Students such as Park City High School's Catherine Blakemore are the reason The Salt Lake Tribune this month awarded 15 college scholarships to graduating high-school seniors interested in pursuing media careers.
"Passions cannot be ignored or stifled," Blakemore said in her scholarship application. "I choose to pursue my highest passion, which is the field of journalism … a way of life and a type of mind-set.
"It's the power of investigation in everything you do and the extensive passion for knowledge, [combined] with the need to always ask questions and to never stop."
Journalism's future depends on promising young people such as Blakemore, who along with other recipients receives $1,000 for college expenses.
In the Murray/Holladay/Millcreek area, Indigo Cook of Skyline High School is a Tribune scholarship winner.
Co-editor of the Horizon student newspaper, she also was part of a high-school senior blogging corps for Granite School District.
Teacher Justin Thompson said Cook's sincere interest in learning impressed him.
"Her commitment to growth is rare among young people," he wrote. "Her writing grew in leaps and bounds. … Her ability to stay focused on the process of learning while pursuing the product of good grades was outstanding."
Cook, also a percussionist of some accomplishment, said she intends to pursue a double major in music and journalism at New York University.
Online Read about all 15 winners
O A list of all 15 Salt Lake Tribune scholarship winners is available online at www.sltrib.com.