Award helps LTCC student pursue journalism career |

Award helps LTCC student pursue journalism career

Provided to the Tribune

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Christina Proctor, Lake Tahoe Community College public information officer, left, and Guy Lease, LTCC president, right, present James May with a $1,000 check for winning a statewide scholarship contest for students interested in pursuing journalism.

When James May finished high school, he wasn’t thinking about college. He left his home state of New York and moved west. After helping a friend open a restaurant in Big Sur, he moved on to work as a ski patroller at Kirkwood Mountain Resort, but something was missing.

“I felt I could be doing more,” May said.

He started taking summer classes at Lake Tahoe Community College, gradually turning into a full-time student. Now 24, May is transferring this fall as a junior to the University of California, Berkeley. His goal is to be a journalist.

May became a published writer when the Tahoe Daily Tribune published a column he wrote on the push to save the college cafe. The piece appeared in April on the Tribune’s education page. For his work, May received the 2005 Community College Public Relations Organization $1,000 writing scholarship.

May is planning on working for the Daily Californian, Berkeley’s campus newspaper, while getting his degree.

Since 1999, six community college students have received the scholarship that is cosponsored by the Foundation for California Community Colleges. The scholarship is designed to encourage community college students to pursue careers in the journalism field by getting their articles published in local papers.

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“I’ve always kept journals and I love to write,” May said. “A friend of the family, who is a published author and former journalist, recommended I look into journalism. After that I started considering it more heavily.”