Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship Fund

The Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship Fund was established within IRE’s endowment by IRE board member Nancy Stancill, with the help of her family. Since December 2004, they have raised more than $20,000 in memory of Nancy’s father, Godfrey Wells Stancill, former editor and publisher of the Suffolk (Va.) News-Herald. With the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation match, the fund now stands at more than $30,000.

Godfrey Wells Stancill, who ran the News-Herald from 1968-81, died in 1995. He won many awards for his News-Herald editorials from the Virginia Press Association. After his retirement, he served as a longtime columnist for the newspaper. Mr. Stancill served on the board of the state press association in the 1970s and was president of VPA in 1980-81. A World War II veteran, he was active in the civic life of Suffolk, Va. He loved gardening, Tar Heel athletics and spending time with his children and their families.

The Godfrey Wells Stancill Fellowship will be awarded annually to a journalist working for a newspaper with Sunday circulation under 50,000. The fellowship will cover the costs of sending the journalist to IRE’s annual conference, beginning with the Fort Worth/Dallas conference on June 15-18, 2006.

Nancy Stancill is one of five children of Godfrey and Phyllis Stancill. She and other family members established the fellowship to coincide with IRE’s Breakthroughs drive to create a $5 million endowment.

“Our Dad loved running a newspaper and he strongly believed in the power of journalism to make a community better,” said Nancy. “We believe this fellowship with IRE will honor his ideals and the great work he did throughout his life.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the fellowship may donate to the IRE endowment and write “Stancill Fellowship” in the donation note.

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