The Association for Women in Sports Media takes an ongoing interest in developing the skills and knowledge of our members and supporting their career paths and goals. AWSM is pleased to offer mid-career training grants of up to $1,000 to deserving AWSM members. Recipients are able to stay at the forefront of the ever-changing media landscape, as they further their career ambitions.
Joan Niesen (Fall 2015), a staff writer for Sports Illustrated and Chevonne Mansfield (Fall 2015), a director of communications for the American Athletic Conference were recent Mid-Career Training Grant recipients.
Niesen used her grant to take voice lessons, with the hopes of adding TV work to her resume in the future.
“Although I’m a writer first and foremost, I’m trying to refine and improve my on-air presence to add television work as a supplement to my primary job, and to do that, I’ve been taking and will continue to take voice lessons,” Niesen said. “I may naturally be the fastest talker in media. The grant money was a great way to cover the cost of those lessons, which have already improved my on-camera speaking and presence.”
Mansfield enrolled in the Poynter-Cronkite adjunct teaching certificate program offered through Arizona State University with her grant money.
“Winning the Mid-Career Training Grant will help me achieve one of my long term career goals of becoming a college professor. I greatly admire AWSM members like Lori Shontz, Vicki Michaelis and countless other professionals that have moved on to fruitful teaching careers after long-term success in the industry. The certificate, combined with my experience, will set me on the right career path to full-time teaching, and I am incredibly grateful to AWSM for the opportunity.”
The 2016 spring portion of the grant process is open until May 18, and AWSM is seeking qualified applicants.
For your application to be considered, you MUST meet the following requirements and supply all of the following:
• A completed application form. Click here for the form.
• A resume including your professional experience, formal education, professional development seminars or workshops, or other relevant training experiences.
• A statement of no more than 500 words describing how an AWSM Mid-Career Training Grant would help you. Please note funds CANNOT be used to attend the annual AWSM convention.
Applicants also must be current members of AWSM with up-to-date dues and fees. To join AWSM, click here.
AWSM student chapter members are NOT eligible to apply.
Please note recipient(s) must use their funds within six months of being named a Mid-Career Training Grant winner.
All materials must be received by May 18th, 2016.
Please direct all questions to Kelly Burke, AWSM’s VP of Professional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants will be notified in June.