Danielle Wong Is 2016 ThreeSixty Scholar
ThreeSixty student Danielle Wong has been selected as the 2016 ThreeSixty Scholar. Wong will receive a full-tuition, four-year scholarship to study Communication and Journalism at St. Thomas starting in the 2016 fall semester.
Each year, high school seniors who are graduates of ThreeSixty programming compete for the ThreeSixty Scholar award – currently valued at more than $34,000 per year, or more than $130,000 over four years. Currently, there are four ThreeSixty scholars attending St. Thomas.
Wong’s journey with ThreeSixty began when she attended the 2013 Introduction to Journalism summer camp at St. Thomas. Since then, she participated in the 2014 Intermediate Camp and schoolyear student News Team where she currently serves as a senior reporter. Wong has won two College Better Newspaper MNA Awards with ThreeSixty: 1st Place in the Human Interest category and 2nd place in the Business category. She was one of 42 high school students chosen to attend the Asian American Journalist Association’s J-Camp in 2015 at the University of Minnesota. Wong was also one of two students chosen to speak at the J-Camp All-Star Reception at WCCO-TV.
Michael O'Donnell, chair of the St. Thomas Communication and Journalism Department, said the university has been richly rewarded by its ThreeSixty Journalism scholars. “ThreeSixty does a great job of setting up these students for success,” O'Donnell said. “Our past and current ThreeSixty scholars are among the best and brightest in our department, going on to become leaders in the classroom and in student media. We are delighted to welcome Danielle to St. Thomas and to our department.”
Wong’s love for storytelling is illustrated by her roots as an actor. She has performed at her school and theatre companies around the Twin Cities, including Stages Theatre Company and Mu Performing Arts. At the 2015 IVEY Awards for Minnesota theatre, Wong was the first-ever teen to present an award. Now, she combines her love of theatre and writing as Mu’s blogger.
“The idea of pursuing journalism sprouted from my love of reading and stories, and how stories provide ways to see the world through different lenses,” Wong said. “ThreeSixty inspired me to become a story writer who gives a voice to those who are rarely heard. 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.