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Harnisch Foundation Establishes New Scholarships For Baruch Journalism Students

Photo - Ruth Ann Harnisch, president of the Harnisch Foundation

Baruch's new journalism scholarships are named after Ruth Ann Harnisch (above), an Emmy-nominated journalist and wife of The Baruch College Fund Trustee William Harnisch ('68).

-- Photo courtesy of The Harnisch Foundation

New York, NY - Oct. 27, 2008 - The Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences is extremely pleased to announce the creation of the Harnisch Family Journalism Scholarship through a grant from The Harnisch Family Foundation. Every outstanding junior with a 3.0 or higher GPA who has declared a major within the new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions is eligible for consideration.

The four annual journalism scholarships will provide up to $6,000 per student to help cover tuition, a summer stipend to allow for an internship, targeted assistance for technology, and the possibility of travel funds and fees for outside seminars. The scholarship is renewable in the senior year for high achieving junior recipients.

This expands the Harnisch Scholars program originally funded by Baruch alumnus Bill Harnisch ’68 through the William F. Harnisch Foundation. Since 2003, 48 Harnisch Scholars have been honored with full tuition and other support. The new Harnisch Scholars will be funded by his wife, Ruth Ann, whose journalism career included work in newspapers, radio, television, magazines, and online.

"We are grateful to Ruth Ann Harnisch for her support of our students and for recognizing the importance of journalism and the writing professions as a field of study," said President Kathleen Waldron.

"We are thrilled with this fabulous opportunity that Ruth Ann Harnisch is providing to Baruch College students," said Geanne Rosenberg, associate professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions. "Ruth Ann Harnisch's commitment to excellence in journalism at Baruch will have a tremendously positive impact upon our new department and bodes well for a vibrant future for journalism in this Internet age and in society at large."

For further information or to find out about the new Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions, please contact Journalism Chair Geanne Rosenberg or Journalism Office Manager Glenda Hydler, at or or call the Journalism Department office at (646) 312-3974.

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