Smith receives Don Marsh Scholarship

Rachel Smith, a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree at West Virginia University’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism, is the 2008 recipient of the Don Marsh Scholarship in Healthcare Writing. The Scholarship includes a nine-hour tuition waiver and a paid internship in the WVU Health Sciences Planning, Marketing and Communications Office. 

Smith is responsible for writing press releases about WVU health news and events for internal and external publication.  She will also assist with media events at WVU Health Sciences Center and WVU Hospitals.

Smith, a Greensburg, Pennsylvania native, earned her B.A. in public relations and advertising from Penn State University in 2006. Most recently, she was employed as a freelance writer for the Dominion Post newspaper in Morgantown, W.Va.  Currently, Smith is working on her thesis, which explores women in sports journalism.

Outside of academics, Smith enjoys antiques and collects items with historical significance. She is the author of two postcard history books, “Greensburg,” which was released in October and “Latrobe and the Ligonier Valley,” which should be released in April.

The scholarship honors West Virginia journalist Don Marsh, who was employed at the Charleston Gazette for 40 years – first as a reporter, then as an editor and columnist. Marsh gained a national reputation for exposing arrogance, corruption and hypocrisy through his work as a journalist. He became editor of the Charleston Gazette in 1976 and won The American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award for commentary in 1987.

After his retirement from the daily newspaper, Marsh was a commentator on the West Virginia MetroNews radio network until his death in 1999.

Smith is the daughter of Thomas and Heather Smith of Greensburg, and a 2002 graduate of Hempfield Area High School.


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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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