AAJA and the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) are proud to offer this joint scholarship to foster the next generation of journalists for the second year in a row. Candidates will be judged on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated academic ability, commitment to the field of journalism, and an awareness of AAPI issues. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 10, 2022.
The recipient of the AAJA and White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship will receive $2,000 to go towards tuition, room and board, books, and other educational expenses; an invitation to a luncheon with the members of the WHCA; a volunteer mentor from among the White House press corps for a year, starting at the time of the luncheon; and an invitation as a guest to attend the WHCA annual dinner. Travel and other costs beyond the dinner ticket are the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.
To apply, applicants must be an AAJA student member (new student applicants can register here) and a current college student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university. Candidates will be judged on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.
Last year’s scholarship recipient was Stephanie Lai. From Temecula, California, Lai is a senior at Columbia University studying political science. She previously served as the News and Investigations Editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator and has worked on metro desks across the country covering local and state politics including Pasadena Star News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. She was also a 2020 New York Times Student Journalism Institute participant and will be working on the breaking news team at the Wall Street Journal in the spring. Daniel Lam was the finalist.
Founded in 1914, the White House Correspondents’ Association exists to promote excellence in journalism as well as journalism education, and to ensure robust news coverage of the president and the presidency. They support awards for some of the best political reporting of the past year, and scholarships for young reporters who carry our hopes for vibrant journalism in the years to come. Each day, they work to ensure that the men and women who cover the White House have the ability to seek answers from powerful officials, up to and including the President. Their association comprises hundreds of members from the worlds of print, television, radio and online journalism. Their work, for outlets based in the United States and overseas, reaches a global audience. Find more about them at WHCA.press and on Twitter @whca.
Learn more about the White House Correspondents’ Association Scholarship on our website. For a full list of eligibility rules, application requirements and the application, visit our application page. Stay tuned for more scholarship opportunities that will be announced in the new year by visiting the scholarships page on our website.