The Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship

Sports Task Force is incredibly honored to offer college students the Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship! The scholarship offers up to $2,500 to currently enrolled students who are pursuing sports journalism/media as a career!

The Sports Task Force mission is to elevate the voice of Asian Americans in the sports journalism industry across multiple media platforms through programs, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities.

Sports are becoming increasingly essential in our lives. Beyond providing entertainment, sports have made headlines and led newscasts across traditional news outlets. There’s a growing need for diverse voices — including Asian Americans in sports media, and the Al Young scholarship is dedicated to support and drive that growth.

Scholarship honoree, Al Young is an award-winning journalist who continues to influence many people within the community. He has fostered an interactive dynamic for Asian Americans within the sports journalism field. Across four decades, Mr. Young has been an influential writer and editor at some of the nation’s top news outlets including the Boston Globe, USA Today and New York Daily News.

He is also a dedicated past president of the Asian American Journalists Association Washington, D.C. chapter. In 2010, AAJA named Young to its inaugural honor roll as an “Asian American Pioneer in U.S. journalism.” Now retired from the Boston Globe, Young is currently the advisor to the student newspaper at Quincy College (MA).

The Al Young Scholarship seeks to support students who embody the values and dedication our honoree has offered the journalism community and media industry for decades.

Deadline to apply is October 30, 2016. Once applications are reviewed, a candidate will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, and commitment to the field of sports journalism.

Please email your completed application to:

You will find the scholarship eligibility and requirement details below:


  1. AAJA student membership is required for the selected scholarship recipients. For membership application, please apply online at
  2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence and a strong interest in pursuing sports journalism as a career. Selected scholarship recipients must commit to a minimum of five hours of volunteer work for the AAJA Sports Task Force.
  3. Applicants must be an undergraduate enrolled with at least 12 credit units per semester at a junior college/university within the United States. Applicants must be enrolled in or on track to take journalism courses.


  1. Current resume
  2. Cover letter explaining journalism experience, academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement, and financial need (500-800 words)
  3. Essay describing why you are interested in pursuing a sports journalism career, and what role sports has played in your life (1,000-2,000 words)
  4. 3.0 GPA requirement
  5. Three Professional/Academic references (name and contact information)