Communities Foundation of Texas

Foundation Scholarship Fund Awards Largest Financial Journalism Scholarships to Date

August 8, 2016 – Dallas, TX – The Press Club of Dallas Foundation Scholarship Fund announced two college scholarships awarded to Dallas area students for the upcoming, academic 2016-17 school year. Administered by the Communities Foundation of Texas, the scholarships were awarded this evening during the Press Club’s Annual Membership Meeting.

Students receiving the financial scholarship awards include:

Andrea Carrizales, whose major is journalism and human rights, received a $10,000 scholarship. Andrea a graduate of Crandall High School, attended Eastfield College and plans to transfer to Southern Methodist University (SMU).

Corrie Coleman, whose major is journalism and new media, received a $3,000 scholarship. Corrie participated in the dual credit program at Mountain View College while in high school, and will enroll in Baylor University with credited hours earned.

“For decades, the Dallas Press Club Foundation has awarded hundreds of scholarships to help aspiring students pursue careers in the continually evolving field of journalism and communications,” said Jay Rosser, a vice president of the foundation. “This effort is enhanced by the ongoing commitment of the Press Club of Dallas in its various fundraising efforts that continued to add to the scholarship fund now managed by the Communities Foundation of Texas.”

Elizabeth Liser, Director of Donor Services for the Communities Foundation of Texas confirmed the increase in financial scholarships. “The 2016 Press Club of Dallas Foundation Scholarships represent the largest awards given to date and we are honored to partner with such a wonderful organization in providing over $45,000 to support communications students since its inception.”

Frank Librio, as current president of the Press Club board, was included in the grant decision-making process with the foundation’s scholarship board. “The Press Club has renewed momentum and public visibility”, said Librio. “The board has worked hard to execute an ambitious strategic plan, resulting in growth of membership, diversification of the board, consistent communication with membership, and most importantly – financial stability. Our Press Club board fully understands that scholarships are critically important in opening doors of opportunity to deserving students,” he added.

The Press Club of Dallas supports journalism in all of its forms, and annually makes a financial contribution to the foundation to award scholarships to students who have graduated from a high school in the North Texas area, completed at least 45 hours of collegiate coursework, and are currently pursuing a college degree in the communications field, to include traditional and new media, including print and broadcast journalism, public relations and advertising.

Applications for scholarships are taken in the spring of each year and are one-year scholarships. For more information about the scholarship program and/or background on this year’s recipients, contact or go to the Communities Foundation of Texas website:

About Communities Foundation of Texas:

As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grantmaking initiatives. CFT is committed to serving and understanding donor needs, expertly handling complex gifts, wisely managing charitable funds, and leveraging its community knowledge to increase charitable impact. The foundation professionally

manages more than 900 charitable funds and has awarded over $1.5 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.

About the Press Club of Dallas:

The Dallas Press Club is a tax exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1948 with the mission to support journalism in all its forms. The Dallas chapter produces events to support the mission of the Press Club, raise awareness about journalism and for scholarship funds for North Texas students. The Press Club of Dallas serving five counties in Dallas, is an evolving organization of journalists, public relations practitioners, and affiliated professionals in the North Texas region, committed to promoting the fundamental tenets of communication, journalism and First Amendment freedoms. If you would like more information on how to become a member of the Press Club of Dallas, please visit:


How To Qualify

To qualify for The Press Club Foundation Scholarship Fund*, you must have the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a college located in Texas
  • Graduated high school in the Dallas/Fort Worth region
  • Completed at least 45 hours of collegiate coursework
  • Currently pursuing a college degree in the communications field (e.g., print and broadcast journalism, public relations)

*One-year scholarship up to $15,000


Apply Today

If you meet these requirements, email Melissa Hardage, Donor Services Manager, or call her at (214) 750-4222 for more information.

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