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Cal Poly Journalism Students Awarded Sacramento Press Club Scholarships

Cal Poly journalism students Benjy Egel of Davis, Calif., and Leah Horner of Sacramento recently won a total of $12,000 in scholarship funds from the Sacramento Press Club.

Egel, a junior, was awarded the $8,000 Earl Squire Behrens Scholarship, the longest-running fund of the club. It honors former San Francisco Chronicle political editor Earl Behrens.


"SPC Scholarship Recipients"
Cal Poly journalism students (left to right)
Benjy Egel and Leah Horner
with Journalism Advisory Board member Tracy Campbell

The club presented sophomore Horner with the $4,000 Jerry Gillam Scholarship, which honors Los Angeles Times Capitol press corps member Jerry Gillam.

Egel serves as news editor for the Cal Poly Mustang News and will intern with the Sacramento Bee this summer. Horner was the 2014-15 Cal Poly Mustang News producer.

With a rigorous application process, the Sacramento Press Club distributes seven scholarships each year to students who exhibit journalist achievement and promise with a connection to the Sacramento area. In 2015, the club awarded a total of $34,000.

Founded in 1961, the Sacramento Press Club is dedicated to supporting future California journalists through scholarships.

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