Doug Damerst Scholarship


The Florida Magazine Association honors the life and career of Doug Damerst by awarding a $1000 cash prize to an exceptional student majoring in the field of the journalism/communications. During his 10 years as editor-in-chief, Doug Damerst set an award-winning standard for the Orlando-based publication of the Florida Association of Realtors — no surprise given the excellence that distinguished each adventure in a communications career that spanned four decades. Whether working as a freelance travel columnist, public relations manager or managing director of communications, Doug brought an enthusiasm and curiosity matched only by an extraordinary ability to see the big picture while grasping the smallest details. He was a motivator who encouraged the open exchange of ideas and always strived to bring out the best in people. As a trailblazer in new media methods and technologies, he never lost sight of the importance of editorial integrity and getting the facts straight. Doug Damerst was an inspiration to those who knew and worked with him, and a model for all journalists to celebrate.

Submission Guidelines: Students must submit a portfolio of 3 articles showcasing their journalism, an official transcript from the university in attendance, a resume, letter of recommendation and an introduction letter that states why you are passionate about the field of journalism.

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Submission deadline is June 22.

For additional information about the essay contest—or to learn how to become more involved in FMA (it's no cost for college students to officially join the organization and tap into its many benefits), call FMA offices at (321) 283-5257 or e-mail [email protected].


Past Scholarship Recipients

2017 - The 2017 Doug Damerst Scholarship was awarded to Cecilia Mazanec, a senior at the University of Florida. Majoring in journalism (and minoring in business administration and English), Mazanec’s burgeoning career has included roles as a web reporter for Gainesville’s NPR member station WUFT and interning at UF with its social media team and at NPR in Washington, D.C., as a digital news intern. Read more about Cecilia Mazanec.

2015 - The FMA presented its inaugural (2015) Doug Damerst Scholarship to Brittany Valencic, a journalism major at the University of Florida, wrote the winning essay for the $1,000 scholarship. A sophomore at UF, she has interned at FLA-TV in Tampa and the Gainesville Sun newspaper, and written for several publications in the Gainesville area.