Robert & Alberta Chupp Journalism Award
On campus, he was known as "The Colonel." Though his standards were high, Robert Chupp was a faculty member whom generations of journalism students cherished for his enthusiasm and his dedication. Mr. Chupp graduated from Franklin College in 1936 and, after returning from World War II, came to work for his alma mater as alumni secretary. In 1961, he began teaching journalism courses for four students. He expanded the program (and the number of students). He is also credited with starting the internship and photography programs at Franklin College and is responsible for founding The Apogee, a biannual collection of poems, short stories, drawings and photos by students. Mr. Chupp retired from teaching in 1980. Later, he and his wife established an endowment to make an award to a graduating senior going on to a career in journalism.
The Robert and Alberta Chupp Journalism Award is granted each year to a graduating senior who has majored in journalism, who exemplifies excellence and who intends to pursue a career in the field. The recipient is chosen by the faculty of the Pulliam School of Journalism.