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The AAJA Sports Task Force offers one scholarship to a current college student interested in sports journalism, and one scholarship to a recent college graduate (within three years) to help cover expenses related to travel and accommodations for the annual AAJA National Convention.

The scholarships are made possible thanks to a $2,000* donation made by Don Yee (of sports talent agency Yee & Dubin Sports, LLC.).

Deadline for application: January 31, 2020

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 

For currently enrolled college students

  1. AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, 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 AAJA.
  3. Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units each semester (spring 2019 and fall 2019) at a community college or university located in the United States. Applicants must also be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or planning to pursue sports journalism as a career.

For recent graduates

  1. AAJA full membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, 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 AAJA.
  3. Applicants must have graduated from a community college or university (including graduate school) located in the United States within the last 3 years. Applicants must also be currently and actively pursuing sports journalism as a career.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, and commitment to the field of journalism.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resume
  • Cover letter (explain journalism experience – if any – academic accomplishments, career goals, community involvement and financial need)
  • Essay (1,000-2000 words) –What do you hope to accomplish as a journalist and how has your ethnicity/cultural background helped to shape these professional goals?
  • GPA requirement: Minimum 3.0
  • References (names and contact information)
  • Work samples are encouraged, but not required

Find out more about the AAJA Sports Task Force at www.sportstaskforce.com.

*The scholarship amounts available to the selected recipients will be $900 each (a 10% administrative fee is taken from the total).

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