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Emily Petsko, a senior from Fredericktown, Pa., double majoring in global cultural studies and print journalism, is the 2012 winner of the Bob Fryer Scholarship from The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania.

Point Park student, Emily Petsko, is the 2012 winner of the Bob Fryer Scholarship for aspiring journalists.
Photo by Abbygale Gazica

While at Point Park, Petsko has served as editor-in-chief of The Globe and has reported for the Point Park News Service. She is a member of Point Park's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a freelance reporter for the Observer-Reporter.

Petsko credits both the journalism and global cultural studies program for helping to reach her goals.

"It is an honor to receive the Bob Fryer Scholarship, I've wanted to be a journalist for as long as I can remember," she said. "The journalism program and campus media outlets have provided me with hands-on, practical experience, and my studies within the global cultural studies department have taught me to think critically about the underlying causes of issues in society, which I believe can only enhance my work as a journalist."

Over the summer, Petsko will travel to Nepal as part of an independent study, earning six credits towards her global cultural studies major. She will be teaching English and working in an orphanage.

In the fall, she will work as an intern for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The annual $5,000 scholarship is awarded to aspiring journalism students. Petsko will receive the award on May 14 at the Golden Quill Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Station Square.

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