The family of Walter and Ruth Stevens are funding a journalism scholarship for St. Edmond High School students.
According to Paul Stevens, the scholarship honors his parents, who were avid supporters of St. Edmond and Holy Trinity Parish and met while working in journalism. Walter Stevens was a former editor of The Messenger and presently serves as editor emeritus. Ruth Stevens died in August.
"All three of their children went to St. Edmond," Paul Stevens said. "We felt we got good educations, good starts on life. I think the main reason we wanted to create this as kind of a legacy to my dad and mom."
He added, "We just thought it quite appropriate that, with the family history of support, and dad's work as a journalist in Fort Dodge, that it would be good to have a scholarship that would help someone who's looking to get into that profession or into a communications area."
The Stevens family is funding the first year with a donation of $1,000, and donating another $20,000 to endow the scholarship, funding the annual amount of $1,000 from the interest earned.
"That's a wonderful thing," Tom Miklo, St. Edmond director of development, said.
Among the restrictions: the applicant must enroll in an accredited university, college or junior college; must be pursuing a degree in journalism or communications; must be in the upper two-thirds of his or her graduating class.
The recipient will be selected by the St. Edmond in-house scholarship committee, after notification and mutual approval of the Stevens family.
"It's a group of faculty and staff members, as well as a couple of outside advisors," Miklo said. "What we're looking for is people from all walks of life assisting us in the selection."
Miklo said the school is grateful for the gift.
"We're especially excited because of Walt Stevens' involvement with it," he said. "He's a longtime parish supporter. I was especially moved by his family's wanting to honor him and his wife in this fashion. It'll help one or two of our students with their future education."
The first scholarship will be given out this school year, Miklo said.
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