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July 21, 2003

(Photo: Grant Schulte; click on photo for high resolution image)

UI Junior Grant Schulte Wins National Scholarship

Grant Schulte, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a graduate of Iowa City West High School, has won a $5,000 Murray Scholarship from the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation. Schulte was one of only seven journalism students nationwide to win this award.

Murray was the Pulitzer Prize winning syndicated sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times for 37 years, and a 14-time winner of the Sportswriter of the Year award. His outstanding work landed him a spot in the writers' wing in Cooperstown's Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. Murray's career began in 1943 at the New Haven (Conn.) Register. He worked for the now extinct Herald Examiner in Los Angeles and Time, Inc. as the Hollywood cinema correspondent and was one of the founders of Sports Illustrated in 1954. Following his death in 1998, Linda McCoy-Murray established the foundation to perpetuate her late husband's memory and his love and dedication to his extraordinary career in journalism.

Schulte is the first student from the UI to win the scholarship. To qualify for a Murray scholarship, students must be second or third year undergraduates accepted into their university's School of Journalism. The Foundation selects a topic for a 1,000-word essay, and students submit them to their journalism schools. Each school submits one student's essay to the foundation to be judged by a group of national writers.

"Having our first Murray Scholar at the University of Iowa is very exciting," said Linda McCoy-Murray. "Not only is Grant Shulte worthy of the scholarship, but I think Jim is now vindicated after his 1986 Iowa-UCLA Rose Bowl remarks. I remember one irate woman in Des Moines wrote the Des Moines Sunday Register saying, 'Some literate, articulate and certainly clearer-thinking Iowan may decide that if someone like Murray can be paid to write for the L.A. Times, just imagine what they'd pay for an intelligent writer from Iowa.' A man in Woodard (Iowa) countered this remark with, "Don't take such offense, Iowans. That's how Jim Murray writes. He's long been the master of exaggeration and tongue-in-cheek ribbing. I'm glad to get another chance to read a masterful Murray column. Many of his pieces in the last 20 years are classics.'"

The foundation will pay for Schulte to travel to Los Angeles in October to receive the award at its annual Murray Scholars dinner and golf classic.

"We were tremendously honored to be invited to participate in the Murray Scholarship competition for the first time this year and are thrilled that Grant was named a Murray Scholar," said Pam Creedon, director of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. "We are proud of him, his accomplishments and his contributions to the school."

Schulte, who is majoring in journalism and German, was recognized as one of the top 10 journalism students in the country by the Scripps Howard Foundation in June, an award that carries a $10,000 scholarship. He also was named 2002 Iowa Young Outstanding Journalist of the Year by the Iowa Newspaper Association, one of three people to win the award this year and only the second college journalist ever to win the award.

A recipient of the competitive Daily Iowan Scholarship, Schulte started writing for the UI student newspaper in June 2001. He has been a metro reporter, interim metro editor and editor of the paper's 2003 University Edition, an annual publication for incoming UI students. He has contributed freelance articles to the Iowa Alumni Magazine and Young Money Magazine.

In April, Schulte was awarded a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is currently working as an intern for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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