Le Moyne College junior Amari Pollard was recently honored by the Syracuse Press Club with the 2016 Devesty-Williams Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship presented each year to a full-time undergraduate student studying print, broadcast or digital journalism at a college or university in the 21 county Syracuse Press Club service area.
In her personal scholarship, a key component of the scholarship applications, Pollard says her passion for writing and reading began when she was a little girl. "I am fascinated by the power words have to connect people and make the world feel a little bit smaller.”
A graduate of Baldwinsville’s C. W. Baker High School, Pollard is putting that power to good use. She is the co-editor-in-chief of The Dolphin,
and her byline has appeared in The Elite Daily, Inside Lacrosse Magazine, and Women of Upstate New York Magazine. She has also written for USA Today College, WAER Syracuse Public Media and Syracuse Woman Magazine. She is working toward a B.A. in communication and a minor in creative writing, is a midfielder for the women’s lacrosse team, a public relations representative for P.O.W.E.R., and a member of the honor society.
Pollard plans to use the scholarship money to help cover housing costs in New York City this summer, where she will participate in the American Society of Magazine Editors’ summer internship program.
A committee of journalism educators and professionals evaluate applicants on their academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, media samples, professional references and a personal philosophy statement.