The Robert and Rhoda Amon Memorial Scholarship rewards an outstanding junior or senior majoring in journalism who has demonstrated a commitment to journalism, writes well in print or online, excels in class, and demonstrates a financial need for the scholarship. The winner of the Amon Memorial Scholarship will receive $2,500 to be applied towards tuition at Stony Brook University for the fall 2016 semester. Those eligible are journalism majors who will be juniors or seniors enrolled as full-time students in fall 2016.
This scholarship honors the memory of Robert and Rhoda Amon, journalists who lived in Port Washington. He was also a maritime historian who had worked as a press aide to New York City Mayor Beame. He died in 1992. She was a reporter for Newsday for 42 years, chronicling social trends and writing about the lives of ordinary people. She was among a group of women who fought for equal treatment at Newsday, a fight that led to a federal discrimination lawsuit that changed Newsday’s hiring practices. Rhoda Amon wrote her last story for Newsday in 2008, a week before she died of breast cancer at age 85.
Past winners of the Robert and Rhoda Amon Memorial Scholarship:
2014 – Kerlern Tuitt
2013 – Deanna Del Ciello
2012 – Alyssa Melillo
2011 – Hallie Golden
2010 – Natalie Crnosija