SPJ Houston
Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

Susanne M. Pagano Scholarship

2019 Scholarship Application Deadline Will Be Announced in January

Susanne M. Pagano

The Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists created this scholarship fund to honor Susanne Pagano, a long-time chapter member who died suddenly in April 2014.

Susanne was a 24/7 news hound who worked as a correspondent for Bloomberg BNA after a long career at business publisher Offshore Data Services.

Susanne was a constant force in the chapter for over two decades, serving in every major leadership role, including multiple stints as chapter president. No matter how busy with work or family obligations, she never turned down an SPJ project. In addition, she was an excellent mentor, offering reasoned guidance to budding journalists in a calm and understanding manner. 

Congratulations to Lizzy Spangler, University of North Texas, on winning the 2018 Susanne M. Pagano Scholarship!

The Houston Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists invites eligible journalism students in the State of Texas to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to be applied against fall 2019 education expenses.


To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a four-year degree in journalism, communications, digital media or a related field; be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior enrolled in a relevant degree program at an accredited four-year educational institution in Texas; and
be from the nine-county Houston metropolitan area (permanent residency, high school graduate or family home).

The nine counties are Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Wharton, Chambers and Austin, with the object being to award the scholarship to a student originally from the greater Houston metropolitan area.

Application: The new application form will be posted in early 2019.

Click on the link below to download the PDF 2018 scholarship application for reference. Also available is the application score sheet, which may be helpful for students in preparing their applications.

Scholarship Award

The scholarship will be awarded prior to the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

More Information

We will be happy to answer questions from applicants or faculty advisers. Please submit questions by email to info@spjhoustonscholar.org.