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 2017-2018 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 2017 and spring 2018 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 required for applicants and 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 Sunday, July 30, 2017.


If you have any questions, contact scholarship co-chairs Lauren Kawana (lauren.akie@gmail.com) or Brian Nguyen (bhnguyen93@gmail.com).

Please join us in congratulating our past winners:


  • Siqi Lin, Stanford University
  • Samantha Clark, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
  • Celine Herrera, San Francisco State University
  • Payaal Zaveri, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism
  • Jordan Earl Lalata, San Francisco State University


  • 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.