June 8, 2021
Associate Professor Yong Volz is the recipient of the Ann K. Covington Award from the University of Missouri Fellowship Office. The award recognizes members of the university faculty or staff who have mentored an undergraduate applicant for at least one nationally competitive fellowship.
Students who applied for nationally competitive scholarships in the past year were able to nominate a mentor for this award.
Volz was nominated by journalism spring 2021 graduate Alice Yu, an applicant for the Payne, Rangel and Pickering Fellowships, as well as the Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship and Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarship.
Volz said she sees mentorship for students as “the most impactful, meaningful and fulfilling work that I can do in my capacity as a faculty member. Being a mentor is a privilege, honor and a serious responsibility,” she said.
Volz is the Roger Gafke Faculty Fellow at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is chair of the Journalism Studies faculty. Her research centers on journalists and their place in society and history. During her 16 years of service at MU, Volz has received a number of research fellowships, visiting scholarships and professorships from universities and institutions in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. She was also a 2013-14 Reynolds Journalism Institute Faculty Fellow, during which time she completed an oral history project – Herstory – bringing to light the experiences of senior women journalists across the country.
Covington, the award’s namesake, is a former member of the University of Missouri Board of Curators, a former Missouri Supreme Court chief justice, the first woman to serve on the state’s Supreme Court and a longtime champion of the University of Missouri.