DURHAM, NC – The National Press Photographers Foundation's board of directors are pleased to announce today the six winners of the NPPF–NPPA Career Expansion Scholarships.
The scholarship winners are Benjamin Fredman, Sarah Beth Glicksteen, Jesse Newman, Allison Pasek, Heather Rousseau, and Erica Yoon.
Each winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship in support of their education expenses.
Funding for the NPPF–NPPA Career Expansion Scholarships is supported by a grant from the Author's Coalition of America. The grant supports photojournalists who have at least three years experience and who have returned to school to enhance their skills, or move in a new direction, using their background in photojournalism.
Benjamin Fredman is working toward a MFA in Film Production at Florida State University. “In film, I see art in its highest form—the painstaking work of talented individuals combining their expertise to produce compelling stories as a team,” Fredman wrote. He earned his B.A. in Journalism at the University of Missouri, Magna Cum Laude. His experience includes high school teaching; Senior Photography Manager China Project Leader, Rustic Pathways; and staff photojournalist for The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA.
Sarah Beth Glicksteen is attending the University of North Florida working toward a M.A. in School Counseling. She earned B.A. /M.A. Dual Degree, Magna Cum Laude, University Professors Program, Cultural Studies and Multimedia Journalism from Boston University. She writes, “I chose to study school counseling with a focus on social justice issues because I want to advocate directly for student success within urban school systems. Looking forward, I see myself helping kids to develop photography, video and documentary skills, while helping them build confidence, interpersonal skills and strong work ethics.” Glicksteen has her own business and has had many internships, including at The Christian Science Monitor.
Jesse Newman is pursuing a M.S. in Journalism at Columbia University. She studied history at Carlton College focusing on South Asia and studying in Sri Lanka. She earned a Master’s Degree in Refugee Studies at the University of Oxford using material she had gathered in Sri Lanka to analyze post-conflict interventions by humanitarian organizations. “I returned to school after three years as a freelance photographer in order to learn new digital media skills and improve my writing so that I will be able to work in both print and photo for national newspapers and magazines,” Newman wrote. She has studied on a Fulbright Scholarship and as a freelance photography has done regular assignments for The New York Times, Newsday, and Time and Newsweek magazines.
Allison Pasek is working on a M.A. in Journalism at the University of Missouri. She hopes to improve her technical skills and to study techniques of storytelling. “Now immersed in a graduate program, I am armed with a better sense of how to start such endeavors. I am better at communicating the importance of documentary work an have discovered new avenues to do photojournalism,” she writes. She has been a staff photographer for the Standard Observer Newspaper and the Gazette Newspapers. She has a B.F.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in photography.
Heather Rousseau is working on an M.A. in Photojournalism and a Certificate in Environment Sustainability at Ohio University. “I feel that the goal of delivering stories to the public so that we may better understand one another is a valuable endeavor that requires dedication. I hope that my audience will learn from my efforts and be more accepting of one another as a result. This is why I am determined to grow as a visual storyteller, and why I quit my staff position to return to school,” writes Rousseau. She earned the B.F.A. in Photography with a minor in Graphic Design, with honors, from the College for Creative Studies. She worked with the Aspen Daily News and has an active freelance career publishing in National Geographic Magazine, Getty images, The Denver Post, and The Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Erica Yoon is working on the M.A. in Photojournalism at Ohio University. Her past stories covering poverty have, “sparked a personal pursuit to explore issues on healthcare and poverty and how they intercorrelate. Spending the next year and a half at Ohio University will give me the opportunity to elevate my skills as a photographer and learn how to effectively communicate these stories that need to be heard by a mass audience,” writes Yoon. She has a B. S. in Photojournalism from Boston University. Yoon has worked at the Kingsport Times-News, The Elizabethton Star, and The Herald & Tribune.
The selection committee was comprised of C. Thomas Hardin, vice president of National Press Photographers Foundation, and James W. Brown, professor emeritus, Indiana University and National Press Photographers Foundation scholarships chair. Both are members of the NPPF board of directors.
The National Press Photographers Foundation congratulates these students for their demonstrated excellence and promise for the future. To learn more about the Foundation please see http://nppf.org.