William J. Kelly Scholarship Endowment

This endowment was established in 2000 to honor William J. Kelly, Sr.  of Cuperino, California, who was for 50 years a reporter, editor, filmmaker, and publicist in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.  A Columbia University School of Journalism graduate, he enjoyed a long and distinguished career and at 93 was still writing. He passed away in 2003, aged 95.


His obituary in 2003 gives more information: He was born March 29, 1908, in Canton, New York, the son of Mary Donovan and Timothy Kelly, and was a 1925 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Ogdensburg. During and after high school he was employed as a reporter by the Ogdensburg Advance and later by the Watertown Times. He studied at the Columbia University School of Journalism, graduating in 1930, and went to work for the International News Service (INS) as a reporter. One of his notable early assignments was to sit in a “death watch” at Thomas Edison’s estate in West Orange, New Jersey, as the inventor was dying in 1931. From New York City he was transferred to the Harrisburg and then the Pittsburgh offices of the INS. In 1932 he married Patricia Dorn of New York City, who was a professional vocalist on radio and in Broadway musicals. During their residence in Pittsburgh he was assigned to cover the Lindbergh kidnapping case in New Jersey. He was then assigned to the INS Manhattan office, where he was employed as a reporter, when he covered the 1937 Hindenburg disaster, and then as editor and night editor for INS until 1943, when he joined the  staff of the Crowell-Collier group as an associate editor for Colliers magazine. In 1954 he went to Washington to serve as editor of Collier’s American Magazine. In 1955 he was employed briefly as a press officer by the International Conference of Teamsters in Washington, DC, leaving there to serve as special assistant to the president and press officer for the Western Conference of Teamsters in San Francisco, until 1975 when he retired. He was pre-deceased by his wife, Patricia Dorn, his sisters Margaret Lebeau and Mary Kelly of Ogdensburg, and his brother John Kelly also of Ogdensburg. He is survived by his daughters Patricia Caudle of Cupertino, CA, and Barbara and her spouse John Duffy of Isle La Motte, VT, and his sons William J. Kelly, Jr. of Malibu, CA, and Brian J. and his spouse Julie Kelly of Saratoga, CA.


This endowment was established in 2001 by an initial donation from William Kelly, and was added to by donations from his family and friends in honor of and in memory of him.  The endowment funds both the William J. Kelly Scholarship in Writing and the Kelly Writing Prize.


The William J. Kelly Scholarship

The Kelly Scholarship is for students of writing and journalism, and can go either to a student who is a graduate of St. Lawrence County NY high schools and majoring in journalism or to the student editor of the JSC student newspaper, Basement Medicine.


Recent Recipients


Daniel Schwartz, Outdoor Education – Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership major, Class of 2012, Montpelier, VT



Davis Koier, Journalism major, Class of 2012, Morrisville, VT



Hilary Hayward, majoring in journalism, Class of 2010, Monponsett, MA.



Nathan Burgess, majoring in journalism, Class of 2010, Hinesburg, VT.



Jim Askew, majoring in general studies, Class of 2008, Montpelier, VT.


Kelly Writing Prize

This scholarship is awarded to the JSC student judged to have written the best paper in an undergraduate course during the past year.


Recent Recipients


Scott McDowell, majoring in history, Class of 2010, Johnson, VT. 



Hilary Hayward, majoring in journalism, Class of 2011.



Claudia Woodward, majoring in elementary education with a mathematics concentration, Class of 2008, Enosburg Falls, VT.


Jessica Logerfo, majoring in creative writing, Class of 2008, Charlestown, NH.