2014 Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship

AAJA will award up to $2,000 to a currently enrolled college student or graduating high school senior who is pursuing journalism as a career.

Eligibility and Rules:
1. Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission.
2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursing journalism as a career, and a commitment to community involvement.
3. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student enrolled full time with at least 12 credit units each semester for the fall of 2014 and spring of 2015. Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursing journalism as a career.

Selection Criteria:
Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American/Pacific Islander issues. AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients. For membership, please apply online at www.aaja.org.

Applications must be submitted no later than May 9, 2014.

Please email Justin Seiter at justins@aaja.org with any questions.


Dorothy Ing Russell in 2010

Dorothy Ing Russell in 2010

Dorothy Ing Russell was an international correspondent and worked for more than two decades at The Washington Post as a desk editor on some of the biggest stories of the time. In 1990 she wrote a courageous opinion piece about the far-reaching implications of the racism and sexism spewed by Jimmy Breslin in the Post. Russell was also a tireless supporter of AAJA, and co-founded the Washington, D.C. chapter.

She was noted for her rise from a 1951 graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, to acting Indonesia bureau chief for United Press International in 1956, to becoming only the second woman stringer for The New York Times at the time. She was a reporter for the American Weekly in London, a writer and editor for The Japan Times, Asahi Evening News and Stars and Stripes in Tokyo and as a writer-researcher for World magazine in New York City.

With her hire in 1968 at The Washington Post, she became its first Asian American editor and writer and its second woman editor in the city room. While on the national copy desk, she edited stories on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and the riots in Washington, D.C. In the early 1970s, she was the only woman editor on the Post’s Metro copy desk and helped edit the Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on the Watergate break-in and cover-up written by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Russell established the Mary Quon Moy Ing Memorial Scholarship in honor of her mother. The scholarship has provided tens of thousands of dollars in financial assistance to college students throughout the years.

She passed away on October 19, 2012.


Mrs. Mary Quon Moy Ing (1900-1974) lived most of her life in Canada, having arrived as a very young girl from China in 1911. At that time, China was undergoing great turmoil, which eventually turned into civil war. She lost her family in this conflict.

During her early life, Mary attended the Chinese Presbyterian church and Church School, learning many life lessons, skills and handicrafts. She became an expert knitter, crocheter, embroiderer and garment maker.

Mary moved from Toronto to Vancouver in 1958. Her early life, after marriage to Henry Ing, was dedicated to working beside her husband, raising seven children – three sons and four daughters. Mary and Henry worked very hard throughout their years to make a living in the restaurant business. The Great Depression years were difficult, but despite their hardships they managed to provide the means for their children to attend college.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother. Her concern for the welfare of her family, relatives and friends were always uppermost in her heart and mind. She was a loving, warm and understanding person whose presence and sacrifices formed the core of the family home. Mary’s sweet nature displayed great patience, tolerance and generosity. She was an amazingly strong, intelligent and talented lady, who was admired and beloved by all who knew her.

– Courtesy of Amie Ing Kelsey


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