SCSPA Scholarship: Collyn Taylor, Dutch Fork HS

Each year SCSPA offers a scholarship to graduating seniors who have been admitted and are planning to attend the USC School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
Applicants are judged on their scholastic journalism involvement as well as their academic achievements while in high school. As editor-in-chief of Dutch Fork HS’s newspaper, Collyn Taylor says he wants to change the world with his
stories.

His teachers and advisers see him as a student who always strives for excellence. Amy Medlock Greene, adviser, said, “As a sophomore on the newspaper staff, he worked tirelessly to find his “niche” on our team and even at that point, his desire to make our newspaper the best it could be was evident.”
“That year, with a virtually non-existent budget and 12 students on staff, we decided to forgo printing and solely publish online,
said Medlock Greene.  “He was instrumental in building our staff’s website and working out the kinks associated with an online publication.”

In addition to his work on the newspaper staff, this year’s recipient has also been actively involved in his school’s Key Club and served as a volunteer for Special Olympics.
He is especially passionate about sports writing and uses this passion to motivate him in growing as a journalist. In his application Taylor said:  “The beauty of sports is that
it helps communities heal, offers an escape from problems and provides an outlet while entertaining fans around the world.  I want to be able to help define my generation’s great moments in sports. ”

Medlock-Greene believes he will indeed be successful in impacting his generation.  She concludes her letter of recommendation saying: “He is one of those incredible students who will be a tremendous asset to whatever college he chooses to attend and
who will excel in whatever aspect of journalism he chooses to pursueprofessionally.”