HARTFORD, CT, September 26, 2012 – Matthew Mainuli, a senior editor for The Trinity Tripod, station manager for WRTC, Trinity’s radio station, and an English and French double major at Trinity, was selected to represent Trinity as this year’s Jim Murray Scholarship winner.
Mainuli was selected as one of five college students nationally to win a $5,000 Jim Murray Scholarship for his essay entitled “The Trade,” a comedic essay about his uncle Joe’s love/hate relationship and witty outlook on sports, and specifically with the New York Yankees.
“[Uncle Joe’s] personality and approach to sports is refreshing,” Mainuli said about his uncle. “He’s funny – not a crazy fanatic. He’ll joke if his team is not doing well, but he still loves it. He’s got a great perspective .”
Murray graduated from Trinity in 1943 and was named “America’s Best Sportswriter” 14 times by the National Association of Sportscasters & Sportswriters. Murray, a longtime sportswriter for The Los Angeles Times, died in August 1998. Along the way, he won a Pulitzer Prize, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, he wrote for Time magazine, founded and wrote for Sports Illustrated, and authored four books. To date, students at colleges and universities across the country have collectively received approximately $400,000 in financial aid as a result of the competition held in the sportswriter’s honor.
“I did not know much about Jim Murray, but I knew who he was because his photo hangs in The Tripod office,” Mainuli said. “My dad and my uncle were more excited about it than I was at first, but I made sure to get familiar with his work.”
Mainuli, who is from Glastonbury, Conn., played sports growing up, including baseball, track & field, and cross country. At Trinity, he is a member of The Fred, involved at The Mill, sings with the Chapel Singers, was the Editor in Chief for The Tripod last year and a senior editor this year. Mainuli says he does not intend on pursuing a career in journalism, but plans to study political science and foreign relations at graduate school next year. As for his writing skills, the well-rounded Mainuli credits his development at Trinity, specifically with language professors, where he was pushed to “really learn the bare bones of writing.”
“I have nothing but the best to say about my English professors here, who have been approachable and helpful since my freshman year, and really forced me to think about how I approach my writing,” he said. “My French professors have been great too. Writing in a foreign language has made me identify the tools we use to write.”