Press Club Announces 2021 Scholarship Winners

The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania will award the 15th annual $5,000 Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship as well as the seventh annual $2,500 Press Club Scholarship awarded to aspiring journalists during the 57th Golden Quill Awards dinner Sept. 28 at the Rivers Casino.

The awards are designed to encourage outstanding undergraduate journalism students in print, broadcasting and multimedia.

Gabriella Hornack of Lower Burrell is the winner of the Bob Fryer Memorial Scholarship. Gabriella is a senior at Penn State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a double minor in sports studies and digital media trends and analytics, and a certificate in sports journalism from the John Curley Center.

She has completed internships with Penn State Athletics, Penn State Football’s “Unrivaled Pregame Show” and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC while also serving as the vice president of Penn State's Society of Professional Journalists chapter. Gabriella will graduate in spring 2022 and hopes to be an on-air host/reporter for a professional sports team or major news network.

Colton DeBiase of Murrysville is the recipient of the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania Scholarship. Colton is a senior at Point Park University, finishing up his bachelor of arts Degree in broadcast reporting with a minor in broadcast production and is a member of the Honors Program. He became involved in student media at Point Park right away by being a play-by-play announcer for the Point Park Sports Network and a reporter for Point Park's U-View Television, positions he still holds.

He has advanced his career with internships at Jennerstown Speedway and the University of Pittsburgh’s Athletics Department. He is also on the Student Advisory Board at the Pittsburgh Center for Sports Media and Marketing. In his personal time, he runs a social media initiative called Live Like Fred, based on the kindness and spirit of Fred Rogers.

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