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The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and ESPN have announced a new joint student scholarship to provide Black women with a path to sports media careers.
The scholarship assists one female undergraduate student and one female graduate student in the United States in pursuing careers in sports media.
“It has been wonderful to collaborate with ESPN to conceptualize this scholarship,” said Becky Brooks, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Executive Director. “Through this strong partnership, we’re proud to continue our work in pursuing greater diversity in the sports journalism work force.”
“Diversity and inclusion is ESPN’s #1 focus, and we want to support and create concrete ways to grow the pipeline of Black talent in the sports industry,” said Katina Arnold, Vice President, Corporate Communications at ESPN and Alliance for Women in Media Board Member. “The ESPN and AWMF scholarship is the perfect way to fulfill ESPN’s mission of supporting Black and African-American women pursuing careers in media.”
Applicants will be required to write an essay of 750 to 1,000 words, highlighting the importance of Black women in sports media.
Scholarship applications are due on November 20, 2020.
After judging the essays, the AWMF and ESPN will then select one upperclassman Black female undergraduate student winner and one Black female graduate student to receive the scholarships payable to each winning student’s educational institution.
Each winner will also receive one complimentary ticket to the Gracie Awards Luncheon in New York City in June 2021.