The 2012 Joe and Steve Mercer Memorial Scholarship Speech Tournament, sponsored by Communication & Journalism Department, announced six scholarship winners recently. JoAnn Mercer endowed the scholarship, which is open to all University of New Mexico students, purposed with providing support to students interested in public speaking, in memory of her son and husband who were active in collegiate debate as students.

The 1st place scholarship worth $1,000 went to Brandon Pettit, who is majoring in communication. The 2nd place award, a $750 scholarship, went to biology/Spanish/communication major Desiree Quinones-Soria. The third place winner, Erin Bush, a Latin American/International studies major, received a $500 scholarship.

The remaining three finalists: Shaye Heyman, mass media; Jennie Noriega, psychology/African Studies; and Mario Quintana, secondary education, each received a $250 scholarship.