The Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association

Students: Apply by April 16 for a $2,500 scholarship (plus, we’ll send you to the convention!)

AAJA-LA scholarships are back, bigger and better! In addition to $2,500 in tuition assistance, we will pay for scholarship recipients to attend this year’s AAJA convention in Philadelphia, July 26 to 29.

The application deadline is Sunday, April 16.

Each student will receive $2,500 to be applied toward educational expenses. The convention benefit includes $500 for registration and airfare, as well as a free hotel room shared with other AAJA-LA members.


  • Students who are committed to AAJA’s mission and demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career.
  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are taking journalism or related courses and/or pursuing careers in journalism. Preference will be given to students attending school in Southern California or who have ties to Southern California.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges led by Henry Fuhrmann, retired assistant managing editor at the Los Angeles Times. The selection process is independent of the AAJA-LA board, and current student board members may apply.
  • Past AAJA-LA scholarship winners are not eligible.
  • Membership in AAJA is encouraged for all applicants and required for those who receive scholarships. For membership information, go to
  • If possible, recipients should volunteer at our annual Trivia Bowl on Oct. 19, 2017. 


Details about how to apply are available here. Required materials include a resume, academic transcript (official or unofficial), at least three work samples (in any combination of print, video, photo or other media), an essay and two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be received by midnight PDT Sunday, April 16, 2017. 


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.

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Questions? Contact us at

Also, if you like this, you might also want to apply for our summer reporting internships

Good luck!