Cronkite school adds five new scholarships to combat cost of attendance

(Madeline Pado/DD)
To combat the high cost of attendance at ASU for some students, the Walter Cronkite School has created five new scholarships for fall 2014. The scholarships are worth at least $1,000 and go to only one student. (Madeline Pado/DD)

The Walter Cronkite School plans to add five scholarships for the 2014 fall semester to combat the high costs some students face to attend ASU.

The school announced on Monday that it plans to add the Thomas J. and Dorothy J. Sokol Maroon and Gold Scholarship, adding to four other scholarships announced by the Cronkite School in February.

Christopher Callahan, vice provost of the Downtown campus and dean of the Walter Cronkite School, will also sponsor a $1,000 scholarship for one student. He said he wanted to not only help students, but also lead by example to motivate more people to donate money so students could attend school.

“We’ve been talking more and more about scholarships here at the Cronkite School,” Callahan said. “All for a very simple reason: higher education is expensive and we have a lot of great students, and we’re trying to get them more and more support.”

The other endowed scholarships will be funded by the Cronkite Endowment Board of Trustees President David Bodney, former trustee board President John Misner and Cronkite National Board of Advisors Chair and ASU Trustee Craig A. Newman.

Liz Bernreuter, director of development for Cronkite, said she believes scholarships are a great way to aid students. If anyone wants to help students, scholarships would be the way to do so, she added.

“I think it’s always a good time for scholarships,” Bernreuter said. “All you ever hear is the raise of tuition, not just here, but everywhere across the country. There is always a need.”

The requirements for each scholarship are based on a student’s financial needs and their grades.

Sokol’s scholarship will award a student $1,000 next fall. Sokol said he not only wanted to help students, but the scholarship is also a way for Sokol and his mother to remember his late father.

“I graduated from Cronkite in 1992,” Sokol said. “But part of the reason why I was able to get through to school was because of him, and one of the reasons he was able to get through Notre Dame was because of a scholarship he went on.”

The Sarah and David Bodney First Amendment Scholarship will award a single student $3,000. Bodney, an adjunct faculty member at Cronkite and the College of Law, and his wife were compelled by the university’s accomplishments to create the scholarship.

“The university offered some very strong incentives for folks in the community to establish these scholarships by providing some matching funds and putting the proceeds to work as soon as possible,” Bodney said.

Misner, who also graduated from ASU and is now the chief operating officer of Republic Media and general manager of 12 News/KPNX-TV, said he worked with both Callahan and Bernreuter to create his $3,000 scholarship. He said he hoped to help journalism students with financial problems.

The Newman family will provide a little more than $4,000 through a Newman scholarship to a single student next year.

Cronkite freshman Hannah Goodman said she thinks this will be a great thing to help students.

“I think that just because it’s ASU, especially Cronkite, everybody comes from such diverse, economic backgrounds,” Goodman said. “You have people come from lower income and higher income. Scholarships basically benefit everybody; it just kind of levels the playing field.”

Correction: March 26, 2014:

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the new scholarships were in response to an proposed increase in tuition. The article has been updated to reflect the actual reason for the scholarships.

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