About Past Scholars
2019-2020 Scholar
Jack Stutz

Jack is a senior English major with a track in Creative Writing and is expected to graduate in the spring. He has been reading from a very young age, but it wasn’t until an assignment in high school that he discovered his passion for writing stories. Beyond his will to write, Jack has always wanted to help others in whatever small ways he can. He’s always willing to listen to others and just really be present when he’s needed. If you don’t catch him writing or talking to himself about a new story to write, you’ll usually find him talking to others and listening to their problems.


2018-2019 Scholar
Mackenzie Roche

Mackenzie is a senior journalism major, and plans to graduate this upcoming spring. She grew up outside of Boston and chose to attend the University of Maryland because of the school spirit and all the opportunities in Washington, D.C. SHe has always loved to tell stories, and is interested in eventually working as an investigative reporter to bring awareness to underreported issues in society. While she loves journalism, her real passion lies in creative writing, and it is her dream to publish a novel someday. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, and she has always tried to incorporate travel into her life in any way possible, whether it be through volunteer work or study abroad.


2017-2018 Scholar
Carolina Meurkens

Carolina Meurkens is a senior at the University of Maryland College Park studying German and Violin Performance. She is a member of the Jimenez-Porter’s Writers House and hopes to pursue a career in fiction writing. Carolina is also passionate about integrating the Arts and Activism, which lead to the foundation of the initiative An Indivisible Arts Collective. So far the collective has cohosted outreach events at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York and Right Proper Brewing Company in Washington, D.C. The concerts showcased visual art, spoken word, original music, and other modes of artistic expression, while raising money for local and international non- profits.


2016-2017 Scholar
Asma Shah

Asma is a sophomore Dean's List student at the University of Maryland studying Criminology & Criminal Justice and Computer Science. She is a research intern with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism as well as a content creator for the Odyssey Online. She enjoys expressing herself creatively through her writing and artwork, which she does in her spare time along with playing piano and watching Parks & Recreation.


2015-2016 Scholar
Alana Pedalino

Alana Pedalino is a junior journalism major at the University of Maryland. She manages a blog for MaDCap, a Washington, D.C.-based podcast; acts as the copy desk chief for The Diamondback, the university’s independent student newspaper; and contributes to The Aquarian Weekly, a N.J.-based alternative music weekly. She aspires to become an executive editor and/or have her own globetrotting television show like Anthony Bourdain. She loves art, fashion, cats, vinyl records, writing, poetry and editing.


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