Vincent Chin’s legacy lives on. The brutal attack that took his life occurred late at night with few people around, but its reverberations spread across the country and have lasted for decades. Asian Americans came together to demand justice and found a common voice and purpose. Yet questions remain and justice goes undelivered.
In honor of Chin and thanks to the generosity of Joe Grimm, a former newsroom recruiter and staff development editor for the Detroit Free-Press, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has established a college scholarship. This scholarship rewards an accomplished, community-minded student journalist for an insightful, articulate essay related to Chin and his legacy.
Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship Recipients
AAJA is proud to recognize the winner of 2016’s Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship. Zara Zhang, a student at Harvard College, was awarded $500 for her essay. She is pursuing her studies in psychology and serves as senior editor for The Harvard Crimson. She hopes to one day be a voice that connects the cultures of US and China, with a focus on the tech industry.
Aneri Pattani, a student at Northeastern University in Boston, was the 2015 recipient of the Vincent Chin Memorial Scholarship. She plans on graduating in May 2017 and hopes to work for the New York Times or the Washington Post as a reporter or editor. Aneri would like to explore writing data-based stories and covering social issues such as education. She is currently working as the weekend metro reporter for the Boston Globe.
Eligibility and Rules
1. Applicants must be committed to AAJA’s mission.
2. Applicants must demonstrate journalistic excellence, a strong interest in pursuing journalism as a career, and a commitment to community involvement.
3. Applicants must be a current undergraduate student enrolled full time with at least 12 credit units each semester for the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018. Applicants must be currently taking or planning to take journalism courses and/or pursuing journalism as a career.
Candidates will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, financial need, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American/Pacific Islander issues. AAJA student membership is encouraged for all applicants and required for the selected scholarship recipients. For membership, please apply online at www.aaja.org.
Please email Justin Seiter with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to apply is April 16, 2017.