UPDATE: Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 31st

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UPDATE! We’ve extended the deadline of our Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship to March 31st. Also, we are happy to announce two changes to the scholarship this year: 1) High schoolers interested in journalism are now eligible to apply, and 2) The scholarship amount has been increased to $1000.

The Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is pleased to announce the Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship, which will award $1000 to a student of any race who intends to pursue a journalism career and who is of modest financial means.

Requirements are as follows:
1) Applicants must be a high schooler, college freshman, sophomore, or junior in the 2015-16 school year.
2) College student applicants must provide a copy of his/her most recently submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before receiving the scholarship money to show proof of financial need.
3) The winner needs to volunteer some time in 2016 to helping the Philadelphia chapter by recruiting other student journalists to the chapter or by assisting in organizing an event.

To apply, send:
1) A one-page essay describing your background, what you have done in journalism so far and what you plan to do in journalism as a career. Include your name, phone number, e-mail, and mailing address.
2) Names of two references, with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
3) A transcript of your grades for college courses taken, or high-school grades if you are a freshman or high school student.

Email your application materials or any questions to AAJA-Philly’s Mentorship Director, Meeri Kim, by March 31st, 2016: meerinkim@gmail.com

Please note: Special consideration for this scholarship will be given to a student who is the first person in his or her family to go to college. The scholarship is to be used for college fees or books.

AAJA membership is not required to apply for the scholarship.

Selection process:
The AAJA-Philadelphia chapter board, former president Murali Balaji, and one non-AAJA individual who is a leader in the Asian American community will make up the selection committee.
Applicants will be asked to attend an in-person or virtual interview with the selection committee.
The winner will be announced by May 5th, 2016, and a check for $1000 will be mailed by May 31st, 2016.

The scholarship is in honor of Mrs. Vijaya L. Balaji, the late mother of former AAJA-Philadelphia president Murali Balaji. Mrs. Balaji was a committed supporter to the chapter, who believed in the education of minority journalists.

AAJA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and helping them enter and succeed in the news industry.

ANNOUCEMENT: Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship Now Accepting Applicants

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The Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is pleased to announce the Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship, which will award $500 to a student who intends to pursue a journalism career and who is of modest financial means.

Requirements are as follows:
1) Applicants must be a college freshman, sophomore, or junior in the 2015-16 school year.
2) Applicants must provide a copy of his/her most recently submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before receiving the scholarship money to show proof of financial need.
3) The winner needs to volunteer some time in 2016 to helping the Philadelphia chapter by recruiting other student journalists to the chapter or by assisting in organizing an event.

To apply, send:
1) A one-page essay describing your background, what you have done in journalism so far and what you plan to do in journalism as a career. Include your name, phone number, e-mail, and mailing address.
2) Names of two references, with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
3) A transcript of your grades for college courses taken, or high-school grades if you are a freshman.

Email your application materials or any questions to AAJA-Philly’s Mentorship Director, Meeri Kim, by March 15th, 2016: meerinkim@gmail.com

Please note: Special consideration for this scholarship will be given to a student who is the first person in his or her family to go to college. The scholarship is to be used for college fees or books.

AAJA membership is not required to apply for the scholarship.

Selection process:
The AAJA-Philadelphia chapter board, former president Murali Balaji, and one non-AAJA individual who is a leader in the Asian American community will make up the selection committee.
Applicants will be asked to attend an in-person interview with the selection committee.
The winner will be announced by May 5th, 2016, and a check for $500 will be mailed by May 31st, 2016.

The scholarship is in honor of Mrs. Vijaya L. Balaji, the late mother of former AAJA-Philadelphia president Murali Balaji. Mrs. Balaji was a committed supporter to the chapter, who believed in the education of minority journalists.

AAJA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and helping them enter and succeed in the news industry.

John Curley Scholarship Fund

The AAJA National Convention in San Francisco — from August 12 to 15 this year — will be a wonderful opportunity to network with other journalists from around the country, to participate in panel discussions with seasoned journalists, and to attend a career fair and résumé critique sessions.

For the sixth year in a row, AAJA-Philadelphia will be offering the John Curley Scholarship. This year, we will offer one scholarship, to help pay the expenses for one member to go to the annual convention.

Our ability to do so comes from the kind generosity of our donor, John Curley, the former president, chairman and CEO of the Gannett company, who has been a strong supporter of the Philadelphia chapter of AAJA. Continue reading

WINNER: Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship Awarded

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Congratulations to AAJA-Philadelphia’s 2014 Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship winner, Marianna Sann, a freshman at Temple University!

Marianna, who lives in South Philadelphia, is the first in her family to attend college. Her grandparents and father came to this country after escaping the Cambodian genocide in 1975. She has been an advocate and member of Boat People SOS and aspires to be a broadcast journalist. Continue reading

Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship

The Philadelphia chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is pleased to announce the Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship, which will award $500 to a student who intends to pursue a journalism career and who is of modest financial means.

Requirements are as follows:
1) Applicants must be a college freshman, sophomore, or junior in the 2014-15 school year.
2) Applicants must provide a copy of his/her most recently submitted Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before receiving the scholarship money to show proof of financial need.
3) The winner needs to volunteer some time in 2014 or 2015 to helping the Philadelphia chapter by recruiting other student journalists to the chapter or by assisting in organizing an event.

To apply, send:
1) A one-page essay describing your background, what you have done in journalism so far and what you plan to do in journalism as a career. Include your name, phone number, e-mail and address.
2) Names of two references, with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
3) A transcript of your grades for college courses taken, or high-school grades if you are a freshman.

Continue reading

Scholarship Lead: John Curley Scholarships

The AAJA National Convention in Washington, D.C., from August 13 to 16 this year will be a wonderful opportunity to network with other journalists from around the country, to participate in panel discussions with seasoned journalists, and to attend a career fair and résumé critique sessions.

For the fifth year in a row, AAJA-Philadelphia will be offering the John Curley Scholarship. This year, we will offer two scholarships, each up to $500, to help pay the expenses for two members to go to the annual convention.

Our ability to do so comes from the kind generosity of our donor, John Curley, the former president, chairman and CEO of the Gannett company, who has been a strong supporter of the Philadelphia chapter of AAJA.

WHAT: The chapter will reimburse the selected members up to $500 in expenses to attend the convention. These expenses include the registration fee for the convention, transportation, and hotel costs. (You may be asked to share your hotel room with another AAJA-Philly member.)

TO APPLY:

  • You must be a current dues-paying AAJA-Philly chapter member to apply.
  • We will consider current students or professionals who are trying to establish themselves in the journalism field or who are in financial need.
  • Send a one-page essay telling the AAJA-Philly board why you want to go to the convention, how you think you will benefit from it, and why you need help with the expenses. E-mail your essay to:aajaphiladelphia@gmail.com

DEADLINE: Apply by the end of the day, Monday, March 31, 2014.
AAJA-Philly board members will review all applications and announce the scholarship winners by Tuesday, April 8. Expenses will be reimbursed in the form of a check after the convention. You must give us copies of your receipts.
(If a board member wants to apply, he/she will not be part of the judging process.)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
The winning applicants will also be required to:

  • Register for the convention by the early-bird registration date of Tuesday, April 15. (The early-bird student registration fee is $100; for professionals, it is $250.)
  • Write a blog post about something you learned at the convention for our chapter website either at the convention or soon afterward. This could be a summary of things you learned, a Q+A with a speaker at the convention, or a summary of a panel discussion, for instance.
  • Take a few pictures at the convention to be posted on our chapter website.
  • Assist in the planning, promotion or day-of duties for an AAJA-Philly panel event currently scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014.

MORE INFORMATION: For more info about the convention, visit: www.aaja.org/dc2014

We encourage everyone who wants to go and who needs help with expenses to apply for this! Questions? Feel free to e-mail aajaphiladephia@gmail.com.

Anna Pan and Camisha Brown, Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of AAJA-Philadelphia’s scholarship, the Vijaya L. Balaji Scholarship — Anna Pan, a University of Pennsylvania junior, and Camisha D. Brown, a Penn State freshman.

In the scholarship’s inaugural year, the AAJA-Philly board and scholarship donor, Murali Balaji, decided to award the scholarship to two students because we had two strong leading candidates.

Anna PanAnna, who is an AAJA-Philly member, has interned at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia City Paper. She has also worked at the Daily Pennsylvanian. She is currently interning at WHYY. Anna, a junior at University of Pennsylvania, says, “I can’t wait to pursue a career in journalism and I’m so grateful for this award!”

Camisha D. BrownCamisha, who was raised in Northeast Philadelphia, graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. She has also interned at WHYY. She would like to become a news anchor and talk-show host. Camisha, a Penn State freshman, says, “I am very appreciative to have won this scholarship. This is a great start to an immense career path.”

This scholarship was made possible by AAJA-Philly member and former chapter president Murali Balaji in honor of his mother, who was a committed supporter of the chapter and who believed in the education of minority journalists.