Press Club Announces 2017 Scholarships Recipients

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania has named Ellie Hartleb winner of the 2017 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship and Emily Kohlman winner of the 2017 Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Scholarship.

Ellie Hartleb of Erie will be a senior at American University in Washington, D.C., where she is studying journalism and education.

Ellie graduated from Collegiate Academy in 2014, where she was editor-in-chief of the school’s newsmagazine. She was a staff writer and editor for American University’s student-run newspaper, The Eagle, which publishes in print quarterly and online daily.

She has completed internships at USA TODAY and NBC-Washington, and her freelance work has appeared online for NPR. Ellie worked as a resident assistant in a first-year community while she also interned for a lifestyle blog based in San Francisco and freelanced for a hyper-local paper in Washington.

Ellie hopes to continue to work in digital media in Washington when she graduates in December 2017. Her long-term career goal is to cover K-12 education trends for a newspaper or magazine.

She is honored to have earned the Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship and she plans to use the scholarship to help finance her final semester of college.

Beaver Falls native Emily Kohlman, who has always aspired to be a journalist, is a senior Penn State University, where her interests and extracurricular activities span multiple disciplines.

She has anchored and produced for “PSN News,” the student-run live television news show, and “ComRadio,” the student-run live radio news show. She also led package meetings, assisted reporters and ran operations in the studio during live shows.

Emily has a strong interest in the Russian language and culture. She has studied abroad and is making Russia and political science part of her career goals. Emily has a special interest in the role of media in diplomacy, especially in U.S.-Russia relations.

She served as director of the Peer Mentors Program in the Penn State College of Communications, helping guide new students and arranging activities to integrate students in extracurricular clubs and classes based on their interests and goals.

See videos of some of the previous winners of the Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship HERE.