Info on the 2022 scholarship process will be available in late fall 2021.
Each year, the University of St. Thomas awards one full-tuition scholarship to an entering first-time, first-year student who completed a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp and intends to study a program in the Department of Emerging Media at St. Thomas.
France Aravena, 2021 ThreeSixty Scholar
France Aravena is the 2021 ThreeSixty Scholar. Aravena receives a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study journalism in the Department of Emerging Media at the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences, starting in fall 2021.
“It’s a big honor. I’ve always looked up to the other ThreeSixty scholars,” Aravena said. “Now I can be one of them as well.”
Aravena, a member of Wayzata High School’s 2021 class, joined ThreeSixty in the summer 2019 and has participated in News Reporter Academy, Radio Camp, Digital Media Arts Camp and ThreeSixty’s school year News Team.
For Aravena, the scholarship has a meaningful impact.
“It’s super amazing that I can continue exploring things and not have to worry so much about the huge financial burden of getting a secondary education,” Aravena said.
“France is incredibly deserving of this award. As a changemaker and leader unafraid to challenge the status quo, France undoubtedly has a bright future ahead,” said ThreeSixty Associate Director Theresa Malloy.
Aravena’s ThreeSixty portfolio includes a piece on USA Gymnast Sunisa Lee, a social media story about Main Street Project, an op-ed on the importance of wearing a face mask, a personal essay asking why teens can’t vote until they’re 18 years old, and more.
Josie Morss, 2020 ThreeSixty Scholar
Morss, who prefers the gender-neutral pronouns they/them/their, is a 2020 graduate of Lakeville North High School and served as editor of the school’s newspaper. They 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.
The ThreeSixty scholarship was a game changer for Morss.
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.”
“ThreeSixty gave me a sense of purpose,” Morss said. “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. In spring 2021, she began producing and hosting a podcast, “How WE View It,” which advocates for youth to voice their opinions regarding Minneapolis politics, current events and more. The podcast can be streamed on Spotify.
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.
“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.”
Zekriah Chaudhry, 2018 ThreeSixty Scholar
Zekriah Chaudhry is the 2018 ThreeSixty Scholar. He’s a journalism and political science double major at St. Thomas, and continues his engagement with ThreeSixty as a volunteer writing coach and editor. an Emerging Media student at St. Thomas.
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 a 2020 graduate of St. Thomas, earning a B.A. in Communication and Journalism, minoring in Sustainability and the Renaissance Program.
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.”
When she was awarded the ThreeSixty Scholarship in 2016, HoangLong shared what the opportunity meant to her.
“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.”
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. She is currently working in Washington, D.C. as the Multi-Media Strategic Communications Fellow for the national nonprofit Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. During her time at St. Thomas, Wong 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.”