The Newspaper Guild has named Shaun Kleber, a 2012 graduate of , the national winner of the 2012 David S. Barr Award. The award recognizes a scholastic story for its excellence in promoting social justice and includes a $1,000 cash prize.
Kleber won the award for his March 2, 2011 the Southerner story, "Pencil Me Out," which examined the veracity of Georgia Graduation Test diagnostic exams administered at Grady. Kleber, the son of Scott Kleber and Nancy Habif, will receive the award at a Newspaper Guild ceremony in Baltimore in mid-October.
Kleber was Grady’s salutatorian for the Class of 2012 and is now a freshman at the University of Georgia, where he has earned the distinction of being named a "Foundation Fellow" scholar.
The Foundation Fellowship is the university's premier undergraduate scholarship and the program provides an array of academic enrichment and extracurricular opportunities to recipients, including international travel-studies, internships and research experiences.
The 26 Fellows were chosen from 900 applicants with in-state students receiving an annual stipend of $10,100 and the HOPE Scholarship. In addition to group travel-study experiences, including a Maymester study abroad at Oxford University and three spring trips, Fellows also receive $7,500 in individual travel grants and $1,750 to fund research and academic conference attendance.
Read more about the Foundation Fellowship program here.
- The University of Georgia Office of Public Services contributed to this story