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Internships & Scholarships

Since 1990, AWSM has placed more 200 female college students interested in sports media careers (sports writing, broadcast production, social media and media relations) in paid summer internships. Each winner 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 period for summer 2023 has closed. The winners will be announced this winter. Contact the AWSM internship/scholarship team or the AWSM board if you have any questions about the program.

special thanks

Host employers

Sporting News and Sports Illustrated will return as host employers for the 2023 internship/scholarship class. AWSM welcomes Bally Sports as as a first-time scholar employer. More host employers will be announced in the coming weeks.

2022 AWSM Scholars

Candice Hatch
East Tennessee State University
Sporting News
Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship

Candice Hatch is a junior at East Tennessee State University, where she is double majoring in media and communication and sports management while also minoring in business. She works for the ETSU athletic department as a football media intern and a football manager. This summer, she will be interning with the Sporting News as the recipient of the Celeste Williams Memorial Scholarship.

Claire Kuwana
Northwstern University
Dallas Morning News
Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship

Claire Kuwana is a senior at Northwestern University studying science, journalism and economics as part of her double major. She became a student member of AWSM in 2020 and is the co-president of the AWSM at Northwestern chapter and was a member of the 2021 SJI class. Kuwana has been selected as Mary Garber/APSE Scholarship recipient and will intern at the Dallas Morning News.

Mallory Schnell
Arizona State University
NCAA Digital at Turner Sports
Founders Scholarship

Mallory Schnell is a senior at Arizona State University, where she majors in sports journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is originally from South Florida, where she most recently served as an intern for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She currently works as a PR/media relations intern for the Arizona Coyotes as well as producer/social media coordinator for PHNX Sports. Schnell will be interning with NCAA Digital at Turner Sports as the Founders Scholarship winner.

Amna Subhan
Arizona State University
Sports Illustrated
Jim Brennan Scholarship

Amna Subhan is a senior at Arizona State University studying sports journalism and is currently interning with NCAA Digital as an editorial intern. In 2021 she was selected to intern with Southern California News Group as a SJI recipient, including work for L.A. Daily News and Orange County Register. In the past three years, she has also contributed to the Arizona Republic, Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. This summer, she has been selected to the receive the Jim Brennan Scholarship and will be interning with Sports Illustrated.

Payton Titus
University of Florida
Yahoo Sports
Betty Brennan Scholarship

Payton Titus is a junior at the University of Florida specializing in sports and media and minoring in women's studies. She has previously worked at the Tampa Bay Times, the Independent Florida Alligator and WUFT News. She will be interning at Yahoo Sports through AWSM's partnership with the Sports Journalism Institute as a part of their 2022 class. She is a member of the AWSM Florida student chapter and this year's recipient of the Betty Brennan Scholarship.

Emma Trainor
Oklahoma State University
USA Softball
Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship

Emma Trainor is a junior at Oklahoma State University studying sports management and marketing communications. She has spent three years as a communications intern with the athletic department at Oklahoma State, including now serving as the Equestrian sports information director. She has also been a media relations team member for both the Big 12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference. Trainor will be spending her summer in Oklahoma City with USA Softball as the Joyce-Jenks Family Scholarship winner.

DonA Traylor-Askew
University of Georgia
ESPN
Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship

DonA Traylor-Askew is junior at the University of Georgia. She was one of 11 students to be named as a 2022 McGill Fellow by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has spent the past two years as a reporter and producer for Grady Sportsource for both their studio shows and live broadcasts. This summer she has been selected as the recipient of the Leah Siegel Memorial Scholarship and will be interning in Los Angeles at ESPN.

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

2021

Natalie Bode (North Carolina)
NCAA Digital
Emily Leiker (Missouri)
USA Today
Stormi Leonard (Arkansas Tech)
USA Softball
Christina Long (Missouri)
Star Tribune
Augusta Stone (Georgia)
Sports Illustrated
Arianna Vedia (Texas-Arlington)
Dallas Morning News

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 DeMeyer (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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