His wit and wisdom helped make him one of the most recognized men in the St. Louis area.
Now, the St. Louis Media History Foundation hopes to extend Joe Pollack’s legacy with a college scholarship named after him.
The Joe Pollack Scholarship honors a former newspaper reporter and insightful critic whose broad range of writing appeared in numerous local publications, and who was a regular commentator on St. Louis radio.
Pollack, an ardent union activist supporting media interests, also was a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He died in March at 81.
“He was the master of the well-turned phrase, whether he was writing about sports, restaurants, theater, among other aspects of the St. Louis community,” said Media History Foundation president Dave Garino. “Joe certainly took his craft seriously, but he also displayed an engaging sense of humor and enjoyed a good laugh.”
Garino explained that the scholarship will benefit students attending a college or university in Missouri. Pollack, a Brooklyn, N.Y., native, studied journalism at the University of Missouri.
The foundation, which maintains the St. Louis Media Halls of Fame, hopes to award the first scholarship early next year, Garino said.
All contributions to the scholarship fund are tax-deductible. Anyone who wishes to make a contribution should write a check with the words “Pollack Scholarship” on the check’s memo line and send it to:
St. Louis Media History Foundation
2011 Virginia Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63104-1524
The foundation will, in turn, send back a receipt for tax purposes.