Student Contest and College Scholarships (History)

Compiled in 2001 by Pat Richardson, Historian

Youth activities were added to the Alaska Press Women awards program in 1981. Millie Wedel, a member who taught high school journalism for many years, started the youth contest.

That same year, past President Becky Pfanner Parker was instrumental in establishing a scholarship for students attending Alaskan universities. Youth awards remain an important part of APW’s community service. Each year APW would host an awards luncheon for high-school-student contest winners, their parents, and journalism advisors.

For many years, APW awarded two $500 scholarships to college journalism students.