The scholars program was created to honor Alan Cruikshank, publisher of the Fountain Hills Times in Arizona, for his commitment to his community and to the community newspaper profession.Cruikshank was a regional director for NNA for six years, representing Arizona, Nevada and California.
During the presentation of the scholarships, Cruikshank
congratulated Belcher and Wheaton, saying, "You are about to enter a career that can reward you in far more ways than just monetarily.
challenged all newspaper publishers to get involved with NNA
or their state press associations.
"We want to make the awarding of these NNAF scholarships a permanent program," Cruikshank
told the audience.