Junegillam’s Blog

June 17, 2009

Jimmy Graben wins Jerry Gillam Scholarship

Filed under: Uncategorized — junegillam @ 9:43 pm

Jimmy Graben, a student at Fresno State University and Sports Editor of the Collegian Student Paper, won the first $2,500 Jerry Gillam Scholarship. In his speech, Graben noted that based on what he’d learned so far about Gillam, they would likely have gotten along well and that he hopes to live up the the Gillam legacy in his future career in journalism.

Here are some photos taken at the Sacramento Press Club lunch, held at the Sterling Hotel’s Chanterelle Banquet Room.

List of 2009 Scholarships

List of 2009 Scholarships

Jimmy, 2nd from left, amidst other winners

Jimmy, 2nd from left, amidst other winners

Jimmy's dad, Jimmy, his mom, and moi, June Gillam

Jimmy's dad, Jimmy, his mom, and moi, June Gillam



  1. Wow – that is wonderful!!! Congratulations to Jimmy!
    And he is so tall – just like Pa! 🙂

    Comment by Karen Freeman — June 17, 2009 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, tall, cute and a sports writer! They would get along well 8:)

    Comment by junegillam — June 17, 2009 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  3. Thank you June for setting up this blog and passing on the great news about Jimmy. I’m very grateful to the Sacramento Press Club for making this scholarship possible. It’s a very touching tribute to a very special man who believed in educating your mind and keeping your heart open.

    Comment by Karen Pettit — June 18, 2009 @ 4:59 am | Reply

    • It’s fulfilling to provide a way for people to continue to remember your dad, Karen, and the vital impact he had on so many of us. You phrased well his belief in–“educating your mind and keeping your heart open.”

      Comment by junegillam — June 18, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  4. We were all very touched by the love and admiration for Jerry that filled the room. It was an honor and a surprise to be able to meet June and to receive all the information about this man for whom the scholarship was named. We have read it all, and now we feel like we have met Jerry, the legend and the man. With his passing being so recent, we do want to take time to express our condolences to you and our encouragement in the hope that you and we have through our common faith. Thank you so much for the literature, for taking time to meet us, and for the opportunity at the scholarship.

    Comment by Kris Graben — June 18, 2009 @ 12:37 pm | Reply

    • It was a privilege to meet your family, Kris. Thank you for your kind words here, and please know we wish Jimmy all the best as he moves through his studies. Any updates on how he’s doing are welcome here.

      Comment by junegillam — June 18, 2009 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

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