SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

The Asian American Journalists Association’s Sports Task Force is pleased to offer several scholarship and fellowship opportunities for enrolled college students and young professionals to support their pursuit of careers in sports journalism and media. AAJA membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipient. For membership, please apply online at aaja.org/join.

Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship

The awardee will receive $2,000 in honor of Al Young, a longtime member and ardent supporter of AAJA who is an Asian American pioneer in sports media and is dedicated to empowering the voices of Asian American journalists. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Al Young.

The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

(Peter Hvizdak – New Haven Register) Former New Haven Register sports reporter and journalist Al Young speaks at the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Weekend 2017 Alumni Breakfast after receiving an honorary membership in the Walter Camp Football Foundation Friday morning, January 13, 2017 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.

About Al Young

Al Young is an award-winning journalist who blazed many trails for Asian American sports journalists. He is the nation’s first Asian American sportswriter at a metro daily newspaper. He is also the first Asian American to cover the NFL as the New Haven Register beat writer for the New York Giants and Jets. While with the Register, he also wrote a weekly column that was the first in the country focusing on national and local personalities and trends in women’s sports.
Young’s career spans more than four decades. He was a writer and editor at the Boston Globe, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the New Haven (CT) Register and Bridgeport (CT) Post-Telegram.
In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as 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.

Eligibility and Rules

  • 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 be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • The selected scholarship recipient must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force
  • The winner must use the scholarship funds to directly support or advance their education. Potential expenses include tuition, room and board, textbooks or other course equipment or materials. The recipient must follow up with the Sports Task Force within 60 days of receipt of the scholarship to identify how they spent the funds

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The winner will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.

Jimmie & Suey Fong Yee Fellowship

Two awardees — a current college student and a young professional — pursuing sports journalism and media as a career will receive $750 each to pitch and produce a print, digital, audio or visual story about Asian Americans in sports, plus free registration for the annual AAJA National Convention. The Sports Task Force will work with recipients to get the stories published at an outlet. The grants are made possible thanks to an annual donation by Don Yee of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.

The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of their unique and compelling story pitch, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

Artist credit to Sally Deng

About Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee

Like many Chinese immigrants, Jimmie and Suey Fong Yee immigrated to the U.S. once China fell under Communist rule. They settled in Sacramento and worked hard to create a new life for themselves and their young family. They endured many hardships, but they envisioned and achieved a better future for themselves and their children. They were proud of their heritage as Chinese. One of the important values they taught their children was to be sympathetic to the plight, journey, and struggle of others. Just as the Yees received help from others, it was their wish to return their good fortune by helping other Asians striving to achieve their dreams.

About Don Yee

Donald H. Yee is a partner and founder of Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC., a sports management consulting firm that represents some of the nation’s leading professional athletes, coaches and broadcasters. Yee, a graduate of UCLA and the University of Virginia School of Law, also is a frequent speaker and writer on sports-related issues. He is a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California law school and a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Eligibility and Rules

  • Applicants must pitch a story they can realistically produce with their resources and time
  • Unique stories that humanize Asian Americans in sports are highly preferred
  • Pitches can include stories that are local, regional or national

For currently enrolled students:

  • Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate 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 be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing sports journalism as a career
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

For currently enrolled students:

  • Applicants must have graduated from a community college or university, including graduate school, located in the United States within the past five (5) years.
  • Applicants must be currently and actively pursuing sports journalism as a career

The selected fellowship winners must follow through with their story pitches as well as commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The winner will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.

Michael Kim Broadcast Fellowship

A sports broadcast journalist who has less than three years of professional experience will receive $2,000 to support career pursuits in honor of Michael Kim, the godfather of AAJA’s Sports Task Force and a pioneer for Asian Americans in sports broadcast journalism. The scholarship is made possible thanks to the Sports Task Force and an annual donation by Michael Kim.

The scholarship winner will be selected on the basis of demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, a strong commitment to the pursuit of a sports journalism career and dedication to AAJA’s mission of advancing Asian Americans and other underrepresented communities in media.

ESPNEWS anchor Michael Kim

About Michael Kim

Michael Kim is a groundbreaking anchor who opened doors for the Asian community at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. Kim was an anchor at SportsCenter for 17 years and was one of the original anchors who launched the innovate ESPNNews.

Kim now works as the anchor of The Stadium on Marquee Sports Network. Prior to ESPN, Kim won a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Show – Daily. Kim is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Kim has been a proud member of AAJA for years and is a Sports Task Force legend who has supported the group from its inception.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must work in the broadcast sports industry in some form, either as on-camera talent or behind-the-scenes producer
  • Applicants must be within three years of college graduation and/or in their first television market
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need
  • The selected scholarship winner must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT

The winner will be notified by the end of February. If selected, you will be asked for documentation to support the information you provide. Likewise, all correspondence and award agreements will be generated from the personal information submitted below. So, please use proper spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
Questions? Email support@aaja.org with the subject line the name of the particular Scholarship. For more about the AAJA Sports Task Force, visit sportstaskforce.com.

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