ThreeSixty senior Mariam Jabri, a student at Eden Prairie High School, was recently awarded the Dow Jones News Fund Scholarship.
Jabri won the scholarship along with three other students around the USA. The scholarship grants each student $1,500 to finance their college education.
Last summer, Jabri attended ThreeSixty’s News Reporter Academy at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, where she wrote an essay that would eventually earn her the scholarship. The essay, “Opening Doors to Truth, Justice, Healing”, is an eye-opening account of the federal Indian boarding schools that were in operation up until 1969 (21 of these schools were in Minnesota). The nationally funded boarding schools were responsible for separating Indigenous families and eradicating their culture. Jabri then writes about The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and their mission, along with the Department of Interior, to reveal the truth regarding those dark decades and their goal to find a way forward and heal collectively.
The Dow Jones News Fund also provides money to ThreeSixty for one of its summer camps, News Reporter Academy, which is held in partnership this year with MinnPost and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Jabri was nominated by Program Manager Theresa Malloy Lemickson.
“She is a compassionate leader who wants to make the world better one story at a time,” said Malloy Lemickson.
This is the third year ThreeSixty students have won this award with Faaya Adem winning in 2022 and Ayo Olagbaju in 2020.
Adem is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Olabaju is majoring in journalism at Howard University.
ThreeSixty is accepting applications for this summer’s News Reporter Academy, which will be held at the University of St. Thomas campus in Saint Paul from June 20-23.
The application deadline is April 14.