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Scholarship equips student for journalism career

September 20, 2012

Scholarship equips student for journalism career
Aaron Rathbone: “Through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation, I was able to continue my education, confirming that journalism was the perfect fit for my curiosity.”

After graduating with a degree in history and classical studies, Aaron Rathbone, MA’12, was, by his own admission, lost. “I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I took some time off to plant trees in Alberta and travel for a bit,” he says.

During this time, he realized he wanted to work where he would be challenged and constantly learning. “I realized that journalism is a field that would satisfy my worldly curiosity,” says Aaron, who then enrolled in the Master of Arts in Journalism at Western.

As part of coming to Western, Aaron received the endowed Reader’s Digest Foundation Journalism Entrance Scholarship, which is awarded to a full-time graduate student entering the journalism program, based on academic achievement and outstanding potential.

“The scholarship allowed me to pursue my studies with confidence,” says Aaron, who now works at CHCH TV in Hamilton, Ont. “Through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation, I was able to continue my education, confirming that journalism was the perfect fit for my curiosity.”


This article appeared in the 2012 edition of Endowment Report
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