The Fran Zone / JMC Scholarship

For News Media that Makes a Difference

The Fran Zone/JMC Scholarship for News Media that Makes a Difference provides financial assistance to women pursuing a degree in the news communications field. At the 2016 Genii Awards, Fran Zone, an AWM past chapter president, announced the creation of five (5) $1,000 Scholarships to be awarded via AWM. The Fran Zone/JMC fund was created by Ms. Zone after she led an award-winning media information campaign on sexual harassment, partnering with former President of Hearst Magazines Enterprises, John Mack Carter (JMC). All Fund awards focus on supporting women in the communications field.


The Fran Zone/JMC Scholarship Recipients

Alexa Strabuk

Alexa is a senior at Pitzer College, an Editorial Intern at Ms. Magazine (Spring 2017), Program Coordinator at the Center for Asian Pacific American Students and Former Editor-in-Chief for ‘The Student Life’ newspaper.  “My participation in media is centered on my passion for immigrant advocacy, racial and economic justice, and intersectional feminism, and I hope to create work that alerts public opinion to causes and injustices.”


Candy (Chona) Samareta

Chona is a senior at UCLA and continuing her education at the London School of Economics for a Masters of Science in Media and Communications.  She has studied Persuasive Communication, Social Networking, and Political Communication – centered around the media’s role in politics.  “I want to communicate messages of unity, truth and positive change, and I suspect that by the time I am done with my schooling, a majority of other individuals in our society will be looking to do the same.”

Molly Strawn

Molly is a Junior at California Lutheran University, enrolled in Content Creation for Digital Platforms (a new course to the communication curriculum) featuring new teaching methods of classic journalistic principles.  She is the founder and president of ‘Oceans Outreach’, a service club dedicated to informing and involving students in current marine issues.  Molly is the founder of the Thompson Scholarship (in honor of her grandmother) raising money to give scholarships to a graduating senior at Crescenta Valley High School (her alma mater), for students who have made a difference in the CVTV Broadcasting program.  “Even though different media outlets are furthering their own agendas and framing their stories certain ways, it is up to citizens to think critically about the information presented to them."

Samantha Gurry

Samantha is at the California Institute of the Arts, expected to graduate in 2018.  Co-Founder of Garden Animation Jam – An open call collaborative animation for those identifying as queer, non-binary or female.  She is enrolled in media related courses including World Building, a course for constructing worlds in narrative, experimental and documentary film.  “Your diet is what you put into your body.  It’s the books you read, the movies you watch and the internet you take in.  A healthy diet is intrinsic to creators of media.  We have a social responsibility to contribute to the overall health of our society.”

Victoria (Tori) Edgar

Victoria is a senior at Chapman University, she was awarded the Woman of Strength award by CARES, Creating a Rape-Free Environment for Students.  She is taking a number of media related courses which include A Documentary Workshop, Producing the Television News Magazine, Producing the Newscast (Chapman News) and Introduction to Digital Media in Community Voices. “The media should show a responsibility for truth telling and investigating social issues.”

The Fran Zone/JMC Scholarship Judges

Fran Zone: Founder & CEO, Zone Communication; Creator, The Zone Method™; Former AWM Chapter President

Carol Jenkins: Founding President; Women’s Media Center; Host: Black America CUNY TV

Skip Harris

Genii Awards 2016 Sponsor Advisor 

Founding President CTAM    

(So Calif Cable Television Assn Marketing)


Victoria Harris

Board President/California Wildlife Center

Past President, Women in Cable


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