The Illinois Press Foundation awarded three scholarships to graduate students in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. They are pictured with foundation board President Jerry Reppert, publisher of Reppert Publications in Anna. Left to right: Mary Hansen, Beaver, Penn., Sarah Mueller, Arlington, Tx., Reppert, and Celeste Bott, Warren, Mich. The Illinois Press Foundation awards the scholarships annually.
All three will be serving state Capitol reporting internships: Hansen with the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Mueller with Illinois Issues magazine, and Bott with The Chicago Tribune.