Megan Middleton of Mansfield is among 15 University of North Texas students who received scholarships, totaling $140,000, from UNT’s Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism. Middleton is the daughter of Lonnie Middleton of Mansfield and the late Myra Middleton. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UNT, and currently works for the URCM at UNT and will be a teaching assistant for the Mayborn School of Journalism.
The graduate institute was established in 1999 after UNT’s Department of Journalism received a gift from the Frank & Sue Mayborn Foundation Advise and Consult Fund at the Communities Foundation of Texas. Frank W. Mayborn was the longtime editor, publisher and owner of the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald in Central Texas and owner of KCEN-TV, Temple’s NBC affiliate. After her husband’s death in 1987, Sue Mayborn assumed his duties as editor, publisher and owner of the Temple Daily Telegram and the Killeen Daily Herald. She also served as owner and president of KCEN-TV until 2009.
The Mayborn Graduate Institute offers the only nationally accredited professional master’s program in journalism at Texas college or university. Through the Mayborn Foundation Advise and Consult Fund, the institute is able to offer scholarships for one academic year. Scholarship winners may apply to renew their scholarships for an additional year.
The free-standing institute is housed in the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, which was established at UNT in 2009 and also houses two departments that administer undergraduate degrees.