SHREVEPORT JOURNALISM FOUNDATION
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
ORLAND DODSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Elles Rock 2016Elles Rock is a junior mass communications major (concentration in journalism) at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, with a 3.91 cumulative GPA and 4.0 in her major. Earlier this year, she wrote an article for Shreveport Magazine on “homelessness in Shreveport and the people who are working to combat this issue of poverty.”
“I was able to connect with the director of a local organization,” she wrote in her scholarship essay, “whose nonprofit is making ground-breaking strides daily … to help the homeless population in this city.”
“This piece took on a life of its own,” she wrote. “Writing (it) changed my mind about the way I looked at poverty in my city and in the world.
“Through the power of words, the power of a well-told story, tightly held opinions can change and people can start to see the world differently. This is why I want to pursue a career in journalism.
“I want to help inform people about things happening around them they may be missing. In my writing I strive