Scholarship created in memory of Coffee

Allison Teixeira
June 14, 2012

Emerson College has created a scholarship in memory of longtime, beloved Emerson faculty member and Professor Emeritus John Coffee, who died last month. The John Coffee Memorial Scholarship will provide financial assistance to Emerson students who are preparing for careers in journalism and have financial need.

John Coffee will be memorialized at Emerson with a scholarship in his name.

Coffee taught history at the College for 35 years, and was the author (with Richard Wentworth ’79) of a large volume on the history of Emerson College, A Century of Eloquence.

“The scholarship fund in Coffee’s name recognizes the complex and intriguing relationship between history and journalism,” said Barbara Rutberg, associate vice president of alumni relations. “As former Washington Post publisher William Graham once said, ‘Journalism is the first rough draft of history.’"

To contribute to the fund, make check payables to Emerson College and put a notation in the memo section that reads "John Coffee Scholarship." Checks may be mailed to:

John Coffee Memorial Scholarship Fund
Emerson College
Development and Alumni Relations
120 Boylston Street, 7th floor
Boston, MA 02116-4624

A memorial for Coffee will take place at the First Church in Boston, on Monday, June 18, at 1:30 pm. It will include a service and reception.

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