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Tribune Foundation Makes Grant to Northwestern

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March 8, 2005

A $5.4 million grant from the McCormick Tribune Foundation to Northwestern University will fund a new scholarship program for 60 graduate students in the Medill School of Journalism and 20 students in the Kellogg School of Management over the next 10 years.

“We are delighted that the McCormick Tribune Foundation has chosen to continue its strong relationship with Northwestern by creating a scholarship program for the education of a new generation of news media leaders,” said Henry S. Bienen, Northwestern University president. “The grant brings to almost $32 million the amount the McCormick Tribune Foundation has awarded Northwestern’s journalism-related programs in the last 50 years.”

Announced in late February, the McCormick Tribune Leadership Scholars program will provide full-tuition merit scholarships for Medill graduate students and Kellogg students majoring in media management. They will be awarded to students demonstrating leadership potential and commitment to careers in the news media.

The establishment of the scholars program is part of the Foundation’s 50th anniversary celebration. The program will begin in academic year 2005-06 when six Medill graduate students in journalism and in summer 2006 when two Kellogg management majors receive the first scholarships.

In addition to the scholarships, the grant will enable some Kellogg scholars to pursue summer work and research in the news media. It also will provide funding for biennial events designed to build community among the McCormick Tribune Leadership Scholars and nurture their career growth and leadership skills.

A similar McCormick Scholars program existed at Medill from 1955 through the mid-1980s. In the 1980s, however, the Foundation shifted its financial support of Northwestern’s journalism related endeavors to improve Medill’s physical facilities.

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