Three Students Awarded Journalism Scholarships from EPA

The Evangelical Press Association believes that Christian students should be prepared to be outstanding journalists and communications professionals, equipped with a biblically-based philosophy of journalism and the skills, knowledge and experience they will need to effectively communicate a Christ-centered worldview to their audience. To that end, EPA sponsors an annual scholarship contest to find outstanding students preparing for a career in journalism.


Watch: Best-selling author Jerry Jenkins’ announces the 2020 scholarship winners


For 2020, the top award goes to Lily Journey, a student at Biola University. Journey will receive the $2,000 Jerry Jenkins Scholarship to continue her studies at Biola where she will be a junior this fall.

“God has given me a vision for storytelling,” wrote Journey in her application. “Specifically, I dream to one day work for a nonprofit, traveling internationally to partner with missionaries in order to share their stories with the public through feature articles and web content.”

Journey, with journalism as her major, has put her passion into action writing for Biola’s campus publications, The Chimes newspaper and The Point magazine.

“She is an excellent journalist, bringing together interviewing and storytelling with visual and multimedia skill sets,” said Associate Professor Tamara Welter, who chairs the Department of Media, Journalism and PR at Biola.

The Douglas J. Trouten Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 is being awarded to Maggie Noble from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, the university where former EPA Executive Director Doug Trouten taught journalism.

A homeschooled high school senior, Noble has already garnered enough credits in UNWSP’s Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) that she will be a junior when she enters college this fall. She serves on staff of the campus newspaper, The Northwestern Examiner, as a writer and section editor.

Noble was published in SHINE brightly Magazine at the age of fifteen and won one of the three Emerging Writer Scholarships at the Northwestern Christian Writers Conference in 2018. She follows in the footsteps of her dad, Scott Noble, who won several EPA awards during his tenure as editor of EPA member publications.

“In many ways she rarely thinks like a ‘student’ but as a professional pursuing her craft,” said Mark Seignious, communications chair at UNWSP. “She is creative, deeply conscientious, professional and hard working.”

A scholarship in the amount of $1,250 is being awarded to John Brown University student Catherine Nolte.

Nolte, a junior communications major, is the managing editor of The Threefold Advocate, JBU’s student newspaper. During her sophomore year she started a new section focused on faith and religion. It is a space for “interdenominational and interfaith conversations on difficult issues, a pluralistic and open space for students to sort out their faith outside of the influences of background, family and classroom experiences.”

“Catherine has already demonstrated a strong aptitude for journalism, particularly Christian journalism,” said Debbie Miller, assistant professor of communication. “She thinks deeply about the issues of the day, and she consistently connects all topics to her faith and convictions.”

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Posted April 20, 2020