Each year, high school seniors who are graduates of a ThreeSixty summer journalism camp compete for the ThreeSixty Scholarship: a full-tuition, four-year award to study Emerging Media at St. Thomas.
Josie Morss, 2020 ThreeSixty Scholar
Josie Morss is the 2020 ThreeSixty Scholar and an Emerging Media major at St. Thomas. She is a 2020 graduate of Lakeville North High School, where she was editor of the school’s newspaper. Morss participated in ThreeSixty’s TV Broadcast and Radio Broadcast camps, as well as ThreeSixty’s school-year News Team and Learning Labs. Her reporting subjects included USA gymnast Sunisa Lee, Ananya Dance Theater and Juxtaposition Arts.
“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.”
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.”
Kai Sanchez Avila, 2019 ThreeSixty Scholar
Kai Sanchez Avila is the 2019 ThreeSixty Scholar and an Emerging Media major at St. Thomas. During the 2019-20 school year at St. Thomas, Sanchez Avila hosted “Kai-POP,” a K-pop show, on KUST radio. She hopes to continue doing the show throughout her ongoing Emerging Media studies. Sanchez Avila also received the Mark and Mary Davis Horatio Alger Scholarship. In fall 2020, she interns with TommieMedia, an award-winning web-based news organization serving the St. Thomas community.
“Being the winner of this scholarship is a huge deal not only to me but to my family,” Sanchez Avila said. “It proves that doing what you love and being creative can be rewarding. It also means my family and I don’t have to worry about the what-if possibilities.”
Sanchez Avila, a 2019 graduate of Hiawatha Collegiate High School in Minneapolis, joined ThreeSixty in summer 2017. She also participated in the American Asian Journalists Association’s 2018 JCamp, a prestigious program for top high school students nationwide.
Zekriah Chaudhry, 2018 ThreeSixty Scholar
Zekriah Chaudhry is the 2018 ThreeSixty Scholar and an Emerging Media student at St. Thomas. As a sophomore at St. Thomas, Chaudhry spent the fall semester studying abroad in Rome and traveling in Europe. Upon his return, Chaudhry spent four months interning as a staff writer for Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, where he penned the weekly “Cool Offices” feature and other business related articles.
Chaudhry, a 2018 graduate of Minneapolis South High School, joined ThreeSixty in summer 2014 and participated in ThreeSixty throughout high school.
“Zekriah started with ThreeSixty the summer before his freshman year in high school,” said ThreeSixty executive director Chad Caruthers. “He’s grown into a curious, skilled and passionate young journalist. He earned this scholarship and its accompanying opportunities.”
“I want to be a professional journalist,” Chaudhry said upon being named the 2018 scholar. “I hope to have nationally recognized work and a reputation as an honest and trustworthy journalist.”
Samantha HoangLong, 2017 ThreeSixty Scholar
Samantha HoangLong is the 2017 ThreeSixty Scholar and an Emerging Media major at the University of St. Thomas. In fall 2019, HoangLong led TommieMedia, the university’s award-winning web-based news organization, and interned with Under-Told Stories Project. In January 2020, HoangLong was awarded first- and second-place honors in the Minnesota Newspaper Association College Better Newspaper Contest for her coverage on race at St. Thomas. Also in January 2020, she studied multicultural communication in Hawaii. For summer 2020, HoangLong interned with KMSP-TV Fox 9 as an Emma Bowen Foundation fellow. She is a 2017 graduate of Burnsville High School.
HoangLong joined ThreeSixty in summer 2016 and soon established herself as a committed student eager to learn and practice journalism.
“While attending ThreeSixty Journalism summer camps, I learned the basics of journalism,” HoangLong said. “It also reminded me of the need for more multicultural journalists.”
HoangLong views the scholarship as an opportunity to pursue a career she is passionate about.
“At St. Thomas, I will be able to learn, grow and explore,” she said upon learning of the award. “The scholarship is more than just a financial benefit. It puts me on a pathway that is the start of an exciting life journey,” HoangLong said. “I couldn’t be more thankful for ThreeSixty Journalism.”
Danielle Wong, 2016 ThreeSixty Scholar
Danielle Wong graduated from St. Thomas in May 2020 with a major in Communication and Journalism and a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. During her time at St. Thomas, she interned at MPR News, studied abroad in Taiwan, wrote for MPR’s Call to Mind, and advocated for many equity and justice initiatives. In summer 2020, Wong was awarded the Taiwan Ministry of Education’s international language scholarship to study Chinese in Taipei for six months.
Wong’s journey with ThreeSixty began with a summer 2013 journalism camp at St. Thomas. She won two College Better Newspaper Minnesota Newspaper Association awards with ThreeSixty.
“ThreeSixty inspired me to become a story writer who gives a voice to those who are rarely heard,” Wong said. “The program provided a safe place to hone my skills and find my voice, so I can make an impact in my community and beyond.”
Amira Warren-Yearby, 2015 ThreeSixty Scholar
Warren-Yearby is a graduate of St. Louis Park High School. She participated in ThreeSixty’s 2013 Journalism Summer Camp and is a member of the 2014-15 ThreeSixty Student Executive Board. During her tenure at ThreeSixty, Warren-Yearby has reported on topics such as race, religion, and technology. She was also one of 42 teenagers selected to attend the Asian American Journalist Association’s J-Camp in 2014, in Boston.
As a young journalist, she has developed an interest in poverty and homelessness in the United States, the achievement gap, and the lack of African-American studies in schools. “Being chosen to be a ThreeSixty Scholar means more than going to college with minimal debt, but fulfilling the goal I set for myself growing up, which is going to college,” Warren-Yearby said. “I will be attending my top choice of schools and have a shot at a brighter future.”
Deborah Honore, 2014 ThreeSixty Scholar
Honore is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Bloomington. She participated in ThreeSixty’s 2013 Journalism Summer Camp and continued in the program as a senior reporter for the ThreeSixty News Team. She is currently a student worker for ThreeSixty and the UST’s videography department.
“For me, the ThreeSixty Journalism Scholarship means a lot of things for me. It means financial security. It means I will always have support in Communication and Journalism. Most importantly, with this scholarship I can pursue what I love.”
Simeon Lancaster, 2013 ThreeSixty Scholar
Lancaster is a graduate of the ThreeSixty News Team. Currently, he works with ThreeSixty on special projects and serves as the university affairs editor at TommieMedia. Lancaster also is an intern reporter at Round Earth Media and plans on studying journalism abroad in fall 2015.
“To me, the ThreeSixty Journalism scholarship is more than the path to a debt-free future,” Lancaster said. “The scholarship has placed me in a school that is able to provide me the opportunities to network and learn in and out of the classroom.”
Grace Pastoor, 2012 ThreeSixty Scholar
Pastoor is a graduate of St. Louis Park High School. She participated in two ThreeSixty Journalism Summer Camps and in 2011 attended the Asian American Journalists Association’s prestigious JCamp. While studying journalism at UST, she writes and edits stories as a student executive of TommieMedia and continues to serve as an active volunteer and mentor at ThreeSixty
“The ThreeSixty Journalism scholarship has given me an opportunity to become involved in student media, which has in turn prepared me for internships and future jobs,” Pastoor said. “Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to learn the practical applications of journalism or receive the opportunities I have been given since starting college.”
Tyanna Dickerson, 2011 ThreeSixty Scholar
Dickerson is a graduate of South High School in Minneapolis. She has participated in Campus Outreach and has worked as a research technician at Hennepin County Medical Center’s Pediatrics Department. She would like to pursue a career in visual communications.
“ThreeSixty is more than a program that helps one with their skills in reporting and journalism. It is a program for people who have a passion for telling factual stories, stories that affect people every day. ThreeSixty is a program that equips you to be bold — bold enough to talk about the issues that society may not want you to talk about.”
Yung Jen Vang, 2010 ThreeSixty Scholar
Vang is a graduate of Central High School in St. Paul who attended ThreeSixty Journalism’s 2009 summer camp. As an aspiring writer, she has a passion for giving, sharing, raising awareness, and learning. Vang enjoys blogging as well as reading interesting literary works as often as possible.
“I am thankful for ThreeSixty because it is more than a program for building skills in journalism and writing—it is home and support for its aspiring writers. Most unique is the way that ThreeSixty builds relationships with high school students. ThreeSixty provides exemplary support, guidance, and help, and builds confidence, inspiration, individuality, and boldness. It truly allows participants to explore their dreams and opportunities without limitations.”