In the spirit of honoring the hard work and strong enthusiasm of our growing roster of student chapters, AWSM instituted a “Student Chapter of the Year” award in February 2013.
AWSM’s chapter of the year winner will receive a commemorative plaque and recognition at the organization’s national convention each year. Also, as of 2014, the reward for being named AWSM’s student chapter of the year includes two comped convention registrations and two comped student memberships for the following year.
2015-16 Student Chapter of the Year winner: AWSM@Michigan State
AWSM@Michigan State, pictured above, has won the fourth annual “Student Chapter of the Year” award.
The group tripled its roster size to close to 50 members and focused on a blend of programming that prepared students for professional careers in sports media — including putting a heavy emphasis on finding internships and volunteer opportunities — and built the camaraderie that mirrors AWSM’s overall support system.
Some highlights from Michigan State’s year include holding Q&As with the LPGA’s Kelly Thesier Schultz and ESPN’s Shelley Smith, participating in a media relations/marketing/communications networking panel with the Detroit Red Wings and making holiday cards for patients at a local children’s hospital. Members have worked, interned or volunteered with the Detroit Tigers, local television stations, ESPN, Michigan State’s athletic communications department and the Big Ten Network throughout the year. Read more on Michigan State’s accomplishments.
Rules for applying
The rules and procedure for AWSM’s student chapters are simple:
• Each chapter is eligible and can apply for the award.
• There are four components to the application, off a 100-point scale:
1. A short (600 words or less) essay summarizing the chapter’s accomplishments over the school year and stating why it feels it should be the chapter of the year (worth 50 points).
2. Describe the chapter’s programming over the year (20 points).
3. Show how the chapter has grown or recruited new full AWSM chapter/national members over the course of the year (20 points).
4. Describe the chapter’s goals for the future and how they fit in AWSM’s core missions to support and help women in sports media (10 points).
The application should have the four parts emailed to the student chapter coordinator on AWSM’s Board. Applications will be evaluated by AWSM’s Board to determine the winner.
The winner will be notified early enough, in order to give them enough time to make plans to attend the convention and accept the award in person.