Women's Press Club Scholarship

The Women's Press Club of New York State is proud to support and develop future communicators and contributors to the field with an annual scholarship. 

The 2017 WPCNYS Scholarship Application is now available. Interested students should download and submit this application by July 31, 2017. Additional eligibility requirements and instructions can be found right here.

Contributions to the WPCNYS scholarship fund may be mailed to P.O. Box 13493, Albany, NY 12212-3493.

Congratulations to our 2016 Scholarship Winner!

Rachel Doktor
Graduate student, University at Buffalo

Rachel Doktor grew up in Corfu, New York. She graduated from Pembroke High School in 2011 and then enrolled at Genesee Community College, where she majored in communications and media arts. After receiving her associate’s degree in 2013, Rachel went to SUNY Buffalo State to expand her academic work in media production, graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree. She is now enrolled at the University at Buffalo, working on a master of fine arts degree. She works part time as a camera operator at Batavia Downs Horse Cart Races.

Doktor’s interests include photography, film production, broadcasting and playing music as well as raising and breeding birds and various other animals. Chickens, goats, peafowl, pheasants, turkeys, parrots, doves, reptiles, fish, small mammals and many more are just some of the critters under her care. Additionally, Doktor has been playing the tenor saxophone for the past nine years and is a member in the Corfu Community Band and Batavia Concert Band.

When reviewing her application, the Women’s Press Club scholarship committee was impressed with Doktor’s credentials and welcomed the opportunity to honor someone pursuing a form of journalism that is essential to the “new media.” Her work in video production and documentaries will help expand the boundaries of traditional journalism in a rapidly changing communications landscape.

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