An NCAA committee has named Soren Frykholm ’16 one of two recipients of this year’s Jim McKay Scholarship, awarded to students pursuing sports communication careers.
The $10,000 scholarship for postgraduate study recognizes student-athletes’ outstanding academic achievement and their potential to make a major contribution to the sports communication industry. The scholarship was created in 2008 to honor the legacy of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay.
Frykholm, a member of the Colorado College men’s soccer team, graduated with distinction with a degree in Romance Languages and plans to pursue a master’s degree in journalism.
“The challenge facing the next generation of quality sports journalists is to be relevant without losing a sense of humility and compassion,” Frykholm says.
Associate Dean of the College Pedro de Araujo, who also is Colorado College’s faculty athletics representative, knows Frykholm is ready to help set the standards for future journalists.
“Colorado College does not offer a communications major, but we have a very strong journalists-in-residence program,” de Araujo says. “Students who desire to pursue a career in communications tend to combine their selected major with classes in this program. Soren went beyond this as he applied what he has learned in the classroom to the real world by choosing to spend time with less fortunate communities, helping develop educational programs that involve formal and informal education as well as sports.”
“In a mass media world that increasingly emphasizes instant gratification, ruthlessness and perhaps even a lack of regard for the truth, I’ve come to value the journalistic values embodied by Jim McKay,” Frykholm says.
During his three seasons as a member of the CC men’s soccer team, he helped lead the Tigers to a combined overall record of 45-10-6 (.787). At the same time, Frykholm took advantage of CC’s Block Plan and studied abroad extensively, which allowed him to expand his global commitment to community service.
Earlier this year, Frykholm also was named a recipient of the highly prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded to a select group of student-athletes who excel academically and athletically.