Meet our newly selected 2019 AWSM Scholars

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Katie McInerney
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The Association for Women in Sports Media is elated to announce the newest class of AWSM Scholars.

Since 1990, AWSM has placed female college students interested in sports media careers in paid summer internships in the industry. The eight young women who received placements this year demonstrated their talent, integrity and drive throughout our competitive application process.

In addition to the paid internship, winners receive a $1,000 scholarship and will attend our annual convention, taking place in June 2019 in Tampa, Fla.

This program wouldn’t be possible without our generous donors:

  • Christine Brennan, sponsoring the Betty Brennan Scholarship and Jim Brennan Scholarship
  • Martin Doerfler and Kristin Huckshorn, sponsoring the Founders Scholarship
  • Jim Jenks, sponsoring the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship
  • Tom Jolly, sponsoring the Betty Jolly Scholarship
  • Myra MacPherson, sponsoring the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship
  • Jorge Rojas and Jim Jenks, sponsoring the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship
  • The Associated Press Sports Editors, sponsoring the Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship

CNN Sports, ESPN, MLB.com, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, USA Softball and USA Today return as host employers for this internship class. AWSM also welcomes the WNBA's Connecticut Sun, a first-time host, in 2019.

Meet the 2019 AWSM Scholars:

Tess DeMeyer is a junior concentrating in English at Brown University. A native of Clyo, Ga., she is a senior reporter for the sports section of The Brown Daily Herald and a staff writer for The Critical Review. She has interned at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Effingham Magazine in Rincon, Ga. She also volunteers as a peer adviser to underclassmen at Brown. DeMeyer was placed with USA Today in McLean, Va., and will receive the Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship.

Emily Ducker is a junior double-majoring in journalism and sports business at Arizona State University. A Redwood City, Calif., native, Ducker is a media relations student assistant for ASU athletics and has worked with 15 of the school’s Division I teams. She also works as a communications assistant for the Phoenix Suns and serves as vice president of ASU’s AWSM student chapter. Ducker will intern with the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn., and will receive the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Torrey Hart is a senior at Claremont McKenna College double-majoring in American studies and media studies. An Oakland, Calif., native, she covers swimming at all levels for SwimSwam.com. She has worked as an editorial intern at Yahoo! and as a writer for the Claremont Colleges' The Student Life newspaper. On campus, she swims distance freestyle for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swim team. Hart is the recipient of the Founders Scholarship and will intern with Sports Illustrated in New York.

Ashley Hodge is a senior sports communication major at Clemson University. A Newburyport, Mass. native, Hodge has worked as a video intern in the athletic department and served as the host for several TigerVision shows at CU. She has interned at New England Sports Network, WHDH-TV and CSN New England, all in Boston. Hodge, who will intern with ESPN in Bristol, Conn., is the recipient of the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship.

Devin Kane is a junior studying strategic communications at the University of Missouri. Kane, who is from Edwardsville, Ill., has interned for the Mizzou athletics strategic communications department for three years. She serves as the digital coordinator for the AWSM student chapter at Missouri and has worked on the social media team for the Women’s College World Series and the NCAA Division I wrestling national championships. Kane, who will receive the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship, will intern with USA Softball in Oklahoma City.

Meghan Kelly is a senior double-majoring in sociology and film, television and theatre at the University of Notre Dame. A native of DeWitt, Mich., she is a video editor for the College of Arts & Letters office of communications and for Fighting Irish Media. She is also a member of the Notre Dame Band. In 2017, she studied abroad in London. Kelly will receive the Jim Brennan Scholarship and will intern at CNN in Atlanta.

Stephanie Sheehan is a senior majoring in journalism and communications at the University of Connecticut. A Fairfield, Conn., native, Sheehan has been the managing editor of The Daily Campus for two years and has covered men's basketball for three. She’s a former Hartford Courant intern and has freelanced for USA Today Sports Weekly and the Cape Cod Times. She will be studying abroad this winter in Taiwan. Sheehan will receive the Betty Jolly Scholarship and intern with MLB.com.

Jamila St. Ann is a graduate student in the Spanish literature master’s program at the University of Missouri. A Kansas City native, St. Ann is the director of multimedia for Mizzou soccer and a member of the university’s student chapter of AWSM. She’s completed internships with the MLS’ Sporting Kansas City and the USL’s Swope Park Rangers; and studied abroad in Grenada, Spain. She will be spending her summer with the Sporting News in Charlotte and will receive the Betty Brennan Scholarship.

If you’d like to help support the AWSM Scholars program, please reach out to Katie McInerney, VP/student programs, or Beth Maiman, scholarship/internship coordinator, for more information: awsminternship@gmail.com, k.n.mcinerney@gmail.com or bethmaiman@gmail.com.

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