A Rogers State University student recently was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for her professional experience and academic achievement in communications.
Sarah Rogers-Dewberry, a communications – radio and television junior from Tulsa, won a Rising Star Communicator Scholarship from Tulsa chapter of The Association for Women in Communications on May 6.
“It’s really cool to win this great, amazing scholarship, and I get to represent RSU in a great way,” Rogers-Dewberry said.
Rogers-Dewberry is a freelance sports journalist for SB Nation’s Welcome to Loud City, a blog covering the Oklahoma City Thunder. She has also covered Oklahoma high school sports for VYPE Oklahoma and the Tulsa World. Additionally, Rogers-Dewberry recently was named as editor of Tulsa Lifestyle Magazine, a monthly publication distributed to affluent neighborhoods in Tulsa.
Rogers-Dewberry said at times people, especially men, have questioned her ability to be a sports writer because of her gender. She hopes her work has helped pave the way for other women who want to work in sports journalism and encourages others to pursue the career they want regardless of gender stereotypes.
“I’m not the type of person who sits on the sidelines; I’m the type of person who goes for what I love,” she said. “If I can become the editor of a lifestyle magazine, why not ESPN The Magazine or Sports Illustrated?”
The AWC awards up to two scholarships a year based on positive contributions toward campus or community communication, a demonstrated excellence in communications, a demonstrated commitment to a communications career, and scholastic achievement. The scholarships are open to female college students studying marketing, communications or public relations.
For more information about the AWC or the Rising Star Communicator Scholarship, visit awctulsa.org.