The family of Long Island publisher, writer, and journalism icon John Kominicki has established a scholarship in his name for a promising undergraduate or graduate journalism student in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.
The John L. Kominicki Memorial Annual Scholarship provides $10,000, to be divided between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years, for a junior, senior, or graduate student who is recommended by the Herbert School dean and meets the criteria for academic achievement and financial need.
Kominicki, who died in December after a brief illness, was publisher of the Long Island Press. He was a veteran journalist who served as editor of Long Island Business News from 1998 to 2013, and he also founded Innovate Long Island, an online publication about the island’s innovation and tech economies. Kominicki was a reporter and editor for many years in Europe for the Stars and Stripes newspaper, and edited papers in Texas and Oklahoma City. He was named to the Press Club of Long Island’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2014.
“John loved language and had a true gift with words,” said Kominicki’s wife, Marie. “He worked with words for a living as a reporter, editor, columnist and mentor, but he always wrote for the sheer joy, the challenge, and the eventual pleasure of crafting a special piece—whether it be to report, to educate, to entertain, to surprise, or to amuse. This scholarship was created to encourage and assist others who aspire to do the same.”
Evan Cornog, dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, noted that this scholarship embodies Kominicki’s commitment to supporting and mentoring student journalists. “His enthusiasm for the art of journalism, along with his passion and entrepreneurial spirt, inspired so many people in the field,” Dean Cornog said. “We were very fortunate to have had his involvement with the school as a member of the Dean’s Council.”
Students interested in the scholarship should complete the Herbert School’s online application; the deadline for the 2018-2019 year is May 31, 2018.