Julia Becker, editor-in-chief and photographer of the Francis Howell Central High School Odyssey, has been named a 2014 scholarship winner by the James Alan Cox Foundation.
A senior at Central, Becker has spent all four years working on the yearbook staff – with three years as an editor and two as editor-in-chief. Odyssey has won a number of state yearbook awards from the Missouri InterScholastic Press Association (MIPA) and the Scholastic Press Association.
In its seventh year of providing scholarships to talented high school and college students, the James Alan Cox Foundation chooses award recipients based on several factors, such as their work portfolio, letters of reference, grades and financial need. Only five students are chosen from hundreds of applicants for the national scholarship.
“Julia had to submit a portfolio of five images of her work that she has accumulated over the course of her high school career, encompassing the four years she has served as a member of FHC Publications,” said Activities Director Scott Harris. “Congrats to Julia, her family, and her advisor, Matt Schott, on this amazing accomplishment!”
Becker was the only student from Missouri to win a scholarship.
“Julia winning this scholarship is a just reward and honor for four years of work she has put into becoming a better photographer,” said Schott. “She has truly worked and developed as a photographer. She is no longer just content taking pictures, but she’s making specific images and able to capture those images under difficult circumstances. I couldn’t be prouder of her.”