Washington, DC -- The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, announces that Cathleen Hokulani Krueger of Kula, Hawaii, has won the $5,000 Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship for 2012. She will attend New York University in the fall.
Krueger, 18, attended Kamehameha Schools Maui, where she was news co-editor of the school newspaper, named the best high school newspaper in the state by the Hawai’i Publishers Association for 2010-11.
The scholarship judges were impressed by her enthusiasm and the scope of the stories she took on, such a story on scholarship scams that victimize students, and a heavily researched story on how local businesses in Maui have changed in recent decades.
Krueger interned last year at the Maui News in Wailuku, Hawaii, where her editor said she stood out for her “even-keeled self-confidence” and professionalism.
She is a member of Quill & Scroll, the national honor society for high school journalists. She was also president of the drama club this year, and a frequent actor in its productions, including playing Puck in Midsummer Night’s Dream.
She has participated in community service projects with Rotary International’s Interact Club in Pukalani, including working with the homeless shelter and building homes for Habitat for Humanity. She has also performed in children’s theater fundraisers and helped raise money for cancer research on a Relay for Life team.
“Cathleen is a young journalist who clearly has a great deal of potential,” said National Press Club President Theresa Werner. “We need more journalists with her smarts and drive to get the story. The National Press Club is proud to support her studies.”
The Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship is named for a long-time National Press Club member who died in 2008 and endowed a scholarship in aid of high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in journalism. Recipients receive a one-time award of $5,000.
Supporting the scholarship fund: Tax deductible donations for all scholarships are made to: Friends of the National Journalism Library, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20045.