Cheree Cleghorn and other friends and colleagues of Bill Raspberry established the William Raspberry Endowed Scholarship in Journalism in August 2012 to support students.
William (Bill) Raspberry grew up in Okolona, Mississippi. He began his illustrious career in journalism in 1956 with a summer job at the Indianapolis Recorder. In 1960 he received a B.S. in history from Indiana Central College. After serving in the U.S. Army, he took a job with The Washington Post in 1962. Billís tenure at The Post spanned several decades and his work earned him not only a Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary and the National Association of Black Journalistís Lifetime Achievement Award, but also the respect of many local and international readers and colleagues. Throughout his career Bill upheld the highest standards of journalism practice and principles and served as an advocate for justice and human rights.In honor of Billís meaningful work and lifetime of achievements in journalism, Cheree Cleghorn and other friends and colleagues established an endowed fund to support journalism students at the University.