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    APRIL 20, 2006
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Award fuels winner’s magazine dreams


On Mondays, you can usually find sophomore journalism major Samantha “Sammy” Davis holed up in the Temple News office, putting the finishing touches on the “Out and About” section for the next day’s paper.

Last Monday, however, she was busy getting the red carpet treatment in New York City and mingling with celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric.

The occasion? Davis was chosen as the 2006 winner of the Ruth Whitney Scholarship, a $10,000 scholarship named for the late editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine.

New York Women in Communications Inc. presented Davis and 17 other college and high school students with scholarships for excellence in communications at the group’s annual luncheon on April 3. Eight prominent women in the communications field also were honored at the event, including actress Geena Davis and Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell.

Besides the obvious perks of free clothes, a TV appearance on CBS’ “The Early Show,” and — best of all — the scholarship, the event also offered Davis the chance to build friendships and career connections that she hopes will help with her goal of becoming a magazine editor.

“Not only did it give me money and fame, but it gave me a great resource,” she said of New York Women in Communications Inc., which she learned about on the Web site Fastweb.com.

Davis’ ambition clearly impressed the organization’s judges, who chose the Honors student from Lancaster, Pa., from 300 applicants.

Her passion for journalism enabled her to quickly rise through the ranks from staff writer to section editor at The Temple News, where she enjoys having the ability to use editing, design and leadership skills.

“It’s been the most fulfilling experience of my college career,” she said.

While Davis hopes the scholarship will help open doors to future internships and jobs, she’s not slowing down one bit. Davis will continue to broaden her journalism experience with an internship in New York this summer, and she will also study and intern in London during the fall semester. When she returns, she plans to seek additional internships in Philadelphia and hopes to remain active with The Temple News.

- Patti Truant