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When Harold Gunn, a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, became president of the Texas Auto Writers Association, he was determined to create a scholarship fund that would help make paying for college easier for aspiring journalists.

Over the course of his multiple terms, he was instrumental in collecting enough money to ensure that future TAWA administrations could use the fund to benefit the writers of tomorrow.

TAWA works in conjunction with the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) to identify the best and brightest college journalism students in the State of Texas.

Applications are considered based on criteria listed and without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, disability, age or religion. Members or relatives of members of the Scholarship Selection Committee are not eligible.

Below are the most recent scholarship recipients.

To get more information about either the scholarship program or applying for the journalism scholarship click the button below.

2019 Harold Gunn Journalism Scholarship Award winners Cortney Wood from Midwestern State University with

media adviser Dr. Jim Sernoe and Anna Geyer from University of Texas at Arlington with media adviser Laurie Fox.


Kylah Roach, President

Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA)

Texas Auto Writers Association Awards Two Scholarships

CORPUS CHRISTI, March 30, 2019 - Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) presented two $1,000 scholarships to students at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association's (TIPA) Spring Convention awards ceremony on March 16 in Corpus Christi. The scholarships, the Texas Auto Writers Association's Harold Gunn Journalism Award, were presented for the third consecutive year to four-year college/university undergraduate students.

The 2019 recipients were Anna Geyer of University of Texas at Arlington and Cortney Wood of Midwestern State University.

Geyer, a multimedia journalist for the student newspaper, The Shorthorn, feels that this scholarship validates her work in journalism and encourages her to keep working to improve.

 “I’ve worked as a reporter at UTA, but really love telling stories with pictures,” Geyer said. “I dream of one day working on location with National Geographic with underrepresented people groups, and I’m minoring in anthropology to better understand cultures and peoples.”

Wood, co-editor for the MSU student yearbook, The Wai-Kun, is grateful for the opportunities TAWA and TIPA have given her.

“As a first-generation college student, every bit of help I can get for school is greatly appreciated, and I'm so thankful there are organizations out there that encourage students to pursue higher education and allow them the means to accomplish that,” Wood said. “I've always had a love for writing. Sharing people's stories with the world and making an impact with my writing fuels my passion. Everyone has a story to tell, and I love getting to walk alongside people to share their journeys.”

TIPA (TexasIPA.org) is the oldest and largest state collegiate press association in the nation and has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country. Held annually in various cities around Texas, the TIPA convention attracts about 500 students and faculty advisers from across the state, features 30 on-site competitions, more than 50 workshops and panel discussions for its student participants, awards recognitions, scholarship presentations to students representing two-year and four-year institutions, and recognition of the faculty Adviser of the Year.

The TAWA scholarship application was opened in early 2018 to students who were pursuing a career in journalism. Requirements for applicants were: 1) be nominated by a member school in good standing with TIPA, 2) be classified as a junior at the member school at the time of application, 3) submit examples of their work, 4) be involved with their respective college/university student media, 5) and have at least a 3.0 Grade Point Average.

Applications also had to provide letters of recommendation and a letter from the applicant attesting his/her dedication to pursuing a career in journalism and to his/her services to college/university student media.

For more information on the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, visit texasipa.org.


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