CIC / Anna Chennault Scholarship



To encourage students to pursue journalism as a career.
To induce competitors to research, learn and give an opinion on a topical news item and to take a stand on this particular issue.




  • Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission.
  • Applicants must be a graduating high school senior that has been accepted to a U.S. college (proof of acceptance required) or a currently enrolled college student at the time of applying.
  • AAJA membership is not required for the application but if selected, the student must sign up for student membership.

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.



$5,000 will go towards the student’s college education. Please note: AAJA's scholarship policy requires that funds be disbursed directly to the student's financial institution or student loan provider. Please only apply if your tuition costs or student loans exceed $5,000 and if you can commit to attending the 2019 AAJA National Convention.

  • The selected student will receive travel, lodging and registration to attend AAJA’s national annual convention in Washington, DC (visit #AAJA20 for more information).
  • Depending on the winner’s area of study, the student will also be paired with a professional print, online or broadcast mentor at the convention to help them network.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 21. Please be sure to gather all the required materials before beginning the application. You will be required to submit the following:

One copy of an official high school or college transcript

  • One letter of recommendation from a professional who is familiar with your academic and/or journalism work (a counselor, professor, etc.)
  • Work samples (in PDF, JPG or link formats)
  • You will also have to answer ONE of three essay questions.

Questions? Email with the subject line "CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship".



anna-chennault.jpgAnna Chennault is a writer, lecturer, international business executive, and Chairman of the Council for International Cooperation (CIC). A graduate of Lingnan University, Mrs. Chennault holds six honorary Doctorate degrees in the fields of Law, Humanities, and Business Administration. With her journalism background, she lectures at schools and universities on international affairs. As an author, she has over fifty books published in English and Chinese. Several of her books, such as A Thousand Springs and The Education of Anna were on the New York Time’s best seller’s list.

Her late husband was Lieutenant General Claire L. Chennault, commander of the American Volunteer Group “Flying Tigers”, the China Air Task Force, and the U.S. 14th Air Force in China in World War II. Anna Chennault has been actively involved in American national affairs and international commerce for over 45 years.

Personal friends with many Presidents of the United States, she had been appointed and had served as a member of numerous governmental and citizen committees addressing U.S. domestic and international issues. In public service, she had served as Vice Chairman of the President’s Export Council; White House Commissioner of Presidential Scholars; Founder and Chairman of the National Republican Heritage Groups Council; and as International Chairman of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission.

Mrs. Chennault served on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, People-to-People International, and US-ROC Business Council. She was also active in a number of organizations affiliated with the military. She is the Founder and past-Chairman of the Advisory Board of the National Military Families Association. As a life-time member of the 14th Air Force Association and the current Flying Tigers Descendants Association, Mrs. Chennault was a board member and past Chairman of its Awards Committee. In China, Mrs. Chennault has been appointed as honorary senior adviser to numerous civic organizations, governmental departments and agencies, universities and educational institutions.

Anna Chennault is the Founder and Chairman of CIC, a non-profit, non-political organization, whose goal is to promote better understanding between the United States, China, and Taiwan. CIC supports educational exchange programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Annually, CIC provide scholarships worldwide, which includes education foundations in China, Chinese language scholarship awards in the United States, and awards of excellence for the faculty at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.



The council is a non-profit private organization, whose goal is to promote better understanding between the United States, China and Taiwan. The CIC supports educational exchange programs in the arts, humanities and sciences. The CIC provides support to educational foundations and scholarships, awards of excellence, conferences and seminars and scholarly and professional collaborations.


CIC/ANNA CHENNAULT Scholarship Recipients 

Julie Heng, the 2020 recipient, recently graduated from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Huron Emery. This year, she was named Michigan’s Student Journalist of the Year, a Runner-Up for the Journalism Education Association’s National Journalist of the Year and a Finalist for Youth Journalism International’s Student Journalist of the Year. She has reported for the Detroit Free Press Investigative Team, for which her work made the front page. Julie will begin her studies at Harvard University in the fall, where she intends to write for the Crimson and explore the intersection between the sciences and the humanities.




Alexis GebhardtAlexis Gebhardt, the 2019 recipient, is a student at the University of Southern California, where she is currently working as the Multimedia Journalist and Livestream Camera with Annenberg Media. Alexis has received the Les Ginkle Rotary Club Scholarship, and a University of Southern California Grant. Her documentary won 1st place in the Jim Harbin Student Media Festival, and has had four documentaries place in the regional round. She was awarded the best Newscaster award in her graduating class. "The CIC/Anna Chennault scholarship gave me the opportunity to meet some of the best journalists in the world. The scholarship also partially helped pay for my education so that I can learn how to be a better journalist." 





KittyHu.jpgKitty Hu, the 2018 recipient, is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is currently studying film and television and international development studies. She also works as a news and opinion video producer at the Daily Bruin. "I’ve met incredible mentors through AAJA who have given me difficult, but important critiques of my work, which now push me to think differently when I am behind the camera. I am reminded that I have lots of work to do, but I am empowered to do so," Kitty says. After graduation, she hopes to work as a freelance photo and video journalist covering topics such as human injustices and international affairs.




Vivian-Wang.jpgVivian Wang, the 2017 recipient, is a recent graduate of Yale University where she majored in English. She is currently a James Reston reporting fellow at The New York Times. "I am so grateful for the CIC/Chennault scholarship, as it gave me the financial stability necessary to pursue my summer internship at The New York Times while also dedicating extra hours to going above and beyond the requirements of the internship — looking for additional story ideas, reporting on my own time — without worrying about the cost," Vivian says. She hopes to continue reporting on a wide array of topics as she discovers which ones she would like to spend the rest of her career writing about.




Aneri-Pattani.jpgAneri Pattani, the 2016 recipient, is currently a student at Northeastern University pursuing a major in journalism. She was previously a reporting fellow for The Texas Tribune and is currently an assignment desk and strategic content intern with CNBC. “The AAJA scholarship that I received made it possible for me to focus on a news internship rather than taking several different part-time jobs on campus. The funds have given me the ability to pursue the job that I am most passionate about and that will help me the most in my future career as a journalist,” Aneri says. Later in her career, she hopes to work for an online outlet committed to investigative and social justice reporting, such as ProPublica or Reveal. 




BrieAnna Frank, the 2015 recipient, is currently attending Arizona State University where she intends on graduating in the spring of 2019. She works for the campus radio station, Blaze Radio and interned for KJZZ 91.5 over the summer. BrieAnna values her education highly and has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards. In building off her summer internship, she would like to obtain more internship positions throughout her time at school to further enhance her knowledge and skills. After graduating, BrieAnna hopes to take off as a Peace Corps volunteer before finally securing a job at the NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. Without the CIC/Anna Chenault Scholarship, she says that none of her experiences would have been possible. With the award, BrieAnna is now considering giving abroad a shot as her school just opened a journalism-based study abroad program in the Middle East. 

Annie Yu, the 2014 recipient, is a recent graduate of Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. She is currently a Pulliam Fellowship recipient and Chandler City Hall Reporter at The Arizona Republic. Prior to graduating, Annie was the editor-in-chief of her university’s campus newspaper, The Clause. In addition to the CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship, Annie received the 2014 Outstanding Senior Award from the Azusa Pacific journalism department faculty and a 2014 Los Angeles Press Club award for second-best student news writing for a transgender theology story. She was able to attend the 2014 AAJA National Convention in Washington, DC at no cost where she interviewed for a job, attended workshops, connected with a professional mentor and networked with other AAJA members based in Phoenix. Annie says, “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the conference […] I met so many great people through AAJA that I’m sure I will stay connected over the years as I grow into my career.”

jenn-crane.jpgJenn Crane, the 2013 recipient, is a junior at UCLA. She currently works as a news reporter for UCLA’s student publication The Daily Bruin, and is also a community editor and co-host for Daily Bruin Radio’s “Long Story Short.” In addition to the CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship, Jenn received the PG&E Bright Minds Scholarship, The Rodgers Ranch Scholarship and the College Options Scholarship. The CIC/Anna Chennault Scholarship helped provide Jenn with the means she needed to continue pursuing journalism professionally, she says. “By receiving funds to help pay for my tuition and living arrangements, I have more time to focus on being a news reporter, editor, and radio co-host.” As part of the award, Jenn also attended AAJA’s 2013 National Convention in New York, an experience she says was a dream turned into reality. “I received the honor to network and learn from some of the most prestigious and experienced journalists in the country,” Jenn says. “The connections have carried long after the convention and have given me the tools to keep on networking.”



Faique Moqeet, the 2012 recipient, is in his third year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Faique was awarded several scholarships in addition to the CIC/Anna Chennault Award, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship, Coca-Cola National Scholarship, Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship and Elks National Foundation MVS Scholarship. He is currently pursuing economics and journalism and hopes to go into consulting or start his own business after graduating in 2016. 

Cathy Li, the 2011 recipient, is now a senior at Columbia University in New York and has planned on majoring in economics. Cathy has worked as the dining and online editor for Inside New York, a publication with 75,000 readers and a large online following, and has also directed marketing for the Columbia Multicultural Business Association. She hopes to go on to graduate school and study urban planning.



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