Irene Runnels-Paula McStay Scholarship Now Open for Enrollment


We are now accepting applications for the Irene Runnels-Paula McStay Scholarships.

IRENE RUNNELS - PAULA MCSTAY SCHOLARSHIP - Enrollment Window: 11/23/19 – 2/23/20

These scholarships are in honor of Irene Runnels, a distinguished and respected Dallas broadcaster and Paula McStay, a former Fort Worth advertising executive.  They will be administered through the University Financial Aid Office and must be applied toward undergraduate or graduate tuition only. 

College Eligibility Requirements (2 Scholarships in the amount of $5,000/ea.)

  • Must attend a Texas public or private university that offers radio, television, film, public relations, advertising/communication or broadcasting as the major emphasis of study
  • Candidate must have completed 75 hours of college course work by December 2018 in a Texas university
  • Candidate may be male or female
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in declared major course work is required (based on a 4.0 scale)

All candidates can apply online at

Completed applications must be submitted to [email protected]

NOTE: May graduates are ineligible.


Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Announce 2019 Scholarship Award Winners

Each year, the Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, Inc. awards three scholarships totaling $12,000.  Two $5000 scholarships are in the names of Irene Runnels, a distinguished and respected Dallas broadcaster and Paula McStay, a former Fort Worth advertising executive. One $2000 Essay scholarship is in the name of Judy Miller, who was an outstanding and treasured advertising executive that served in the DFW Metroplex.  Applicants are considered on the basis of educational and career goals in their major field of study, activities and honors, service to community and references.  The scholarships winners received recognition at the 36th Annual AWM Awards of Excellence Gala on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Dallas Hyatt Regency Reunion Hotel.

James Trussell – Judy Miller Student Media Tour Essay Winner

James Daniel Trussell is a student at Tarrant County College and plans to graduate by spring 2021. He is pursuing an Associate degree in ‘Radio, Television, and Film’ and currently holds a 4.0 GPA. At school, James is a member of the Digital Media Arts Club where he participates in fundraising projects and media events on campus. Trussell enjoys hiking, reading, and taking photos with his 35mm SLR camera. James, also, volunteers for Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas where he stocks their food pantry and serves low-income families.  In addition, Trussell enjoys challenging himself with physical or mental tasks. A physical challenge he overcame was running his first marathon. An example of a mental challenge was reciting poetry at an open-mic night.

Recently, James worked for the non-profit Samaritan’s Purse where he coached volunteers to prepare gifts for children in third world countries. In addition, Walt Disney World and Warner Bros. Studios have hired him in roles such as educator, public speaker, and clerk. The experiences he gained from these companies were integral to him choosing to pursue his education in media.

After graduating, he will seek job opportunities from local production companies and continue to hone his craft as a professional producer/cinematographer. James is particularly interested in documentaries as he has always been a storyteller and an educator. As of this moment, he is content to be able to continue his studies thanks to the Dallas Area Alliance for Women in Media.


Kayla Griffis – Irene Runnels/Paula McStay scholarship recipient

Kayla Griffis is from Flower Mound, Texas. She is an Advertising major w/a specialization in Digital Media Strategy and a double minor in Spanish and Graphic Design at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  Kayla is also part of a graduate 4 +1 program that allows her to pursue a graduate degree in Advertising while still in undergrad so she can graduate with a bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years.

Kayla’s hobbies are reading novels and comic books, listening to music, binging Hulu and Netflix, and playing video games.  Kayla aims to be a chief executive in a company's media department and she hopes to change the way minorities are represented in media/advertising.


Weston Bliobenes – Irene Runnels/Paula McStay scholarship recipient

Weston is a third year Advertising major at The University of Texas at Austin. He was accepted into Texas Creative, which is one of the leading portfolio programs in the nation.

As a copywriter, he concepts and executes brand campaigns judged by a panel of ad industry leaders from across the U.S. By night, he is a radio DJ with a weekly show at 91.7 KVRX where he plays "none of the hits, all of the time", and this summer he will be interning at GSD&M in Austin.

In his free time, Weston loves to read, write, watch movies and hike the Texas hill country with his friends. You can check out some of his work at