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May 3, 2011

Bumped from Today Show, La Salle’s Queen Muse Still Had a Great Experience Receiving Scholarship from NY Women in Communications Foundation

Queen Muse

No, La Salle University student Queen Muse didn’t get to be on NBC’s “Today Show” with the other recipients of the Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship from the New York Women in Communications Foundation (NYWICF): apparently, the show was overbooked and the 18 women were left off. But Muse had a unique take on the experience:

“Although some of the girls were disappointed that we did not get our moment to shine on the Today Show, I encouraged them by telling them that not too long ago Tina Fey was standing in our shoes (she is a past NYWICF scholarship winner),” said Muse, a senior communication major at La Salle. “That being said, if we continue on the paths we're on, the next time we're on the Today Show it will be for an even bigger accomplishment. This cheered them up some.”

“And how could we complain with all of the other perks we received?” she asked. “A sleepover in a penthouse suite in the Waldorf Astoria (hotel), a $400 gift card to shop at the Limited clothing store, scholarship funds, paid internships, an excellent awards luncheon, which featured a surprise, up-close-and-personal performance by John Legend, and meeting countless leaders in the communication field, and celebrities like Rosie O'Donnell and Gwen Ifill,” she added. Muse will work this summer in New York City at Scholastic Press, publisher of the Harry Potter novels.

A few years ago, Muse had completed a semester at La Salle, but stopped for financial reasons. She found a job that paid well, but a week before Christmas, 2008, Muse learned the company where she worked was going out of business. She was also nine months pregnant.   After her daughter, Aniyah, was born, Muse decided to return to college, going part-time and educating herself about scholarships.

Her first was from La Salle's English Department, The Mary & Robert L. Dean Scholarship for students who hope to become writers. She then received a scholarship from the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, followed by one from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Triple Crown Scholarship.  She’s become so adept at scholarships, that she’s started an online business, to guide people through the scholarship process:

In the fall of 2010, Queen resumed full-time student status at La Salle, in which she wrote for the student newspaper, had an internship at the Philadelphia Daily News and an internship with the Pennsylvania Society of Newspapers Editors Online Reporter. She also writes regularly for WHYY, Philadelphia’s National Public Radio station, on its Newsworks hyperlocal Web site.

At the NYWICF Matrix Awards luncheon, Muse said, “I would love to be the queen of journalism, and I hope to do some fiction writing as well.”