Missouri Journalism Senior Wins Prestigious OPC Foundation Award

Senior Uliana Pavlova

Top-right, senior Uliana Pavlova receives her Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar award from Steve Swanson, OPC Foundation treasurer. At bottom, Pavlova addresses the audience at the Yale Club in New York City.

Uliana Pavlova’s Winning Essay Was Written During Her Study Abroad Experience in Brussels

New York City (March 7, 2017) — Missouri School of Journalism senior Uliana Pavlova, who is majoring in business convergence journalism, was awarded an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award at the Foundation’s 2017 Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. Rebecca Blumenstein, deputy managing editor of the New York Times, was the keynote speaker. Pavlova was among 15 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 applicants from 50 different colleges and universities.

Pavlova was the recipient of the Theo Wilson Scholarship. She received the award from Steve Swanson, OPC Foundation treasurer. Already aware of the fate some journalists face, Pavlova nevertheless left her native Russia to study journalism in the U.S. Now a college senior, she wrote about German efforts to help Yazidi women recover from being enslaved by the Islamic State – a story she covered last spring as a semester-long intern for Politico Europe in Brussels. Pavlova’s study abroad experience is part of the School’s extensive Global Programs operation, which sends dozens of students to media internships in Brussels, Barcelona, London, New York and Washington, D.C. Skilled in various media, she has produced both breaking news and long-form video projects. Pavlova is also fluent in Ukrainian.

The award winners were honored with a reception at Reuters the night before the luncheon, hosted by the Reuters’ senior staff. They also received risk management and situational awareness training as well as met privately with editors and freelance journalists.

The OPC Foundation is the nation’s largest and most visible scholarship program encouraging aspiring journalists to pursue careers as international correspondents. Media organizations at the luncheon included AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, GroundTruth Project, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.

For more information on its scholarship/fellowship program, see the Overseas Press Club Foundation website.

Updated: October 13, 2020

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