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New Scholarship Announced for Murrow College

wildercopy2PULLMAN, Wash. – Nov. 8, 2016 – The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication has announced the establishment of a new annual scholarship has been established through a generous donation and pledge. The award will begin as a four-year, $18,000 scholarship and will increase over time, ultimately growing to fully fund the cost of tuition and educational expenses for students majoring in Communication. The Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communication is designed to recognize one Murrow student each year who has served our country and demonstrated formidable academic success.

Funded by Fred’s widow Diane Hogg, his son and daughter-in-law Wade and Emily Hogg and Hogg Davis Inc., this scholarship is a pledge over time, increasing annually. The first award of its kind at Murrow, the initial endowment will increase annually and once fully funded, will be the first full-tuition scholarship offered to students at the college.

“I am truly excited about this award, which reflects the importance of our Murrow Veterans, students active in the ROTC or serving in the National Guard,” says Interim Dean Bruce Pinkleton. “From being active in the ROTC while a student at WSU, to his reports from London throughout World War II, Ed Murrow’s legacy encompasses the ideals of this unique scholarship.”


About Fred Hogg

Fred Hogg
Fred Hogg

Fredrick Neil Hogg graduated at the top of his class for his undergraduate degree from Washington State University and went on to complete his Master’s Degree in communication before leaving what is now the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication for Vietnam. An active member of the campus community, Fred was a leader amongst his peers in the communications department, a star tackle on the football field and an award-winning stage actor. Fred appreciated the university experience to its fullest, with a sense of pride and duty to Country, as a committed member of the ROTC.

Fred worked on-air and behind the scenes at both KUGR and KWSC under the direction of Robert Mott and Cal Watson. Mott and Watson used these stations as a beta test for what would later become National Public Radio.  Fred was committed to his craft and played an active role in the success of the pioneering educational stations and concept. Fred served in leadership positions within Alpha Epsilon Rho, the national radio and TV honorary society. Fred was recognized for his contributions to the department his senior year with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Men, the department’s highest honor.

Although he did not pursue a career in broadcasting or radio, he always utilized his skills in the pursuit of giving. “Throughout his life, two things always stood out,” explains son Wade, who has been running the family business since his graduation from WSU in 1995. “The Palouse and Patriotism.”


About The Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communication

A pledge over time, the Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communication will begin distribution next year, with the first scholarship of about $18,000 for up to four years of academic study. The award will increase annually, and distributions from this fund will be used to provide a scholarship to cover the full cost of tuition and educational expenses for one undergraduate student majoring in Communication at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. The award is renewable annually for up to four years.

Military veterans, students active in the ROTC or serving in the National Guard with a minimum GPA of 3.5 will receive primary consideration. If there are no applicants that meet the primary criteria, the scholarship gives secondary preference to a student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 who has directly transferred to the WSU Murrow College with an associate of arts or another transfer degree.

It is the ultimate goal for the Hogg family to grow the endowment and provide a full tuition scholarship to one deserving student per year.

Learn more about the Fred N. Hogg Endowed Scholarship in Communication here:


News media contacts:
Camille Perezselsky, WSU Murrow College, 206-219-2406,
Corrie Wilder, WSU Murrow College, 516-660-8181,