ThreeSixty Scholarship

Each year, high school seniors who are graduates of a ThreeSixty summer camp compete for the ThreeSixty Scholarship – a full-tuition, four-year award to study communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas.

2018 ThreeSixty Scholarship Information: (For complete details, please visit the St. Thomas ThreeSixty Scholarship page.)

The 2018 ThreeSixty Scholarship application cycle opens mid-October 2017 and closes March 8, 2018. Eligibility requirements for the 2018 ThreeSixty Scholarship include:

  • Completion of a ThreeSixty Journalism summer camp beyond a one-week summer College Essay Boot Camp
  • Applying and being accepted to attend St. Thomas as a first-time, first-year undergraduate in the fall of 2018
  • Demonstrating financial need based upon the results of the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act application

Scholarship interviews will be in late March 2018 and a decision announced in April. For additional important information, please visit the St. Thomas ThreeSixty Scholarship page.

Now, let's meet some of the ThreeSixty Scholars.

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, 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 is a graduate of Eastview High School. Her 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 school year student News Team where she rose to 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.

“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 in Communication and Journalism. Most importantly, 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.”