Arkansas SPJ awards scholarships

The Arkansas Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has announced the recipients of two $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

They are Nicholas Popowitch of North Little Rock and Kolton Rutherford of Maumelle.

Popowitch, a junior at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is a native of Patchogue, New York. He is executive editor of The Forum, the university’s student newspaper. He will receive the Dean Duncan Scholarship, named in honor of a late, longtime journalism educator at the University of Central Arkansas.

Rutherford is a sophomore at UA Little Rock and is The Forum’s sports editor. He will receive the Winthrop Rockefeller Freedom of Information Scholarship, named for the governor who signed the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act into law on Feb. 14, 1967.

Both students are majoring in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism.

The recipients will be honored at the chapter’s annual awards dinner in the fall.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Ellis, chapter president, at or (501) 533-0565.

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