Press Club of New Orleans awards scholarships to two mass communications career hopefuls _lowres

Former Press Club of New Orleans President Kevin Mumphrey with Southeastern Louisiana University sophomore Maria Goddard on June 15, 2015. Goddard was one of two Louisiana college students who received a $2,500 scholarship from the Press Club.

The Press Club of New Orleans recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University sophomore Maria Goddard and University of Louisiana at Lafayette junior Holly Duchmann.

Goddard and Duchmann each received checks meant to support their pursuit of a career in journalism, public relations or other mass communication fields. The two were recognized at the Press Club’s annual membership meeting on June 15 at Zea Rotisserie & Grill on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.

Goddard is majoring in public relations and broadcasting, and she aspires to help promote nonprofits who work with underprivileged youth, the Press Club said. Aside from being a community service director with the Public Relations Student Society of America and working in SLU’s Language and Communications Department, Goddard writes for the Lion’s Roar campus newspaper and is a D.J. at university radio station KSLU. She also has done work for the Southeastern Channel and Northshore News, the Press Club said.

Meanwhile, Duchmann is majoring in mass communications while concentrating on journalism and minoring in history.

Duchmann hopes that her history minor will allow her to better understand world events and apply that background in her writing, the Press Club said.

She is the editor-in-chief of The Vermillion campus newspaper and is an intern for The Acadiana Advocate.

Duchmann aspires to report crime or breaking news for a newspaper in south Louisiana, and also has an interest in investigative reporting.