Manhattan College’s Quadrangle Scholarship Helping to Train Future Journalists

Manhattan College continues to prepare future journalists and communications professionals to go after their dreams by awarding annual scholarships for students to work on the College newspaper.

With many communication and journalism jobs moving to cyberspace, Manhattan College is continuing to prepare future journalists and communications professionals to go after their dreams by awarding annual scholarships for students to work on the College newspaper, which also publishes an online edition each week. Starting in 2002, Manhattan College launched the Quadrangle scholarship, and annually awards $5,000 to 20 students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) to write, edit and manage the campus newspaper, the Quadrangle.

Five new Manhattan College freshmen are selected to receive the Quadrangle scholarship each year after submitting a portfolio and attending an interview. The students’ work is evaluated at the end of the academic semester, and in addition to reporting and writing a certain number of articles and attending weekly newspaper meetings, all recipients must participate in a series of three one-credit courses during their first two years at the College. The courses focus on improving students’ journalism, communication and multimedia skills, and helping them find their voice in writing. The students are also required to eventually serve as members of the Quadrangle editorial board.

Former editor of the Quadrangle, Meg Driscoll ’10, a resident of Hoboken, N.J., and a double major in communication and Spanish, received the scholarship as a freshman, and spent four years learning and trying to find her own voice. Driscoll credits her overall organizational, leadership and management skills to her Quadrangle experience.

“I look back on my four-year commitment to the paper with a lot of pride,” said Driscoll. “The scholarship classes and the requirements for writing stories helped me hone writing skills. And in particular, working for the Quadrangle helped me to realize that you can take something and make it your own - whatever it is.”

These days, Driscoll is using the skills she learned as a Quadrangle scholarship recipient to work as an assistant to the executive producers for The Colbert Report.

For more information about the Quadrangle scholarship, contact Thom Gencarelli, Ph.D., associate professor of communication and chair of the communication department, at (718) 862-7490.