COLLEGE PARK (7/2/18) — To recognize and honor the five people who lost their lives in the Capital Gazette newsroom last week, the newspaper’s parent company has started a scholarship fund for University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism students.
Tronc — owner of The Baltimore Sun Media Group, which includes the Capital Gazette — announced the Capital Gazette Memorial Scholarship Fund on Sunday. It will be awarded annually to select students pursuing a degree in journalism at the university.
Many people have been wondering how they can help. This is how.
“So many of our friends and alumni have asked what they can do,” said Lucy A. Dalglish, dean of the Merrill College. “In recognition of the incredible outpouring of support, the company has set up this fund.
“The college is grateful for their generosity, and honored to recognize the legacy of these five incredible people.”
The fund was created in memory of Capital Gazette editorial writer Gerald Fischman, sportswriter and editor John McNamara, editor and columnist Robert Hiaasen, reporter Wendi Winters and Rebecca Smith, a member of the newspaper’s sales team.
Fischman (‘79) and McNamara (‘83) were University of Maryland alumni. Hiaasen taught news writing at the Merrill College. Another alum, Rachael Pacella (‘13), was injured during the attack.
Tronc also announced a fund for the families, victims and survivors of the shooting. The Capital Gazette Families Fund is being managed by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. The Michael and Jacky Ferro Family Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations.
The Merrill Family Foundation, founded by former Capital Gazette owner and publisher Philip Merrill — for whom Maryland’s journalism school is named — has donated $100,000 to the fund. If you would like to support the families fund, click here.