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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Your investment is making dreams possible for journalism students at the University of Illinois.

We deeply appreciate your past and continued gifts in memory of Charla Krupp, a journalism alumna at the University of Illinois College of Media, who inspired many with her mission to empower the people around her. Since the establishment of the Krupp Scholarship for Internships in Journalism Fund, three exceptional young women have benefited from your generosity. As we reflect on the life and legacy of Charla Krupp with the recent anniversary of her passing, we would like to announce the two most recent internship recipients and provide an update on the very first recipient of the Krupp Internship, Anna Hecht.

Anna Hecht

As the first-ever recipient of the Krupp Scholarship, Anna acquired an internship at People Stylewatch magazine in New York City during the summer of 2013. Because of the internship, she had access to future opportunities in the magazine world, including internships at InStyle magazine and an editorial internship at Fitness Magazine as part of the prestigious American Society of Magazine Editors - Magazine Internship Program. Following graduation in May 2015, she was hired on immediately as personal assistant to Eva Chen, former Editor-in-Chief of Lucky magazine.

Today, Anna works at InStyle magazine as an editorial assistant, where she handles brand strategy for and writes news posts and covers events. “Because of Charla's life and legacy, students like myself, who dreamt one day of working for a magazine, are allowed an incredible opportunity. The scholarship definitely opened up doors for me professionally.”

Sarah Soenke
Sarah with her brother in front of the Time & Life Building, publisher of InStyle. 

Because of you, Sarah Soenke was the second recipient who headed to New York City in the summer of 2014 to work at InStyle magazine. A 2015 graduate, Sarah knew she wanted to go into journalism after working as a writer and editor at various campus organizations, including The Daily Illini. She wasn’t sure how to get plugged in professionally until discovering the Krupp Scholarship and its New York City opportunity. “It was one of the most direct lines as someone in my position - a 20-year-old person with very little experience - to jump right to the top of the media hierarchy. I feel like it really focused and validated my interest and skills in doing magazine journalism.”

She is now a deputy editor and reporter for Northwest Quarterly, a lifestyle and business magazine based out of Rockford, IL.

Shalayne Pulia

Shalayne Pulia is a 21-year-old senior in the College of Media and the 2015 recipient. Last summer she also worked with InStyle as an editorial intern. But for her, receiving the Krupp Scholarship was more than a professional experience. Her grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, which made the connection with Charla’s story a source of strength. Shalayne’s lifelong dream to become a journalist has blossomed since meeting Richard Zoglin, Charla’s friends at InStyle Magazine, and other local contacts in the industry.

“I can’t thank Richard Zoglin and the donors enough for the opportunity they’ve given me. They’ve made something that’s been a dream of mine into something that’s really close to reality. I recognized that not a lot of people get the opportunity to work in honor of someone like Charla. I was proud to do that and do the best work I possibly could because she’s the kind of journalist I want to be. I want to show people that journalism isn’t just the hard news and the sad news: journalism is about life, and I get the chance to write about it. So thank you.”


The Charla Krupp Scholarship for Internships in Journalism Fund continues to serve as an important door-opener to the major media market of New York City. Charla understood an opportunity like this can be challenging for students who do not have the financial means to make it possible. From Charla’s husband, her friends and future scholarship recipients, we thank you for your continued support in what has been a life changing experience for our students at Illinois!

To help make an impact on future students like Anna, Sarah and Shalayne, please visit our College of Media Advancement website. Or, contact our office at (217) 244-5466 or email 

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