The James Alan Cox Foundation awarded Stony Brook’s Basil John a $2,500 scholarship last December for his jack-of-all-trades journalism talents as a photographer, videographer, editor, writer and on-air reporter.
“As good as he is on camera, he is equally adept and comfortable behind the camera and in the edit booth,” Professor Rick Ricioppo stated in his reference letter. “Basil is the kind of student who makes my job easy.”
The James Alan Cox Foundation awarded John, alongside five high school students, four other undergraduate college students and an inaugural graduate student award, in its seventh set of scholarships. John’s work was “completely professional with great interviews and editing,” stated a press release. Both of the submitted videos also show John’s passion for his work, it added.
All six college students each received a $2,500, payable to their school, and five high school students each received a high-end digital camera, with lenses, case and memory card (valued at approximately $800 a piece). According to the foundation, award recipients have now come from 23 states and the District of Columbia. The application process was open to all U.S. citizens at accredited schools and programs and, as in previous years, the foundation received hundreds of applications from across the country. Along with their portfolio of work, recipients were chosen based on several criteria, including financial need, an essay, letters of reference and their school transcript.