ThreeSixty Journalism student Josie Morss is the 2020 ThreeSixty Scholar! Morss receives a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study Emerging Media at St. Thomas starting in the fall 2020 semester.
Each year, high school seniors who are graduates of a ThreeSixty summer journalism camp compete for the ThreeSixty Scholar award – valued at more than $160,000 over four years.
“This scholarship literally means everything to me. I’m given a rare chance to put a microscope over my greatest passion, to study at my dream school, without the stress of financials holding me back and weighing me down,” Morss said. “Being awarded this scholarship is essentially what my middle-school daydreams were made of, and now it’s real.”
Morss, a Lakeville North High School graduate and former editor of the school’s newspaper, joined ThreeSixty in summer 2019 for News Reporter Academy journalism camp. She went on to participate in the program’s TV Broadcast and Radio Broadcast camps, and continued to build her skills as a participant in ThreeSixty’s school-year News Team and Learning Labs. Morss’ ThreeSixty subjects included USA gymnast Sunisa Lee, Bap and Chicken owner John Gleason, Ananya Dance Theater and Juxtaposition Arts.
“In the beginning, ThreeSixty was just a camp. It was just something to do,” Morss said. “The second I stepped into the library’s classroom, that instantly changed. I knew this is where I needed to be.”
Danielle Wong, the 2016 ThreeSixty Scholar, was the classroom leader for the TV Broadcast Camp that Morss participated in.
“Josie was always one of the first to step up to the challenge. She fearlessly leads by example and takes every chance she gets to empower and celebrate her peers,” Wong said. “Josie is inquisitive, brave, unwavering and empathetic – all qualities that make for a great journalist.”
Morss is eager to participate in student media and explore campus clubs at St. Thomas. She’s also reflective about ThreeSixty’s impact on her.
“ThreeSixty gave me a sense of purpose,” Morss said. “ThreeSixty established a home away from home while building up my confidence as a writer as well as gaining confidence in me. ThreeSixty completely changed my life.”
Currently, there are four ThreeSixty scholars attending St. Thomas.