Meet Our 2020 Winners

Between 2020 and 2030, Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications will give awards annually to students in the school who best exemplify Rick Starr’s approach to sports journalism. We are delighted that the college has named two 2020 award winners: Shane Connelly and Hannah Mears. You can read more about them here.

About Rick

Rick left this world far too soon, but his impact lives on.

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About the Award

Our award recognizes sports journalism students at Penn State who write, like Rick, about the human impact of sports.

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To donate online to the Rick Starr Award fund, visit this link, which also provides a form to download if you prefer to mail a check.

Rick’s Work

Rick’s work for the Daily Collegian and the Valley News Dispatch included many articles that explored the human side of sports.

Read some of the best here.


The Sports Journalism Department at Penn State identifies students who may be candidates for this award. Students who believe they might be eligible should contact Janet Klinefelter at

Your Memories

If you were a friend, family member, coworker or acquaintance of Rick’s, share your favorite memories and check out our photo gallery.

Our Memories and Yours