Maya Cryor. Remember that name. Someday, you’ll be able to
say you first learned about her when she was a senior at IUP.
An aspiring on-camera journalist, Maya wants to make
productions that inspire and that highlight people and actions that are
“I want to bring awareness to issues and make positive
change,” said the Communications Media major from Exeter, Pa., who earned the
African American Alumni Scholarship. “Doing video production or becoming an
on-air personality appeals to me because I am able to use different forms of
media to spread a positive message. People use media to bash or present
negative images, but I want to change the way people think about the media.”
She is experimenting with that concept now, during her final
semester in a practicum experience, working closely with a professor to create
productions about people that she hopes will be aired on IUP-TV. “Some people
seem ordinary, but everyone has an extraordinary element,” she said.
Thankful for the opportunity she has had here at IUP and for
the scholarship she received, Maya said, “College students, especially, need
help with finances. Giving back—it’s something I’ll do, too.”
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