Al Young Sports Journalism scholarship

The Al Young Sports Journalism scholarship is available on annual basis. This funding program is intended to Asian American/Pacific Islander students interested in sports reporting or other sports media-related professions. The winner may receive up to $2, 000.The deadline is updated every year.

Scholarship Description
The mission of the AAJA Sports Task Force is to elevate the voice of Asian Americans in sports and encourage future Asian American sports journalists across multiple media platforms through mentorship and scholarship opportunities.

Sports are increasingly becoming part of everyday lives. Beyond the entertainment value, sports issues have – at times – led newscasts and made headlines across traditional news outlets. What has been lacking is the perspective of Asian American voices in sports media. The AAJA Sports Task Force scholarship is one way to turn the tide. The scholarship is designed to specifically help Asian American/Pacific Islander students interested in sports reporting or other sports media-related professions. 

Award Value
The winner will be awarded up to $2, 000.

Level and Area of Studies
College or university level in journalism discipline.

Place of study
At any college or university in the United States.

Eligibility and Requirement

  • AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients. For membership, please apply online at www.aaja.org.
  • Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing sports journalism as a career. Selected scholarship recipients must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.
  • Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester at a junior college or university located in the United States. Applicants must also be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career.
  • Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, and commitment to the field of sports journalism.

Application Instruction

  • Resume
  • In Cover letter (explain journalism experience – if any – academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement and financial need. 500-800 words)
  • Essay (1,000-2000 words)
  • References (names and contact information)
  • GPA requirement: Minimum 3.0

Submission Deadline
Updated every year.

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