The Association for Women in Sports Media is pleased to introduce the 2015 internship and scholarship program winners.
Since 1990, AWSM has awarded scholarships and placed nearly 140 female college students in sports media internships, and this summer’s talented class will be the program’s 26th class.
AWSM is proud to continue working with Sports Illustrated, MLB.com, ESPN, CNN and the Colorado Springs Gazette, and is pleased to welcome the public relations firm PRO Sports Communications as a new employer this summer.
We want to thank the following people and organizations for being an ongoing support system for AWSM’s internship and scholarship program: Christine Brennan, Kristin Huckshorn, Martin Doerfler, Michelle Kaufman, Myra MacPherson, the Sports Journalism Institute and the Associated Press Sports Editors.
For more information on AWSM’s internship and scholarship program, including past winners and employers, click here.
APSE Mary Garber Scholarship
Colorado Springs Gazette
Kristen Gowdy is a journalism major and sports studies minor at Ithaca College, where she serves as the sports editor for her college newspaper, The Ithacan. The junior had a 2014 internship at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where she wrote stories daily for the HOF’s website. She spent the summer of 2013 interning at Presidio Sports, where she covered the Santa Barbara Foresters, an independent pro baseball team.
The Founders Scholarship
PRO Sports Communications
Elpin Keshishzadeh is a senior public relations major at San Diego State University who hopes to specialize in crisis communications. With a strong interest in advising and counseling, she plans on using her legal knowledge after law school to supplement her public relations expertise. She also served on the executive board for the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Jim Brennan Scholarship
Beth Maiman will graduate from Oregon this June with a degree in journalism. During her college career, she served as a reporter and sports editor of The Daily Emerald, covering various sports from softball to the College Football Playoff bound football team. The senior was also a USA TODAY College correspondent during Fall 2014, writing stories weekly on different current events. She also spent this past winter term away from Eugene in Atlanta interning with CNN Sports.
Betty Brennan Scholarship
Sarah Scrivens is a senior journalism major with a Spanish minor in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at Oregon. She spent the summer of 2013 as a multimedia production intern at Comcast SportsNet Northwest, and was hired as a production assistant the following year. From fall of 2012 to spring of 2014, she was a reporter and anchor for DuckTV Sports, Oregon’s student-run television network. She’s also currently a reporter for The Daily Emerald, covering women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and softball. Sarah is writing her honors thesis on the expectations and perception of female sportscasters in a male-dominated market.
The “Sophie” Scholarship” & Sports Journalism Institute
Ashley Scoby is a senior journalism major with a minor in international studies at the University of Kentucky. She’s spent three years covering the Wildcats football and men’s and women’s basketball teams for the Danville (Ky.) Advocate Messenger and KyForward.com. She’s also the news assistant at the Lexington Herald-Leader, has freelanced for a multitude of outlets such as espnW, the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Associated Press, and spent the summer of 2014 interning with the Seattle Times. Ashley also studied abroad in South Africa in 2012, and went on a volunteer service trip to Ghana in 2014.
Leah Siegel Scholarship
Alex Tekip will graduate in May with a degree in journalism from Michigan State. She’s no stranger to AWSM, serving as an officer in MSU’s student chapter her junior and senior years. During her college career, Alex has worked as an on-air commenter for Big Ten Network Student U, a research assistant for various documentary projects through Michigan State’s journalism school, was a sports stringer for the Lansing State Journal, and was a reporting intern for HOMTV, a local public access station. She also interned in the sports departments of WXYZ-TV and The Oakland Press, where she covered major sporting events in the Detroit area.