-19 Barbara Frye Scholarship winners

TALLAHASSEE – The Capitol Press Club of Florida is pleased to announce it has awarded the 2017 Barbara L. Frye Scholarship to 11 aspiring Florida journalists from colleges and high schools around the state and nation.

The awards totaling $21,000 provide scholarships of between $1,000 to $2,000 to current college students and graduating high school seniors planning to pursue reporting careers. Students who attended high school in Florida or are enrolled at a Florida college or university are eligible to apply.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize so many talented young journalists,” said Troy Kinsey, incoming president of the Capitol Press Club of Florida and a reporter for the Bay News 9 Tallahassee Bureau. “The diverse and talented field of applicants is an encouraging sign for the future of journalism.”

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 which is held each year during the legislative session. The event pokes fun at politicians and policy in Tallahassee.

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 Tallahassee as a state government reporter. She 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.

For photos of this year’s scholarship recipients, visit barbarafryescholarship.wordpress.com

The 2017 winners are:

* Laurel Biddy, University of Florida, junior, from Maitland

Laurel Biddy

* Gabrielle Calise, University of Florida, senior, from Palm Harbor


* Matthew Farina, University of North Florida, junior, from Gainesville

Matthew Farina

* Sara Girard, University of Florida, graduate program, from Davie

Sara Girard

* Alexa Lorenzo, University of Florida, senior, from Miami

Alexa Lorenzo

* Emily Mavrakis, University of Florida, junior, from Cape Coral

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* Courtney Rozen, American University, senior, from Weston


* Meredith Sheldon, University of Florida, junior, from Weston

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* Alex Torres-Perez, University of North Florida, senior, from Jacksonville


* Ramsey Touchberry, University of Florida, senior, from Bradenton

Ramsey Touchberry

* William Weber, University of North Florida, senior, from Jacksonville

William Weber


The Barbara Frye Scholarship Fund is made possible by the Capitol Press Club of Florida with money raised from the annual press skits. 

For more information, visit our website: http://BarbaraFryeScholarship.wordpress.com

You can also find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CapitolPressSkits/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/FLPressCorps)

Contact: Mary Ellen Klas, meklas@miamiherald.com