Robert and Rhoda Amon Scholarship

Lei Takanashi, the 2017 Robert and Rhoda Amon Scholarship recipient, and Dean Schneider.

Lei Takanashi, the 2017 recipient, and Dean Howard Schneider.

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.

2017 recipient – Lei Takanashi

Past recipients:

2010 – Natalie Crnosija
2011 – Hallie Golden
2012 – Alyssa Melillo
2013 – Deanna Del Ciello
2014 – Kerlern Tuitt
2015 – Cassandra Maddox
2016 – Jessica Stoneburner