Karina Hogan is aiming to follow in Clinton’s footsteps as the first ever recipient of the Clinton Grybas Media Scholarship.
The Clinton Grybas Media Scholarship is a prestigious award administered by Red Dust that supports and provides assistance to Indigenous and remote students studying or completing work placements in numerous media fields including journalism, radio broadcasting, television production and presenting.
The establishment of the Clinton Grybas Scholarship Fund (CGSF) is a way to honour one of Australia’s most loved and gifted sport commentators. This concept has been spoken about ever since Clinton’s untimely passing in 2008.
Karina Hogan is certainly a young journalist on the move. Raised in Brisbane’s Woodridge, a suburb known for its high crime, drug and suicide rates, she has many stories to tell. “This scholarship means so much to me for a number of reasons. As a young Indigenous student trying to make big changes I am often faced with challenges like overcoming financial hardship.”
Currently studying at Deakin University in Geelong, Karina believes the Clinton Grybas Media Scholarship will provide her with a sustainable way to complete her studies. “It is through this scholarship that I will have the opportunity to gather and distribute news quicker and on a more regular basis allowing me make the money necessary to support myself throughout my entire university course.”
Clinton’s brother, Ashley, presented Karina with the inaugural award at Red Dust’s Dreamtime with the Stars Gala event on Wednesday September 1st. The Grybas family is confident that the support provided through the Clinton Grybas Media Scholarship will encourage more Indigenous people to engage in an industry that Clinton was so passionate about.