LOS ANGELES, Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation (JMMF) wishes to congratulate the 2014 class of Murray Scholars, who each participated in a nationwide essay competition resulting in the naming of the following recipients: Joseph Pinter, St. Bonaventure University; Jesse Flickinger, University of Montana; Alex Shultz, University of Southern California; Michael Shaw, University of Missouri; Oliver Rothmann, Trinity College-Hartford. Each JMMF award recipient will take home $5,000 in college tuition money. The candidates must be second or third year print journalism students, and are judged on their essay submission.
A panel of nationally recognized sports journalists judged the winning essays. This marks the 15th year the JMMF awarded scholarships in memory of Pulitzer Prize winning sportswriter Jim Murray. To date, the JMMF has awarded almost $400,000 in scholarship money to journalism students at 31 different colleges and universities. Previous notable winners of the JMMF scholarship include ESPN.com columnist Arash Markazi and Associated Press writer Ryan Pearson.
Linda Murray Hofmans, founder of the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation said, "The Jim Murray Memorial Foundation is dedicated to supporting young, talented writers as they pursue this great profession, and we want to nurture these rising stars. These scholarships are designed specifically to encourage writing and journalistic integrity, especially in this new age of electronic media."
McCoy-Murray established the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation to perpetuate her late husband's memory and his love and dedication to his extraordinary career in journalism. Murray, who died August 16, 1998, began his illustrious career at the New Haven, Connecticut Register after graduating Trinity College in 1943. After a stint at the now extinct Los Angeles Examiner, he joined Time & Life (now Time, Incorporated). In 1954 Murray became one the founders of Sports Illustrated. He then joined the Los Angeles Times in 1961, and went on to win a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1990. He also garnered the National Sportswriter of the Year Award fourteen times in his career. Murray's outstanding work landed him a spot in the writers' wing in Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988.
For more information on the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation, please visit the JMMF website: www.jimmurrayfoundation.org.
SOURCE Jim Murray Memorial Foundation