The Knudson Churchill Scholarship Trust
Applicants for the Knudson Churchill Scholarship are required to submit an essay that outlines their career aspirations in automotive technology or print journalism; how this scholarship would help them achieve their career goals; their specific plans for their educational program; and why they would be an ideal candidate as a Knudson-Churchill Scholar.
The winning essays are printed in The Sacred Octagon and will be posted here.Click on the tab to read each essay.
Callie Krosin - Print Journalism
News has always been a part of my life, regardless of my level of immersion. I grew up watching the morning news from the time I woke up until I had to leave for school. In the afternoons, when the local nightly news was on, I would place myself in front of the tv until I had to eat dinner. I soon began to read local publications in middle school, ranging from newspapers to magazines. Writing and reporting seemed interesting to me, but at that time I had a growing passion for graphic design. Journalism did not seem like the career path for me; at that point in my life, at least.
I signed up for the student newspaper on my first day of high school. I took the opportunity to write an article from the first instant it was presented to me. I continued to contribute to the paper throughout ninth grade writing at least one article per issue. The newspaper became one of my priorities. Writing and reporting was refreshing and exciting, and that is what lured me after my first real exposure to journalism. The spring of ninth grade provided me with a unique opportunity as one of the first female sports secretion editors. This new responsibility included editing, managing, and editorializing. I began to recognize the journalistic process with this new role, and this further supported my own interest in this career path. While I will always have a love for doing graphic design, the fall of sophomore year is where I became focused on journalism as a potential career. I decided to take an elective called Writing About Now with a woman named Susan. Throughout the semester I was constantly pushed by Susan to improve and broaden myself as a journalist. I worked on my first ever investigative piece after Sacha Pffiefer from the Boston Globe Spotlight team visited our school. Excited and motivated by my teacher Susan’s mentorship, Pffiefers visit, and my first ever investigative piece, I confidently concluded that a career in journalism was for me. So, after two years of consistent work as a section editor, I found myself ready for the next challenge and step towards a career in journalism: the editor-in-chief! I worked hard throughout the year to perfect my application for the position. I was thrilled when I received a call that I would be one of the next editors-in-chief of the paper. Hard work and long nights were ahead, but I knew they would all be worth it.
I began to search for the colleges with the best programs in Journalism. Coming from a relatively smaller high school in a small town, I knew I wanted to attend a medium sized university in a big city. Throughout the search, there were some schools that met some of these criteria, but did not check every box. Only one school actually felt like it met all of my requirements and hopes for a university: Emerson College in Boston, MA. I was able to meet the Chair of the Journalism Department who is the most energetic and enthusiastic woman I have ever met!
Emerson College was, and is, the school for me. The Journalism department at Emerson, and the surrounding extracurriculars will help me achieve my goal in becoming a print-journalist for a major news publication. As of now, I am at a crossroads with my specific focus. Sports, politics, and features are all of interest to me. I know Emerson College Journalism will help me define my specific path in print journalism. My specific plans for my education program include taking classes such as Law for Journalists, Ethics for Journalists, Cultural Criticism, Topics in Great Works of Journalism: Business Models of Journalism, and Sports Reporting, to name a few. I will join the student paper at Emerson, the Berkeley Beacon for an applicable journalism experience. I have grown so much as a writer and reporter on my High School newspaper, so I can only imagine the impending growth in college. With involvement in this extra-curricular activity, as well as other journalism-related programs around campus, I will be set to apply for internships with the many journalism publications in Boston. The big city will allow me to report on various sporting and political events, and interesting people. Since tenth grade, Journalism has been a vehicle for change, whether that is around the school or in the greater community. I want to have an impact on this world in some way, and I believe that will be through revolutionary journalism.
I have been working hard to save for Emerson College, but unfortunately my school’s tuition is very expensive. This scholarship would allow me to focus more on my career, and less on how I will repay loans. My education and career goals will be easier to obtain by removing the financial barriers of the cost of tuition. The reduced financial concerns from this scholarship will present more time for studying and extracurricular activities and internships, that might be a barrier with crazy work hours. Having the ability to engage in more extra-curricular activities and internships will increase my knowledge and allow me the opportunity to make myself a more attractive job-candidate.
I will be an ideal candidate for the Knudson Churchill Scholarship because I am hardworking and passionate. The support of this scholarship will enable me to take the full advantage of Emerson College’s journalism program and extracurriculars. My work in college will allow me a successful future. My hope is that I will bring more diversity to journalism newsrooms across the country. Each year, women comprise more than two-thirds of graduates with degrees in journalism or mass communications, and yet the media industry is just one-third women, a number that only decreases for women of color, reports show (add source). My goal is to work hard and immerse myself in journalism so that I can not only be in the two-thirds of women with degrees in journalism or mass communications, but rather help be part of the fraction of women actually in the newsroom. I am motivated to broaden this small fraction. My passion and desire for journalism makes me eager for a future where women no longer have to be “diversity” towards the newsroom.
I am ready to change the world through print journalism. I aspire to be the name in the byline on the front page of a major news publication. I believe my studies at Emerson College will take me to this front page. The Knudson Churchill Scholarship will be the catalyst for this.
Callie Krosin is from Baltimore, MD, and will be attending Emerson College in the fall to study journalism and play on the Women’s lacrosse team. She was the editor-in-chief of her award winning student newspaper, The Postscript, and is currently interning with The Athletic NBA. Krosin is an athlete, Crossfit trainer, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family in her free time. She is also involved in civic engagement and neighborhood revitalization in her community.