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.
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.
The selected student will receive travel, lodging and registration to attend AAJA’s national annual convention.
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.
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
Two letters 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.
Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior,
Type: Merit Based
Num Awards: 1
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: 5,000
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
5 Third Street Suite 1108
San Francisco, CA 94103
Contact Person: Justin Seiter