Slover scoops up Janssen journalism scholarship

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Maggie Slover developed a passion for writing at a young age. That zeal for writing is literally paying off for Slover, who is the 2010 recipient of the Jim Janssen Memorial Scholarship award. The Janssen Scholarship is awarded to a promising journalism student at the Sierra College campus in Rocklin. Slover will receive a $750 scholarship in memory of Janssen, a longtime reporter at the Roseville Press Tribune. Janssen worked at the Roseville newspaper for 43 years prior to his death in 2004. A home schooled student, Slover grew up in Dutch Flat, a small town about 30 miles northwest of Auburn. She just completed her first year at Sierra College in Rocklin and is contemplating taking a journalism course and writing for the college newspaper in the fall. “I’m very honored to receive this scholarship and want to thank Sierra College for the financial support,” Slover said. “I hadn’t heard of Jim Janssen, but after learning about him and his long career as a respected journalist, it makes receiving this scholarship even more meaningful to me.” Slover, 19, has already established her own journalism career. She has written for a Dutch Flat newsletter the past five years and this spring has began writing freelance stories for the Colfax Record, which is part of the same group of newspapers that also includes the Press Tribune, where Janssen worked. Slover has a goal of attending Stanford University as an English major. “I’ve been passionate about writing my entire life,” Slover said. “I love creative writing and want to branch out with other forms of writing as well. I look forward to the challenge of writing for the Colfax Record and working with an experienced editor who will challenge me and improve my writing skills.” The scholarship fund is made through the Sierra College Foundation, whose mission is to give members of the community an outlet to assist and invest in the development of quality educational opportunities. “It’s wonderful to be able to support a student like Maggie who demonstrates a real love of writing,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, president and CEO AKT Development Corp, who provided the leadership donation to establish the scholarship fund. “During his long career with the Press Tribune, Jim Janssen always showed devotion to his craft and valued fairness and accuracy in his reporting. I’m happy to be connected with such a worthy scholarship and such a worthy student like Maggie Slover.” The Janssen scholarship was established in 2004 when more than $12,000 was raised from a number of area donors. In addition to Tsakopoulos, other major donors include Gold Country Media, publisher of the Roseville Press Tribune; Hewlett Packard; Halldin Public Relations; SureWest; Del Webb California; Westpark Associates; and Agilent Technologies. For more information on how to make a charitable donation to the Sierra College Foundation, call 660-7020 or visit ~ Staff report