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Two dozen earn Times scholarships

Twenty-four college students will share $73,575 in scholarships intended to encourage careers in the newspaper industry.

The St. Petersburg Times Scholarship Fund recipients were announced Thursday. The fund, originally called The Poynter Fund, was established in 1953 by the Times Publishing Co. to train, assist and inspire those pursuing a career in the newspaper business.

The company publishes the Times and Congressional Quarterly, Florida Trend and Governing magazines. Many of the students spent the summer as interns at the Times. The scholarships reward academic achievement, scholarship and commitment to a journalism career.

Marijke Rowland received the Poynter Scholarship for a student at Indiana University. The scholarship was named for Nelson Poynter, former Times Publishing Co. chairman, who was a student at Indiana. Beth Glenn was awarded the Robert T. Pittman Scholarship, named after the retired editor of editorials, for a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Others winning scholarships for the coming academic year:

Halimah Abdullah, University of Alabama; Adrian Anthony, Florida A&M University; Alisa Blackwood, Indiana University; Mark Dahl, University of Florida; Ellen Dayspring, University of Central Florida; Shayna Fortes, Florida State University; Nicole Ganzekaufer, New College at University of South Florida.

Julian Jabbar Hills, Florida State University; Kanika Jelks, Florida A&M University; Natasha Motesharei, St. Petersburg Junior College; Ed Quioco, University of Florida; Lisa Robbins, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Mario Rodriguez, New College at University of South Florida; Kirsten Sharnberg, University of Iowa.

Erin Shaw, University of South Carolina; Ubong Silas, University of Florida; Dana Thompson, Florida A&M University; Leon Tucker, Florida A&M University; Aprill Turner, Howard University; Patrick Walker, Florida A&M University; Alexander Winner, Brandeis University; and Kristen Zschau, University of Tampa.