The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

2016 AAJA-LA Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

***Scholarship deadline extended until Sunday, April 24, 2016***

The Los Angeles Chapter is pleased to announce the opening of its annual scholarship competition. The chapter will award several scholarships of $2,500 each to full-time college students in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, we hope you will take part. We are here to support your studies and career advancement. If you are not a student but know of one, please forward this information. We are grateful for your help in getting out the word.


From its inception in 1981 as our organization’s founding chapter, AAJA-LA has been committed to supporting the next generation of journalists. Through the years, the chapter has made the scholarship program the centerpiece of its fundraising efforts.

The program also serves as a way to connect our past and future. In addition to several general awards, the chapter gives two scholarships in memory of early members of our chapter: the Sam Chu Lin Memorial Scholarship, given to a promising broadcast student, and the Peter Imamura Memorial Scholarship, with preference given to a student who is from the Inland Empire or who demonstrates special financial need.

Changes to the scholarship application process

As of December 2015, the AAJA-LA scholarship committee will be capping the number of scholarships given per student to two scholarship awards in total. Previous scholarship winners are invited to apply for a second and final scholarship award; those who have received scholarships twice from AAJA-LA may not apply. Repeat applicants should have shown an improvement or advancement of some type in their career and work. Repeat applicants also should demonstrate service to the chapter – please include details of chapter involvement in the essay portion of the application.


  • Students who are committed to AAJA’s mission and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Full-time students who are enrolled in colleges and universities in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura counties and taking journalism or related courses and pursuing careers in journalism. Undergraduate and graduate students are both eligible to apply.
  • Membership in AAJA is encouraged for all applicants and required for those selected to receive scholarships. For membership information, go to


Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges led by Melissah Yang, chapter treasurer for 2016 and associate news editor at Bustle.

All materials may be submitted online at; they must be received by midnight PST Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Recipients must commit to volunteering at a chapter event in the coming year, such as V3con in June 2016, the annual Trivia Bowl in October 2016 or writing two blog posts for the AAJA-LA website.

More information

Please direct your questions to Many thanks!
— AAJA-LA Board of Directors