Celebration of Scholarships
Reese Cleghorn Journalism Excellence Scholarship

Scholarship History

Colleagues and friends of Reese Cleghorn established the Reese Cleghorn Journalism Excellence Scholarship in November 1999 to support outstanding journalism students. This fund honors his 19 years of service as dean of the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.

Donor Statement

Professor Reese Cleghorn came to Maryland in 1981 from the Detroit Free Press after a 30-year newspaper reporting and editing career. He served as president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers in 1980. He co-authored "Climbing Jacob's Ladder," a book about the civil rights movement and the South. He contributed to eight anthologies on racial, urban and other social problems, has written more than 250 magazine articles, and has contributed commentary and analysis to numerous major newspapers and professional journals. A journalism graduate of Emory University, he holds a master's degree in public law and government from Columbia University. He developed a nationally heralded, five-year excellence plan called "Toward 1990: Creating a Model Professional School" that built Maryland's stature and helped attract top-flight students and faculty. Over the years, Cleghorn's efforts also attracted private funding to support a wide range of academic endeavors and professional outreach activities. He stepped down as dean in June 2000.
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