15 Mar 2005 14:44

Interfax annonces first winner of Boris Grishchenko Scholarship

Interfax Information Services Group and the Department of Journalism at the Lomonosov branch of Moscow State University have unanimously granted the Boris Grishchenko Scholarship to 4th year student Olga Golovanova based on the results of the winter exam session of 2004-05.

"We are happy with the large number of candidates studying information and journalism who applied for the scholarship," Chairman of the Interfax Information Services Group Board of Directors Mikhail Komissar said. "We were pleasantly surprised with the high level of the contest projects. This shows that Russian news agencies have a good personnel reserve."
The candidates were judged on academic progress and the quality of their contest works (20 news items).
The contest works by Golovanova included a series of brilliant interviews with celebrated politicians: including: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Georgian Parliament Speaker Nino Burjanadze, Iraqi Ambassador to Moscow Abdulkarim Hashim Musfata, and Hight Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union Javier Solana. All of these materials have been used by leading Russian and foreign mass media groups.
There were seven candidates for the scholarship for the winter exam session of 2004-05.

Interfax established the scholarship last year in memory of Boris Sergeyevich Grishchenko (June 1, 1937-April 21, 2004), who was an information journalist for nearly 40 years. Grishchenko was employed at the Leningrad division of TASS in 1966, and became a TASS political writer in Moscow in 1970. Grishchenko was employed at Interfax in the early years of the agency‘s existence, 1991, and was a news agency head till the end of his life.
For years, Grishchenko was a member of the Kremlin journalist pool. He knew Kremlin life well, from the times of Leonid Brezhnev till the modern era. He was awarded the Order of Honor for his merits in 1999.
The regulations on scholarship say that it can be granted to one student with the consent of a special commission made up of three representatives from Moscow State University and three representatives from Interfax.

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