Monroe woman awarded New England journalism scholarship

Alison Cross

WOBURN, Mass. — Alison Cross of Monroe was among four students chosen to receive scholarships from the Journalism Education Foundation of New England, a division of the New England Newspaper & Press Association.

This year, $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to Cross; Caroline Enos of Gloucester, Mass.; Julia Preszler of Newtown, and Matthew Gouvin of Charlestown, R.I.

Cross will be a junior at the University of Connecticut this fall. She is double majoring in Journalism and Sociology with a minor in Human Rights.

“Winning this scholarship from the Journalism Education Foundation of New England is a blessing,” Cross said. “It allowed me to pursue an unpaid summer internship as a staff reporter for, my town’s local news publication.”

“I am recognizing first-hand the importance of local news in preserving town history, holding local officials accountable, and building a greater sense of community,” she added.

Cross plans to pursue a career in investigative journalism for a major print publication. “I am so thankful for the generosity of JEFNE and NENPA and their investment in the next generation of journalists,” she said.


The Journalism Education Foundation of New England encourages and supports high school seniors and college students in the six-state region who aspire to pursue a career in journalism.

The JEFNE scholarship is available to residents of New England. Applicants must be a college student or high school senior planning to attend college the following year to study journalism or a related field.

Member newspapers of the New England Newspaper & Press Association joined in sponsoring the competition for these scholarships by promoting the program in their newspapers.

For information about the JEFNE scholarship program, email Linda Conway at [email protected].

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