Scholarship Winners

Clara Tollefson
Born and raised in Bellevue, Washington, I did not travel far to find the school that fit my needs for a challenging university-level education and a well-rounded and rewarding college experience. I found my interest in Communication Studies as a freshman when I took my first course in the subject. My initial liking was validated further with each new Communication course I enrolled in, and I subsequently chose to pursue a degree in the discipline.

Outside of my major, I have interests in various fields including Psychology, Studio Art, and Business. The wonderful thing about being at a liberal arts school is that I have been able to dabble in all of these fields, and ultimately chose to minor in Business. Additionally, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to expand my education further by studying abroad. I spent the Spring 2013 semester in London and had an amazing experience immersing myself in a different culture, traveling all over Europe, and meeting new people.

On campus I am active in Greek Life as a member of Pi Beta Phi and have participated in the Repertory Dance Group for almost every semester since freshman year. I also spent first semester last year as a Comm. Studies course assistant and am currently a member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society for Communication students. Furthermore, I have recently taken on the role as Social Media Officer for a new club making its way on campus called To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA).

Finally, after completing a special events internship with a non-profit organization this past summer, I believe I will continue down a similar path after graduation.


Katie Breece
Katie is a Communication Studies major with a minor in English. She is originally from the Bay Area, but found a new home at Puget Sound. In addition to her studies Katie is an active member of the Puget Sound community. She has worked for the Puget Sound Trail as a Copy Editor and Business Manager, is a member of the Student Alumni Association, and has served as a Resident Community Coordinator. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma (a national honor society for first year college students).  Katie is currently the Chief Marketing Officer of her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta and is enjoying putting her Communication studies to use in the position.

Katie has participated in two summer jobs related to her interests in Communication Studies. She served as a marketing intern at a Bay Area publishing company and is currently working for Conference Services at the University of Puget Sound.

Next year Katie will continue to work towards her degree in Communication Studies. She will also study abroad in London for the Spring semester where she hopes to complete a Communication Studies related internship. After graduation Katie hopes to pursue a career in corporate event planning or public relationships.

Katie is grateful to the Communication Studies department for awarding her this scholarship which will enable her to continue to make academics her first priority. She is looking forward to taking three courses in the Communication Studies Department next semester and continuing to expand her knowledge in the field.


Tessa Brott
Tessa, who will be a junior in the fall, is from Santa Rosa, California, just an hour North of San Francisco. After taking a media studies course last fall, Tessa found her passion for communications, and is majoring in it with minors in math and Science, Technology, and Society. Outside of the classroom, Tessa is an Orientation leader, and is involved in Greek Life, the Repertory Dance Group and LEAD (a newly created leadership development program). She has also dabbled in other activities (such as choir and the crew team) and plans on continuing to try out more of the wonderful programs and activities Puget Sound has to offer. Next semester, Tessa will be a course assistant for the media studies course she took in the fall. 


Caitlin Doxie
I am a second-generation Logger from Issaquah, Washington. As I look forward to my senior year, I cannot help but feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to study here at Puget Sound. The liberal arts education has allowed me to major in and study my two passions, Communication Studies and History. The Communication Studies Department has allowed me to better develop my critical thinking and writing skills, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the classes I have taken.

In addition to my studies at Puget Sound, I am a member of Repertory Dance Group, Kappa Alpha Theta, the Puget Sound Trail, the Campus Visit Program, and the Phi Eta Sigma, Order of Omega, and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies.

This summer I look forward to working with the Seattle Mariners as a Baseball Information Intern, and I hope to work in the field of public relations after graduation.