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 journalism, digital media arts and strategic communication at St. Thomas.
Heidi Sanchez Avila, 2019 ThreeSixty Scholar
“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 participated in College Essay Boot Camp, Rookie Journalist Camp and News Reporter Academy; ThreeSixty’s school-year News Team; as well as radio and TV summer camps. She also participated in the American Asian Journalists Association’s 2018 JCamp, a prestigious program for top high school students nationwide.
“Heidi emerged as a leader in the program with so many younger students looking up to her. She is a brave storyteller whose college essay, ‘A Rainbow of Identities,’ continues to inspire,” ThreeSixty Program Manager Theresa Malloy said. “She is a confident storyteller with a mission.”
Zekriah Chaudhry, 2018 ThreeSixty Scholar
Chaudhry, a 2018 graduate of Minneapolis South High School, joined ThreeSixty in summer 2014 and participated in ThreeSixty throughout high school.
During that time, he successfully completed numerous print journalism camps with ThreeSixty, as well as TV and radio broadcast camps.
“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 the opportunities that come with it.”
As part of his ThreeSixty experience, Chaudhry reported on activities surrounding Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, covered a Minnesota Timberwolves game as part of a partnership with the team and Star Tribune, and wrote a profile on St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences Dean Dr. Yohuru Williams. He also took home a Minnesota Newspaper Association “Better Newspaper Contest” second-place honor in the business category, for his story on media companies embracing virtual reality as a storytelling tool.
“I want to be a professional journalist,” Chaudhry said. “I hope to have nationally recognized work and a reputation as an honest and trustworthy journalist.”
Samantha HoangLong, 2017 ThreeSixty Scholar
HoangLong joined ThreeSixty in summer 2016 and completed the program’s College Essay Boot Camp, Rookie Journalist Camp, and News Reporter Academy. She quickly 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.”
One of HoangLong’s first pieces with ThreeSixty, “Adding their own flavor: Harding trio gets once-in-a-lifetime chance to display culinary chops in D.C.,” was featured in the September 3, 2016 edition of the Pioneer Press.
“Samantha stood out early on,” said Miles Trump, former ThreeSixty program manager.
HoangLong also participated in a special ThreeSixty partnership project with Minnesota Public Radio at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair and on ThreeSixty’s 2016–17 school-year News Team. She was a National Honor Society member at Burnsville from 2015–17 and active in diversity initiatives.
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. “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
Wong’s journey with ThreeSixty began with a 2013 Introduction to Journalism summer camp at St. Thomas. She then participated in the 2014 Intermediate Camp and school year student News Team, where she rose to senior reporter. Wong won two College Better Newspaper Minnesota Newspaper Association awards with ThreeSixty.
Wong is a graduate of Eastview High School and was one of 42 high school students chosen to attend the 2015 Asian American Journalist Association’s J-Camp. She was also one of two students chosen to speak at the J-Camp All-Star Reception at WCCO-TV.
“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.”
At St. Thomas, Wong hopes to continue her passion for telling stories by studying to become a multilingual international journalist. She is grateful for the opportunity to represent ThreeSixty in the Class of 2020 and is excited for the journey ahead.
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.”