This scholarship awards $2,000 to an undergraduate student pursuing sports journalism as a career. Applicants will be judged on academic and journalistic achievement, financial need, a strong commitment to a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission.
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Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. Young was the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily newspaper and the first to cover the NFL. He also wrote the first weekly column in the country focusing on athletes, personalities and trends in women’s sports.
Young’s four-decade long career includes positions as a writer and editor at the Boston Globe, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the New Haven Register and Bridgeport Post-Telegram.
In 2010, AAJA named Young an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.” He is a past president of AAJA’s Washington, D.C. chapter. Retiring in 2013 from the Boston Globe, Young is currently the advisor to the student newspaper at Quincy College in Massachusetts.
The AAJA Sports Task Force elevates the voices of Asian Americans in sports and encourages future Asian American sports journalists through mentorship and scholarship opportunities. At times, sports issues lead newscasts and make headlines across traditional news outlets. What is often lacking in this coverage, and sports journalism in general, is the perspective of Asian Americans. This AAJA Sports Task Force scholarship is one way to turn the tide. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.
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- Must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at an accredited college or university (including junior and community) in the United States or one of its territories
- Must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing a career in sports journalism
- Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Must be a current AAJA member
- The scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.
- Recipients must use the scholarship funds for expenses that directly support or advance their education, such as tuition, textbooks, equipment, and room and board, for an upcoming semester. Recipients must follow up with the Sports Task Force within 60 days of receiving the scholarship to identify how they spent the money
- Within a year of receiving the scholarship money, winners will be required to present to AAJA how the scholarship helped them pursue their journalism career. This can be through an essay, a video photojournal, etc.
- Journalistic work samples
- A brief statement of financial need
- Contact information for two references
- An essay of no more than 1000 words that explains why you want to pursue sports journalism and how the financial support of this scholarship would help your long-term career goals. The essay should also answer all of the following questions:
- 1. What role or responsibility do journalists of color have in a modern press box and how do you plan to fulfill that responsibility?
- 2. What makes you a standout sports journalism student and how do you plan to continue growing as a journalist?
- What is one issue important to Asian Americans in sports that is poorly covered or not covered at all and would you fix this problem?