Every year, AAJA SF awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to outstanding high school seniors and college students who have a permanent SF Bay Area address or attend school in the Bay Area and who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism. Students are judged based on their journalistic ability, commitment to journalism, sensitivity to Asian Pacific American issues, financial need and scholastic achievement.

The AAJA-SF 2016 scholarship application period is now open.


The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association is giving up to $5,000 this year to student journalists.  Awards can range from $500 to $2000.

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student enrolled full-time with at least 12 credit units for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 school year. Additionally, they must be taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career. Finally, they must be attending school in the San Francisco Bay Area or have a permanent address in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applicants need not be Asian American/Pacific Islander in order to apply.

AAJA membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients. For membership, please apply online at aaja.org.

To apply, fill out the Google form below and email all required materials no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, July 1, 2016.


If you have any questions, contact scholarship chair Lauren Kawana (lauren.akie@gmail.com).

Please join us in congratulating our 2015 winners:

Saurabh Datar

Tam Duong

Fei Fan

Haley Kim

Alyssa Perry

Jason Pham

Preston Yeung

Jieqian Zhang

We want to thank everyone for supporting our annual fundraisers by attending the events, bringing family and friends, donating, volunteering or bidding on silent auction items. This scholarship program would not be possible without your support and the support of our event sponsors.