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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 application process for the 2022 AWSM Scholars class is open until Oct. 17, 2021. Contact the AWSM internship/scholarship team or the AWSM Board if you have any questions about the program.

special thanks

Host employers

ESPN, NCAA Digital at Turner Sports, Sports Illustrated and USA Softball will return as host employers for the 2022 internship/scholarship class. More host employers for the summer of 2022 will be announced at a later date.

2021 AWSM Scholars

Natalie Bode
North Carolina
NCAA Digital
Founders Scholarship

Natalie Bode is a senior at the University of North Carolina studying broadcast journalism and sports communication. She is originally from Brenham, Texas, and is a four-year student member of AWSM. She is a reporter and host for the ACC Digital Network, and serves as the face of UNC Athletics through her weekly student-athlete interview show, “Tar Heel Talks." This summer, Bode will be interning with first-time employer NCAA Digital and is the recipient of the Founders Scholarship.

Lauren Cochran
LSU
ESPN
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship

Lauren Cochran is a senior at Louisiana State University, where she’s studying mass communication with a minor in business administration. She previously worked as an associate producer for LSU Sports Properties and Live Events, as well as assistant sports director and web director for Tiger TV, the student-run television station. She grew up in Texas and has interned at Turner Sports and ESPN. Cochran is the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship winner and will intern with ESPN this summer.

Emily Leiker
Missouri
USA Today Sports
Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship

Emily Leiker is a junior at the University of Missouri studying Print and Digital Journalism with a minor in English. She currently covers Missouri football for the Columbia Missourian, and is the vice president of AWSM Missouri and president of APSE at Mizzou. Originally from Washington state, Leiker spent the 2020 summer in Raleigh, North Carolina, interning with the News & Observer. Leiker will join the staff at USA Today and is the Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship recipient.

Stormi Leonard
Arkansas Tech
USA Softball
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship

Stormi Leonard is a  grad student studying multimedia journalism at Arkansas Tech University. She’s worked as a grad assistant in the athletic communications office for  two years covering women’s tennis and men’s basketball. She was a reporter for the sports news show, The Roar Rundown, at Ouachita Baptist and has won awards for a sports podcast. Leonard will spend her summer interning with USA Softball in Oklahoma City as the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship winner.

Christina Long
Missouri
Star Tribune
Betty Brennan Scholarship

Christina Long is a senior at the University of Missouri studying journalism with an emphasis on magazine writing. She is originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has previously worked as a sports writer and editor at the Columbia Missourian and a correspondent covering Mizzou football for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also was one of four recipients of the Associated Press Sports Editors scholarship in 2020. She’ll be interning with first-time employer Star Tribune this summer and is the Betty Brennan Scholarship winner.

Daniela Perez
Texas
Orlando Sentinel
Jim Brennan Scholarship

Daniela Perez is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin studying Journalism and Latin American studies. She worked at the student run newspaper, The Daily Texan, as a sports reporter for two years with coverage ranging from soccer to football. The Boca Raton, Florida, native was a former intern at The Palm Beach Post and Sports Illustrated. She will be interning three hours from home at the Orlando Sentinel. Perez is also a member of the 2021 Sports Journalism Institute class and is the recipient of the Jim Brennan Scholarship.

Augusta Stone
Georgia
Sports Illustrated
Betty Jolly Scholarship

Augusta Stone is a senior at the University of Georgia, where she majors in journalism and political science. She has spent two years covering UGA football with the student-run Red & Black newspaper and has served as editor-in-chief and sports editor. A native of Chickamauga, Ga., Stone previously interned with Spectrum News 13 in Orlando, Florida, and The Charlotte Observer in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will spend summer 2021 interning with Sports Illustrated as AWSM’s Betty Jolly Scholarship winner.

Arianna Vedia
Texas - Arlington
Dallas Morning News
Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship

Arianna Vedia is a senior at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she is studying journalism and broadcast communication. The Fort Worth native is the engagement editor for The Shorthorn, UTA's student newspaper, after previously serving as sports editor and managing editor. Vedia is a member of the Sports Journalist Institute's class of 2019 and has interned at the Houston Chronicle. Vedia will be interning with the Dallas Morning News this summer and is the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship winner.

scholarships

AWSM thanks our generous donors for their continued support and the Sports Journalism Institute for their ongoing partnership. This program would not be possible without their backing. The application period opens each fall.

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

AWSM Interns

2020

Mari Faiello (Florida)
Orlando Sentinel
Aria Gerson (Michigan)
USA Today
Anna Glenn Grove (Georgia)
ESPN
Kennedi Landry (LSU)
MLB.com
Paige Leckie (Maryland)
MLB.com
Ally Lutter (Penn State)
CNN Sports
Chelsea Roemer (Missouri)
USA Softball
Riley Trujillo (Arizona State)
Sporting News

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 Dumlao (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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