Scholarship Winners

Katie Breece

I'm originally from the Bay Area, but I found a new home when I came to Puget Sound. I will be a senior this year and have enjoyed my time in the Communication Studies Department thoroughly. I have also become actively involved in the campus community as a member of The Trail, Residence Life, the Student Alumni Association, and Kappa Alpha Theta.

This past spring I was lucky enough to study abroad in London where I took a course on film censorship in England to continue my communication studies. I also participated in an internship during my time abroad in the field of event planning. My internship allowed me to put the knowledge I have gained from studying communications to good use as I communicated with a range of clients.

This year I plan to continue my studies in communication as I take my senior seminar course. After graduation I plan to enter into event planning which will allow me to put my studies to good use.

I would like to thank the Communication Studies Department and the kind donor who made this scholarship possible. I truly appreciate it!

Nakisha Renée Jones

Nakisha Renée Jones is a double major in Business Leadership Program major with an emphasis in Finance and Communication Studies; as well as a double minor in Economics and African American Studies. After graduation, she intends to work in corporate finance before beginning her nonprofit organization that targets alleviating homelessness. Her major in Communication Studies is helping to prepare her for working closely with people in the creation of her nonprofit, and with the various other roles that she engages in both on and off campus.

She will be entering her third year at the university and serving in various places across campus. Nakisha Renée will be the RCC for the Entrepreneurship Floor, a writing advisor and also a student manager in the Diner.

Nakisha Renée also involves herself in several extracurricular groups apart from her workplaces. She is the President of Black Student Union, an officer for the Spoken Word and Poetry Club, and a member of UPS Christian Fellowship, Tacoma Entrepreneur Network, Leadership Development and Engagement Initiative, and the Social Justice Committee.

Nakisha Renée also engages in community service at her local church for the past two years where she helps distribute food to members of Pierce County. In her spare time, Nakisha Renée enjoys going for runs and performing spoken word poetry.

Carolyn Donaldson

Coming from Portland, Oregon, the transition to life at Puget Sound has been enjoyable. I cannot believe how quickly time has flown, but I am excited to begin my senior year.

Initially thinking I was going to be a science major, it was not until my sophomore year that I took a communication course. I was taken by surprise by how challenging and engaging Communication Studies was, and knew it was the major for me. As a Communication Studies major and a Studio Art minor, I feel privileged to be able to pursue my diverse interests in an academic setting. Although I am most passionate about interpersonal and organizational communications, I have found it meaningful to study critical theory and media studies as well. Studying communications has helped me develop critical thinking and effective writing skills.

I am currently a member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Student Union and Dorian Singers woman’s choir. I also enjoy taking part in Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society service projects and am excited about my new involvement with Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board and Lambda Pi Eta Honors Societies. I look forward to continuing my duties as a Communication Studies Course Assistant and being an active member in the department.  

Dayna Ko

Dayna Ko is a Communication Studies and Spanish double major from the Class of 2015. She is a Washingtonian, having grown up in Bellevue, WA and not travelling too far to continue her studies in Tacoma at UPS. Dayna was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study abroad in Valparaíso, Chile this past Spring where she got the chance to learn and observe new perspectives within the communications field. In addition to her studies, Dayna is an active member in the Puget Sound community. She enjoys being a barista at Diversions Cafe and has found leadership opportunities as the Vice President of Event Planning for Pi Beta Phi women's fraternity and as the Co-Fundraising Chair for the Repertory Dance Group last year. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Order of Omega honor societies.

Dayna is looking forward to focusing on her academics during her last year at Puget Sound. Next semester she will be a course assistant for the Communications Department, and hopes to pursue a career in the public relations field.

Marissa Croft

Marissa Croft hails from Corvallis, Oregon and is double majoring in Communication Studies and French. Marissa, who will be a junior this fall, is the Editor-in-Chief of Puget Sound’s own yearbook, Tamanawas, which recently published its 90th volume. She is also a member of Phi Eta Sigma (a national honor society for first year college students) and the Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Program. She was also recently honored by the Foreign Language Department with the award for the Outstanding Third Year Student in French.

 In addition to working as a design intern for a local Tacoma marketing business, Marissa has worked as a design associate for MOM Magazine and Beavs Illustrated, two print-publications in Oregon. In her spare time Marissa enjoys knitting, water coloring, and enriching her vinyl LP collection.

In 2015, Marissa will be studying abroad at the Université de Bourgogne in Dijon France and working on a research project that blends both French culture and communication theory.

Abi Velasco

I am a Communications major with a double minor in Sociology & Anthropology and Business. The Communications department at UPS has provided me with the necessary skills that will enable me to pursue a career with NGOs concerning homelessness and poverty.  During the spring semester of 2014, I studied abroad in London.  The classes and internship I took whilst studying abroad helped me realize my passion for creating social change through communication.  This department has been key in challenging me intellectually and, consequently, making me a better student and individual.  I am extremely grateful for this scholarship from the Communications department.  I look forward to being back for my last year and continuing my work with the inspiring faculty and staff. 

Ann Marie Do

I am a Communications Studies major with a double minor in Sociology & Anthropology and Gender Studies. I am interested in using the skills I have developed and will continue to develop as a Communications major to pursue a career with NGOs concerned with human trafficking.  I have spent the last semester in Copenhagen, Denmark involved in classes and workshops about human trafficking and the sex trade which have enabled me to recognize my passion for NGO work and my potential for inciting change. 

The Communications department at UPS has been an environment that has helped me flourish and grow, not just as a student but also as an individual.  I am grateful for this opportunity and the dedication with which the department supports their students.  I look forward to my senior year and continuing to work alongside the Communications department.

Brenna Fisher

I am from Renton, Washington and will be a junior next fall. After visiting University of Puget Sound, I instantly knew this was the school for me. Since then I have decided to major in Communication Studies and Minor in English. After taking my first communications class freshman year, I have enrolled in many different communications classes and have explored numerous aspect of the field ranging from interpersonal communication to film culture. I have also enjoyed participating in other activities that Puget Sound has to offer (such as choir) and plan on trying many more. I am grateful to the Department of Communication Studies for awarding me with this scholarship and I am excited to continue working hard and excelling in my education.