Avery Maehrer may currently be in Florida as a Walt Disney World intern, but he was honored Friday night in his home state of Pennsylvania.
As a recent Temple University graduate, Maehrer was awarded The Ralph Flamminio Memorial Scholarship presented by the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors during the 2015 Pennsylvania Press Conference in Gettysburg.
Maehrer said in a video acceptance speech played at the awards banquet that he couldn’t attend because he had just moved to Orlando to begin a post-graduate internship.
“I grew up in Allentown, and the Morning Call is delivered every day to our front door,” Maehrer said. “It was the first paper I ever knew, so to receive an award named after on of its former editors is very meaningful to me. And the scholarship is a huge help, as my student loan payments are quickly approaching.”
While studying print journalism, Maehrer spent his undergraduate career as a reporter and later editor-in-chief of the university’s student-run newspaper, The Temple News.
The Flamminio Scholarship is a $3,000 award presented to one Pennsylvania college student who “exemplifies the ideas of [Flamminio],” Philadelphia Inquirer Managing Editor Sandra Clark said. Besides being an editor at the Morning Call, Flamminio also worked for the Coatesville Record.
He was “passionate about journalism and the first amendment, and a champion for a better informed citizenry,” according to the PAPME website.
Clark, a member of the PAPME Scholarship Committee, said Maehrer was chosen after the committee reviewed applications from 14 other students throughout the state.
She said Maehrer’s seven-month investigative story, “Pain and the Game,” not only highlighted a pattern of neglect and abuse within Temple’s track and field program but his reporting abilities as well.
Temple News adviser John DiCarlo said Maehrer is one of the most talented students he has worked with in the 14 years he has been working at the university. He said he feels fortunate to have advised the young journalist.
“Avery’s an old soul,” DiCarlo said. “He’s a young kid with leadership abilities of someone who is 45 years old. It’s hard to lead a staff of about 35 other editors and 200 writers and be respected — they all really respected him.”