Applications for the 2019-2020 Steve Mason Sports Media Scholarship are being accepted through May 21. Apply now!
Steve Mason has been the co-host of the long-running “Mason & Ireland,” the top-rated sports talk radio show in Los Angeles, for nearly a decade. He is also a regular contributor for KTTV Fox 11/Los Angeles where he regularly contributes on “Good Day LA” and has also guest hosted for Steve Edwards on the successful long-running Los Angeles television morning show. Mason was born in Altoona, PA and raised in Toledo, OH. By the time he was 15, he was already hosting a daily radio show, and by 20, while attending Bowling Green State University, he was the host of the #1-rated morning radio show in Toledo. He has enjoyed a varied broadcast career, including as morning show host of the first all-sports radio station in America, The Mighty 690 in San Diego in 1992. In 1994, he teamed with John Ireland for “The Mason & Ireland Show,” which aired simultaneously on XTRA Sports 690/San Diego, XTRA Sports 1150/Los Angeles and on LA’s Fox Sports West (TV). He became well known nationally for his work with broadcast legend Tom Snyder on “The Late, Late Radio Show with Tom Snyder & Steve Mason” for CBS Radio Network, interviewing hundreds of celebrities from all walks of life including Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Dolly Parton, Billy Bob Thornton, Gena Rowlands, Mike Leigh, Steve Allen, President Jimmy Carter, Brandon Tartikoff, Brenda Blethyn, Anthony Minghella, Les Moonvies, Catherine Zeta-Jones, James Cromwell, Owen Wilson, then-Texas Rangers owner George W. Bush and many more. Mason came out on-air in March 2016.
The scholarship award for the 2019-2020 academic year will provide $2,500 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans to pursue a career in sports journalism.
Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism and be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to sports journalism as a profession. Selection will be based on journalistic and scholastic ability and their capability to creatively demonstrate their pursuit to cover sports in the journalism industry. Applicants also must demonstrate a dedication and understanding of the importance of fair and accurate news coverage.
For undergraduates, a declared major in journalism and/or communications is desirable but not required. Non-journalism majors may demonstrate their commitment to a journalism career through work samples, internships and work on a school news publication, online news service or broadcast affiliate.
Graduate students must be enrolled in a journalism program.
Applicants must be NLGJA members in good standing.
Who Can Apply
- Current or incoming undergrad students enrolled in a U.S. community college or four-year university with a demonstrated commitment to journalism. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required.
- Current or incoming graduate students enrolled in an accredited journalism or mass communications field. Proof of acceptance or current enrollment required.
How to Apply
A complete application package should be submitted electronically. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Application packages should include:
- One-page résumé.
- Submit a vlog or podcast/audio clip that demonstrates your journalistic approach of covering sports news. Be creative on the stories and sports coverage you decide to feature in your vlog or podcast/audio clip. Audio or video submissions should be between 2 and 5 minutes.
- Submit three to five work samples as described below. These work samples can be uploaded to a blog website (WordPress, Tumblr, Wix, SquareSpace, etc.)
- Work Samples:
- Print – Samples written by the applicant and published in a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online news service.
- Video – Samples produced and published by the applicant in a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online news service. Work samples may contain more than one story but should be no longer than 10 minutes.
- Audio – Samples produced and published by the applicant in a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online news service.Work samples may contain more than one story but should be no longer than 10 minutes.
- Photographic – Images should be examples of published work from a high school, college or community newspaper, magazine or online news service.
- Work samples may contain more than one story but should include no more than 30 photographs in the entire of the submission. Published submissions and/or originals should be submitted in *.jpg, *.pdf, *.tif or *.gif formats if not uploaded to a blog website.
- Proof of attendance: a letter of acceptance or a letter of enrollment from a U.S. community college or four-year university (contact Sachelle@nlgja.org for exceptions). Scanned copies accepted.
There is no application fee for the Steve Mason Sports Media Scholarship.
Deadline and Schedule
Applications are due May 21. NLGJA is not responsible for any incomplete or late applications, nor any late applications due to e-mail delays.
*Any undelivered application will be considered incomplete.
Application and receipt of the NLGJA Sport Scholarship will be considered a Contract of Excellence between applicant and NLGJA. The contract commits the student to a level of academic achievement and to a continuing role as a member of NLGJA. Specifically, the contract requires the scholarship recipient to:
- Maintain a 3.2-point grade average during the academic year that the scholarship is awarded. If the grade point average falls below 3.0, the student may be ineligible to receive subsequent scholarship disbursements.
- Provide NLGJA with transcripts for each term covered by the scholarship.