Joe Wyatt
Published May 16, 2019

The Headliners Foundation of Texas has announced winners of more than $70,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year, and only one of the recipients attended a community college this year – Meghan Holland of Amarillo College.

MeghanHollandThe awards go to 15 undergraduate students at schools throughout the state showing outstanding potential in journalism.


Holland, who graduated from AC on May 10 with an associate degree in psychology, did so two weeks before her scheduled high school graduation from Amarillo Collegiate Academy. While at AC, she was a Presidential Scholar, served on the AC Student Media staff, and won second place in this year’s West Texas A&M University Research Conference.


Holland next plans on attending the University of Texas at Austin and pursuing a double major to include journalism.

In addition to strong academic records and writing ability, applicants were expected to have demonstrated their interest in journalism by working on student media or as interns for professional media outlets. The scholarships range from $3,000 to $6,000 each.


The winners are:


Founders’ Scholarships

Meghan Holland, Amarillo, Texas, Amarillo College

Hannah Ortega, Lucas, TX, The University of Texas at Austin

Reece Nations, San Antonio, TX, Texas Tech University

Jimmy Banks Scholarship
Morgan Kuehler, Austin, TX, The University of Texas at Austin
Barry Bishop Scholarship
Hannah Onder, Fort Worth, TX, Texas Wesleyan University
Dolly and Paul Bolton Scholarship
Allyson Ortegon, Cibolo, TX, The University of Texas at Austin
John “Brick” Elliott Scholarship
Lizzy Spangler, Spring, TX, University of North Texas
Wilbur Evans Scholarship
Tiana Woodard, Austin, TX, The University of Texas at Austin
George Moore Scholarship 
Arianna Flores, Boerne, TX, The University of Texas at Austin
Sarah and Ernest Butler Scholarship 
Anuraga (Raga) Justin, Austin, TX,
The University of Texas at Austin
George Christian Scholarship
Elizabeth (Liza) Anderson, Houston, TX, The University of Texas at Austin


Verne Lundquist Scholarship
Luke Henkhaus, Brenham, TX, Texas A&M University
Darrell K. Royal Scholarship
Jakob Rodriguez, San Marcos, TX, Texas State University
Stuart Long Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Journalists
Carrington Tatum, Garland, TX, Texas State University
Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Scholarship 
Ryan Chandler, Houston, TX, The University of Texas at Austin

Applications were received from students attending the following colleges and universities: Amarillo College, Baylor University, St. Edward's University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, Texas Wesleyan University, University of North Texas, and The University of Texas at Austin.
“It is with great pride that we recognize these students with scholarships designed to assist them in reaching their journalistic goals. Their commitment to journalistic excellence across all disciplines is exemplary and worthy of this recognition,” said Patti C. Smith, Headliners Foundation Academic Excellence Chair and International Media Consultant.


“Over 35 years ago, the Headliners Foundation was established by members of the Headliners Club in Austin to recognize this commitment to journalism. Providing these substantial scholarships to students across the state is one of the important ways we carry out that mission.”



About The Headliners Foundation of Texas Founded in 1983, the Headliners Foundation of Texas is a 501(c)(3) that promotes excellence in journalism by providing scholarships to promising communications students; recognizing outstanding works of journalism and leaders in the industry; and sponsoring special projects that promote journalistic excellence and preserve history.