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William Randolph Hearst Scholars

Recognition for Outstanding Achievement

Over 300 scholarships have been awarded since the William Randolph Hearst Foundation initiated its endowment in 1984 to help high-achieving students who have overcome adversity.

The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services. The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The Hearst Foundation, Inc. was founded by William Randolph Hearst in 1945. In 1948 Hearst established the California Charities Foundations, later renamed The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Both Foundations are guided by the same charitable mission, which reflects the philanthropic interests of their founder.

William Randolph Hearst is an important figure from the 20th century whose influence extended to publishing, politics, motion pictures, the art world and everyday American life.

In 1887, Mr. Hearst became proprietor of the San Francisco Examiner. Shortly after, he purchased the New York Morning Journal, which would become the second in a long list of newspaper holdings that Mr. Hearst acquired throughout his life. He started one of the first print media companies to enter radio broadcasting and was an early pioneer of television. Mr. Hearst was a major producer of movie newsreels, and is widely credited with creating the comic strip syndication business. In 1902, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a congressman from New York.

In continuing his legacy, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation supports institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society.