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March 16, 2017 Scholarship established in Mary O. Bradley’s memory

Mary O. Bradley served as a reporter at The Patriot-News for 40 years, and was well loved in the area for her colorful, detailed stories from around the community. During her time with the Patriot, she covered everything from crime to sports news. One of her biggest stories being that of the 1979 Three Miles Island accident, which she later won an award for from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. Bradley also was a longtime organizer for the annual Best and Brightest program, which has been honoring the most accomplished high school students from around the central Pa. region in the Patriot for twenty-five years. Bradley passed away in April of 2009.

Now, the Central Penn College Education Foundation is honored to announce the establishment of the Mary O. Bradley Journalist Endowed Scholarship. This $10,000 endowed scholarship will be awarded to students with an interest in journalism, news media and communications. In addition, one of the college’s 33 recently renovated Super Suites will be named in her honor, and designated with a plaque.

“The Central Penn College Education Foundation is thrilled to be able to celebrate the life and legacy of Mary O. Bradley through this memorial scholarship fund created for the college’s students,” says Foundation Director Matt Lane. “Our student recipients are so appreciative and proud of the scholarships they receive each year – and thanks to contributors like the Bradley family, our foundation will support hundreds of students with scholarships in 2017.”   

The dollars to fund this scholarship were made possible by the Mary O. Bradley estate. A collection of Bradley’s work, and the work of her colleagues, can be found at the Cumberland County Historical Society, located in Carlisle. Bradley is survived by her husband, Jim Bradley.