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Michigan Press Association Foundation Scholarship Awarded to UOlivet Senior

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Senior Abbey Peters Empowers Communities Through Her Journalism

Senior Abbey Peters

Senior Abbey Peters, a business major with a minor in media production and communications (MPC), is one of five students in the state to receive the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Foundation scholarship, gifting her $2,000 to help her pursue a career in journalism. Abbey is the sole recipient from a private institution this year, alongside other distinguished student journalists from across the state.

“I was very grateful and surprised when I heard I had won the scholarship. It was cool to hear that someone else appreciated my work. I am graduating soon, and winning the scholarship has given me confidence as I begin looking for jobs. I think that having an honor like this on my resume could definitely help me get a job in journalism,” said Abbey.

Abbey learned of the scholarship from MPC Professor Joanne Williams, who encouraged her to apply. “Professor Williams’ encouragement gave me a lot of confidence that I could stack up with other student journalists.”

“Abbey has been such a dedicated, prolific writer and support to the Echo, our online student newspaper. She also contributes to the Marshall Ad-visor and Chronicle and is an award-winning member of The University’s track and field team. She always handles herself with grace and positivity,” said Professor Williams.

MPA has been awarding scholarships since 1990. Any student can apply for the MPA Foundation scholarship but must meet specific qualifications, including enrolling in at least one journalism class, demonstrating an interest in and potential for pursuing a career in community journalism, and having substantial experience as a collegiate or community news staffer.

Abbey’s work at the Marshall Ad-Visor highlights her dedication to community journalism and its impact. “I write a weekly high school sports roundup for the Ad-Visor. Several families in the community thank me for writing those recaps and say they read them every week. I hadn’t realized how many people might rely on the recaps to know how their grandchild did in a game or how their favorite high school team is doing. Writing for the Ad-Visor has reminded me that journalism is so important to society. People need the news, and journalism provides it for them.”

Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at admissions@UOlivet.edu or 269-749-7635.

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