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Internships & Scholarships

Since 1990, AWSM has placed nearly 200 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships. Each winner also receives a $1,000 scholarship, complimentary registration and lodging at AWSM’s annual conference and a complimentary one-year membership to the organization.

The 2020 application process is closed as winners for this summer have already been selected and announced. The application process opens in the fall and is open to women at the sophomore college level or above. Winners are announced in December. Contact awsminternship@gmail.com for questions about the program.

special thanks

Host employers

CNN Sports, ESPN, MLB.com, Sporting News, USA Softball and USA Today Sports return as host employers for the 2020 internship/scholarship class. AWSM also welcomes the Orlando Sentinel, a first-time host employer, for 2020.

2020 AWSM Scholars

Mari Faiello
Florida
Orlando Sentinel
Jim Brennan Scholarship

Mari Faiello is a senior studying journalism at Florida. A Lithia, Fla., native, Faiello has worked at the student-run Florida Alligator for more than two years, most recently as assistant sports editor. She’s a former intern for the Gainesville Sun and Tampa Bay Times and studied abroad in Europe as a sophomore. Faiello was recently honored by the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation. She will spend her summer interning at the Orlando Sentinel as the Jim Brennan Scholarship recipient.

Aria Gerson
Michigan
USA Today
Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship

Aria Gerson is in her junior year at Michigan, where she studies political science with minors in history and writing. She is a senior sports editor and covers football for the student-run Michigan Daily, and freelanced for regional and national outlets. Gerson, who is from Grand Rapids, Mich., previously interned at the Cape Cod Times. She will join the staff of USA Today, based in McLean, Va., for the summer as the Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship recipient.

Anna Glenn Grove
Georgia
ESPN
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship

Anna Glenn Grove is studying journalism at Georgia. The Nashville native covers football for the student-run Red & Black newspaper and works with the student television station and government association. She has interned with the Tennessee Titans radio network and spent a semester in Washington, D.C., working for ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption. Grove, a senior and a member of Georgia’s AWSM chapter, is the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship winner and will intern with ESPN in Bristol, Conn.

Kennedi Landry
LSU
MLB.com
Founders Scholarship

Kennedi Landry is a senior at LSU, where she’s studying mass communications. She’s originally from New Orleans and previously worked as sports editor and football beat writer at the Reveille, the LSU student newspaper. She writes for the Baton Rouge Advocate and has interned at ESPN and SB Nation. Landry has been selected for the Sports Journalism Institute, and will complete its boot camp before heading to New York to intern at MLB.com. Landry will receive the Founders Scholarship.

Paige Leckie
Maryland
MLB.com
Betty Jolly Scholarship

Paige Leckie is a multiplatform journalism major at Maryland and a Rockville, Md., native. She covers Maryland baseball as managing editor of the Maryland Baseball Network and works part-time for NBC Sports Washington. She is the AWSM chapter president and recently received Maryland’s Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism’s All-Star Student award. Leckie, a senior, will intern with MLB.com in New York as AWSM’s Betty Jolly Scholarship winner.

Ally Lutter
Penn State
CNN Sports
Betty Brennan Scholarship

Ally Lutter is a senior broadcast journalism major at Penn State and the president of the campus’ AWSM chapter. She has served as executive producer of the Centre County Report, her work for which has been nominated for national awards. The Huntingdon Valley, Pa., native has also worked for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Penn State athletics department. Lutter, the recipient of the Betty Brennan Scholarship, will spend her summer in Atlanta interning with CNN Sports.

Chelsea Roemer
Missouri
USA Softball
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship

Chelsea Roemer is studying strategic communications at Missouri. She is originally from Dallas and serves as the vice president of Missouri’s AWSM chapter and works as an intern for Mizzou Athletics. Roemer, a senior, has previously interned for minor-league baseball teams in Holyoke, Mass., and Madison, Wisc. She will spend summer 2020 working for USA Softball in Oklahoma City, and is the recipient of the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship.

Riley Trujillo
Arizona State
Sporting News
Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship

Riley Trujillo is studying sports journalism at Arizona State. The sophomore is a native of Grand Junction, Colo., and serves as the vice president of ASU’s AWSM chapter. She is a digital media intern with Sun Devil Athletics and has worked with MLB Advanced Media and Pac-12 Plus. She’s also on the executive board of the Walter Cronkite Sports Network. Trujillo will spend her summer in Charlotte with the Sporting News as the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship recipient.

scholarships

AWSM thanks our generous program donors for their continued support of the program. We are also grateful the Sports Journalism Institute has once again agreed to host an AWSM scholar at its annual boot camp. The application period opens each fall.

Betty Brennan Scholarship
Endowed by
Christine Brennan
Jim Brennan Scholarship
Endowed by
Christine Brennan
Founders Scholarship
Endowed by
Martin Doerfler & Kristin Huckshorn
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship
Endowed by
Myra MacPherson
Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship
Endowed by
Jim Jenks & Jorge Rojas
Betty Jolly Scholarship
Endowed by
Tom Jolly
Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship
Endowed by
APSE
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship
Endowed by
Jim Jenks

AWSM Interns

2019

Tess DeMyer (Brown)
USA Today
Torrey Hart (Claremont McKenna)
Sports Illustrated
Ashley Hodge (Clemson)
ESPN
Devin Kane (Missouri)
USA Softball
Meghan Kelly (Notre Dame)
CNN Sports
Stephanie Sheehan (Connecticut)
MLB.com
Jamila St. Ann (Missouri)
Sporting News

2018

Paige Bird (Indiana-Purdue Ft. Wayne)
Golf Channel
Rachel Brittain (North Carolina)
Fox Sports
Amanda Christovich (Georgetown)
USA Today
Madeline Heaps (California)
USA Softball
Isabel Miller (Texas)
CNN Sports
Julia Poe (USC)
Sports Illustrated
Blake Richardson (North Carolina)
MLB.com
Anne Rogers (Missouri)
MLB.com
Melissa Rule (Syracuse)
ESPN

2017

Kaitlin Alexander (Florida)
CNN Sports
Amanda Capritto (LSU)
PRO Sports Communications
Courtney Day (Drake)
USA Softball
Erin Dolan (Penn State)
ESPN
Katherine Fitzgerald (ASU)
USA Today
Alaina Getzenberg (Cal-Berkeley)
MLB.com
Eden Laase (Gonzaga)
Sports Illustrated
Victoria Rutigliano (Quinnipiac)
Golf Channel

2016

Hannah Burton (Maryland)
CNN Soprts
Callie Caplan (Maryland)
USA Today
Madeline Lee (Northwestern)
MLB.com
Chloe Pavlech (Maryland)
MLB Network
Emily Roth (Missouri)
ESPN
Shannon Scovel (American)
Sports Illustrated
Hanna Sprague (Michigan State)
PRO Sports Communications
Terrin Waack (Alabama)
Sporting News

2015

Kristen Gowdy (Ithaca)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Elpin Keshishzadeh (San Diego St.)
PRO Sports Communications
Beth Maiman (Oregon)
MLB.com
Ashley Scoby (Kentucky)
Sports Illustrated
Sarah Scrivens (Oregon)
CNN Sports
Alex Tekip (Michigan State)
ESPN

2014

Nicole Comparato (North Carolina)
CNN Sports
Erin Flynn (Richmond)
Sports Illustrated
Kelli Grashel (Oklahoma State)
USA Softball
Brooke Healey (Emory)
ESPN
Kalyn Kahler (Northwestern)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Grace Raynor (North Carolina)
MLB.com
Alexandria Valdez (Montana)
Denver Post

2013

Sarah Barshop (Marquette)
ESPN
Kelly Erickson (Wisconsin)
MLB.com
Maria Guardado (Yale)
Sports Illustrated
Brooke Pryor (North Carolina)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Caitlin Swieca (Missouri)
Denver Post
Megan Stewart (Arizona State)
Scholarship winner only

2012

Kimie Bunyasaranand (Penn)
Sports Illustrated
Paige Curtis (Virginia)
USA Swimming
Ros Dumalo (Illinois)
Denver Post
Chelsea Janes (Yale)
MLB.com
Kelly Parsons (North Carolina)
Washington Times
Tori Petry (Florida)
ESPN

2011

Emily Bayci (Illinois)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Christina De Nicola (Miami-FL)
MLB.com
Jamie Erdahl (American)
ESPN
Sarah Kuta (Northwestern)
Denver Post
Joan Niesen (Missouri)
Sports Illustrated
Audrey Snyder (Penn State)
MLB.com

2010

Mary Albl (Boise State)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Amanda Anderson (Maryland)
ESPN
Abbey Doran (North Carolina)
USA Track & Field
Marlowe Hereford (Marshall)
Salt Lake Tribune
Laken Litman (Texas)
Sports Illustrated
Gina Mizell (Arizona State)
MLB.com
Jocelyn Syrstad (Penn State)
MLB.com

2009

Lauren Blackwell (Oklahoma State)
ESPN
Amy Brittain (LSU)
MLB.com
Anne Larimer Hart (Virginia)
Sports Illustrated
Cecile Nguyen (Santa Clara)
USA Track & Field
Rachel Ullrich (North Carolina)
Raleigh News & Observer

2008

Lana Altman (NYU)
ESPN
Christine Amorose (Cal State Chico)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Lauren Bernheim (Ohio)
Sports Illustrated
Britt Braudo (Emerson)
Detroit News
Amber Kuehn Kremple (Montana)
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot
Sam Newman (North Carolina)
MLB.com
April Prior (Ohio)
MLB.com
Elizabeth Rauf (Montana)
Miami Herald
Gabriella Remington (North Carolina)
MLB.com

2007

Janiece Gatson (Kansas)
St. Petersburg Times
Jen Iso (Pepperdine)
ESPN
Lauren Kobylarz (Duke)
MLB.com
Elizabeth McCue (Texas)
Sports Illustrated
Krysten Powers (LSU)
Detroit News
Chelsea Thornton (Cal State Chico)
Salt Lake Tribune
Jenny Vrentas (Columbia)
Newark Star-Ledger
Kelcey Zutavern (Doane)
USA Track & Field

2006

DaShawn Brown (North Carolina)
ESPN
Briana Gorman (North Carolina)
Detroit News
Lisa Kennelly (Harvard)
Newark Star-Ledger
Jill McCormick (Colorado State)
USA Track & Field
Rebecca Plevin (Northwestern)
Sports Illustrated
Becky Regan (Cal State Chico)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Allison Tiberia (South Florida)
St. Petersburg Times

2005

Tania Ganguli (Northwestern)
Sports Illustrated
Jamie Hancock (North Carolina)
Detroit News
Erin Kendrick (Maryland)
Newark Star-Ledger
Dawn Klemish (Michigan State)
St. Petersburg Times
Megan Kolodgy (Michigan)
Cleveland Plain Dealer

2004

Stacy Bauman (Wisconsin)
Arizona Republic
Rosanna Chea (UCLA)
St. Petersburg Times
Maureen Fulton (Missouri)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Brenda Lee (Harvard)
Sports Illustrated
Larra Overton (Indiana)
ESPN
Sarah Rothschild (Northwestern)
Newark Star-Ledger

2003

Andrea Cohen (Northwestern)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kellie Dixon (North Carolina)
Arizona Republic
Tara Hernandez (Michigan State)
ESPN
Jessica Garrison (Virginia)
Sports Illustrated
Julia Wood (Georgetown)
St. Petersburg Times

2002

Lindsay Augustyn (Nebraska)
St. Petersburg Times
Emily Badger (Northwestern)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Abby Bultmeier (Purdue)
US Olympic Committee
Janny Hu (Cal-Berkeley)
Dallas Morning News
Jill Inkrott (Miami-OH)
Sports Illustrated
Krista Jahnke (Michigan State)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Nicole Ling (Northern Kentucky)
Nike
Kelly Lusk (North Carolina)
ESPN

2001

Rachel Carter Beard (North Carolina)
Newsday
Alexandra Berwitz (Syracuse)
Nike
Robyn Disney (South Florida)
St. Petersburg Times
Sarah Henning (Kansas)
Colorado Springs Gazette
Jessica Hopp (Missouri)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Kathleen O'Brien (Notre Dame)
Dallas Morning News
Melissa Segura (Santa Clara)
Sports Illustrated
Lauryn Taubman (Syracuse)
ESPN
LaKesha Whitaker (Memphis)
US Olympic Committee

2000

Stacy Covitz (Missouri)
ESPN
Megan Decicco (Cal State Chico)
Scholarship only
Carmen Drumgoole (Louisiana Tech)
Scholarship only
Carrie Garzich (Kent State)
Cincinnati Enquirer
Leslie Horna (Florida)
US Olympic Committee
Traci Johnson (Troy State)
St. Petersburg Times
Megan Manfull Ortiz (Iowa)
Newsday
Kristen Porter (Illinois)
Sports Illustrated
Dawn Reiss (Indiana)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Aimee Santos (San Jose State)
NHL
Andrea Woo (Northwestern)
Sports Illustrated

1999

Rachel Cohen (Duke)
Gannett
Jamie Meerpohl (Florida State)
WFNZ (Charlotte)
Kerry Murray (Cal State Fullerton)
Sports Illustrated
Hillary Smith (Michigan State)
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jennifer Starks (Fresno State)
St. Petersburg Times
Carla Swinehart (Wisconsin)
Nike
Michelle Tuckner (Kansas)
ESPN

1998

Courtney Crowley (James Madison)
Gannett
Danielle Rumore Lundquist (Michigan)
Detroit Free Press
Laura Nemec (Wisconsin)
St. Petersburg Times
Elizabeth Newman (Colorado)
Sports Illustrated
Katie-Daryl Sotak (Arizona State)
Sports Fan Radio Network
Sarah Taylor (Indiana)
Nike

1997

Pam Greenfield (Ohio)
Minnesota Vikings
Jennifer Harter (Indiana)
Cincinnati Enquirer
Mary Ann Lawrence (E. Kentucky)
St. Petersburg Times
Robbi Pickeral (North Carolina)
Sports Illustrated
Shira Springer (Northern Kentucky)
Rochester Democrat-Chronicle

1996

Joanna Chadwick (Missouri)
Sports Illustrated
Sheri Drucker (Northwestern)
ESPN
Valerie Panou (Wisconsin)
St. Petersburg Times
Jodie Valade (Northwestern)
San Bernardino Sun
Ayanna Wakefield (Oklahoma)
Minnesota Vikings

1995

Erin Flynn (LaSalle)
ESPN
Beth Neefjes (North Carolina)
Sports Illustrated
Penny Rogers (North Carolina)
Minnesota Vikings

1994

Rachel Nichols (Northwestern)
Washington Post

1993

Josie Karp (Harvard)
Boston Globe

1992

Lori Nickel (Indiana)
Sports Illustrated
Liz Robbins (Cornell)
Washington Post

1991

Amy Shipley (Princeton)
Washington Post

1990

Vicki Friedman (George Washington)
Philadelphia Inquirer

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