Quinnipiac University journalism student David Rooney of Wallingford has been awarded the 2020-21 Record-Journal Foundation Scholarship, the school’s Department of Journalism announced May 11.
Rooney will begin his senior year at the Hamden, university in the fall. He is the son of Robert and Dorothea Rooney, of Wallingford. Rooney will receive an award of $2,000 for his senior year.
The Quinnipiac University journalism faculty unanimously selected Rooney for the scholarship based on his high GPA and the “depth of his reporting and writing, as well as his persistence in seeking to improve in all areas of the practice of journalism,” said the department chair and associate journalism professor Margarita Diaz.
Quinnipiac’s journalism program within the School of Communications is recognized as one of the top programs in the U.S. by College Factual, the Radio Television Digital News Association and Linked In’s analysis of best schools for aspiring media professionals.
The scholarship is awarded to a Quinnipiac journalism student who lives in the nine-town circulation area of the Record-Journal.
“We are grateful to the Record-Journal Foundation for its support of our students with this scholarship,” said the dean of the School of Communications Chris Roush. “R-J media has provided internships and career opportunities for our students and alumni for many years. Facebook’s recent grant to the Record-Journal to support local coverage underscores its exceptional national reputation for news gathering and reporting and for fostering innovation to keep the nine communities in its circulation area informed and enlightened.”