The Denver Press Club annually awards scholarships to deserving journalism and communications students attending Colorado colleges and schools. The scholarships are administered with the assistance and help of The Denver Foundation, Colorado’s largest and oldest community organization. You can donate directly to support the Press Club scholarships through the Foundation.

The application form is available from the Foundation. The application deadline varies each year but is typically in the late fall. Winners are recognized at the Club’s annual Damon Runyon Award banquet in the spring of the following year.

In 2019, Club leadership named the overall winning scholarship — and the top monetary award — for John C. Ensslin, a longtime Club member who died in August 2019. The scholarship had previously been named for longtime NBC Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert, a former Damon Runyon Award winner.


Samantha SansonColorado CollegeLittleton, Colorado$3,000
Melanie MauCSU PuebloColorado Springs, Colorado$1,500
Elias BornColorado Mesa UniversityEvergreen, Colorado$1,500
Heather DavisMSU DenverLakewood, Colorado$1,500
Isaac VargasUniversity of DenverAurora, Colorado$1,500
Robert TannCU BoulderAurora, Colorado$1,500
Bailee CampbellU. of Northern ColoradoPaonia, Colorado$1,500
Joy WebbCU Colorado SpringsDelta, Colorado$1,500
Brooke BuchanCSU Fort CollinsWestminster, Colorado$1,500


Megan WebberMSU Denver$3,000
Emma IannaconeCSU Fort Collins$1,500
Chris ChurillaCSU Pueblo$1,500
Grace CarsonUniversity of Denver$1,500
Hannah MetzgerCU Boulder$1,500
Ben ShumateU. of Northern Colorado$1,500
Matt ThorntonColorado Mesa University$1,500


Miriam “Mimi” MadridMSU Denver$2,000
Nevin FowlerCSU Fort Collins$1,000
Ashley SchaerflCSU Pueblo$1,000
Leah SwanderUniversity of Denver$1,000
Jackson BarnettCU Boulder$1,000
Laura HuwaColorado Mesa University$1,000
Will CostelloU. of Northern Colorado$1,000


Erin DouglasCSU Fort CollinsParker, Colorado$1,500
Ellis ArnoldCU BoulderAurora, Colorado$750
Ashleigh HollowellCSU PuebloWoodland Park, Colorado$750
Jillian QueriUniversity of DenverPark City, Utah$750
Jacquiline PalizziU. of Northern ColoradoThornton, Colorado$750
David SchautMSU DenverHighlands Ranch, Colorado$750


Connor DavisUniversity of Denver
Sarah KnuthCSU Pueblo
Alyson McClaranMSU Denver
Keegan PopeCSU Fort Collins
Sam SchanfarberCU Boulder
Dylan SanchezUniversity of Northern Colorado


Elizabeth HernandezCU Boulder
Joe FriesUniversity of Denver
Jacob ScottUniversity of Northern Colorado
Robert “Tony” WhiteMSU Denver
Christy WiabelCSU Pueblo
Kate WinkleCSU Fort Collins


Biz GilmoreUniversity of Northern Colorado
Kara MasonPueblo, ColoradoCSU Pueblo
Mary Isabel McCanUniversity of Denver
Anne Lorraine MeltonCU Boulder
Dillon ThomasCSU Fort Collins
Kelli Heitstuman-TomkoMSU Denver