A current Bowling Green State University student and an incoming BGSU freshman have been named winners of the Terry Goodman Memorial Journalism Scholarship at the university.
The awards are intended for students who work at the campus newspaper, The BG News, and are sponsored by the BG News Alumni Society and presented by the Department of Journalism and Public Relations on April 13. This is the second year the awards have been given.
Winner of a $500 scholarship is Abigail Shifley, a rising sophomore multiplatform journalism major from Ashland, Ohio, but who grew up in New Delhi, India. Her family, always native Ohioans, moved permanently from India to Ashland while Shifley was in junior high. She is a 2017 Ashland High School graduate. Shifley currently is a reporter at The BG News and is expected to assume an editor’s position next academic year. She plans on attending graduate school and devoting her career in journalism to giving a voice to the less fortunate.
Winner of a $250 scholarship is Alicia Kobasic, a senior from Brunswick, Ohio, a Cleveland- area suburb. Kobasic will enroll fall semester and plans to work at The BG News and develop her writing while pushing herself to work outside her comfort zone. She currently is a senior Brunswick High School and is editor of the high school newspaper, The Devilier. She oversees all writers, edits stories and supervises the design of the paper. She was a staff writer her junior year.
Goodman was a 1978 BGSU journalism graduate who was sports editor of The BG News. He went on to win 39 state and national journalism awards during a reporting and editing career with the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune, The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, the Sandusky Register and The Morning Journal in Lorain. At The Morning Journal, he was sports editor and then associate managing editor in charge of daily layout and design from 1980 until the time of his death from cancer in 1996.
The BG News Alumni Society was established in 2002 to provide alumni support for current BG News staff and raise funds in support of student scholarships.