ThreeSixty Journalism student Amira Warren-Yearby has been selected as the 2015 ThreeSixty Scholar. She receives a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas.
“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,” said Warren-Yearby, a senior at St. Louis Park High School. “I will be attending my top choice of schools and have a shot at a brighter future.”
Each year, high school seniors who are graduates of ThreeSixty programming compete for the ThreeSixty Scholar award. There are four current ThreeSixty scholars at St. Thomas. Warren-Yearby is currently one of ThreeSixty’s senior reporters – the program’s highest designation – and a member of the 2014-15 Student Executive Board. She is a graduate of ThreeSixty’s 2013 Journalism Summer Camp and was one of 42 teenagers selected to attend the Asian American Journalist Association’s J-Camp in 2014 in Boston. Warren-Yearby also produces videos for The Echo, the St. Louis Park High School newspaper, and is a St. Louis Parktacular ambassador.
“Amira embodies the spirit of ThreeSixty Journalism,” said ThreeSixty Executive Director Chad Caruthers. “She is committed and passionate, and she has all the tools to lead and succeed at St. Thomas and beyond.”
During her tenure at ThreeSixty, Warren-Yearby has reported on topics such as race, religion and technology. 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.
Warren-Yearby also has a passion for videography and plans to minor in Film Studies to complement her Communication & Journalism major. She hopes to one day have her own production company and “help completely reshape the outlook of ethnic people in the media,” she said. “I hope to impact the world in a positive way. I’m looking forward to making many more friends, connections and memories at St. Thomas, and getting the full college experience.”