Julia Lowndes, The MDDC Press Association Scholarship
Julia Lowndes, a rising junior from Lewes, Del., enjoys writing creatively, including essays and poetry. The English major with minors in French and Journalism said she hoped to give voice to people who need it.
But, of course, she already has. Lowdes won the Thomas W. Molyneux Creative Nonfiction Award for her essay, “The Silent Matriarch,” published in the 2017-2018 edition of Caesura, UD's student literary magazine.
Her essay tells the story of her Polish grandmother, her "babcia," who was displaced as a child by WWII:
"When she was a young girl, her family was transported to
Siberia by Russian troops during WWII. From there, she was
shuffled between Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Egypt. At her kitchen
table in Upstate New York, Babcia told us these stories of
deportation and broken families in the way someone would read
from a dictionary: unquestionably."
She closed her essay, in part, with these words: "I see my babcia in birds. I’m reminded of the birds that once
visited at the sunny window by her kitchen table. In life, they were
opposites. Babcia had never truly been free; guilt and strife weighed
her down for 80 years. It left her body burdensome and her bones
grieving. But, she found joy in the beauty of the sparrows and the
finches and their feathered independence."
Journalism, Lowndes said, "uses facts and information as methods of empowerment. Knowing the truth is powerful, and that's the beauty of this field. Good journalists form trust with their audience, and this strengthens the reader and the community."
The MDDC scholarship honors high-achieving Journalism students, with preference given to students from Delaware.