APSE continues its commitment to collegiate sports journalists by awarding six scholarships for 2022. And for the second year in row, two scholarships have been awarded to students attending historically Black colleges and universities.
- Evan Gerike, who will be a senior at Indiana, is awarded the Jack Berniger Scholarship
- Jennifer Moglia, a sophomore at Quinnipiac, will receive the Roy Hewitt Scholarship
- Grant Johnson, a junior at James Madison, is awarded the Tim Wheatley Scholarship
- Shanti Furtado, a sophomore at UMass, will receive the Joe Sullivan Scholarship
- Alexis Davis, a graduate of NC A&T and a graduate student at Arizona State, along with Miles Johnson, a senior at Morehouse, are the recipients of the Garry D. Howard Scholarships.
The scholarships are for $1,250 apiece and are awarded based on the quality of the journalism, academic record and need. The scholarship was established in 2007 by then APSE president Mike Fannin. All six winners will also be given APSE student memberships.
Gerike, from Portage, Indiana, is studying sports media with a certificate in journalism and a minor in sports marketing and management. This semester, he will be working for the Hoosier Net, covering Indiana football for the third season. He spent the summer as an intern with the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
“Our APSE chapter is only about half a year old and I’m already excited about the opportunities it has provided me, and this is just another one,” said Gerike, the chapter’s president.
Moglia, from Mineola, New York, is majoring in sports journalism and is in the accelerated master’s degree program at Quinnipiac. She is the social media manager for the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network and the vice president of QU’s student chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media.
Moglia said her “passion for sports journalism” began when she was in high school.
Furtado, from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, has been working for UMass’ Daily Collegian. She is double majoring in journalism and communications, with a minor in business.
“In my work with UMass’ Daily Collegian newspaper, my primary goal consists of providing a platform for athletes that are often overlooked,” said Furtado. “Whether that be because of certain stereotypes attached to their gender, race, identity; I hope to further amplify these voices through written, and multimedia coverage.”
Grant Johnson is from Centerville, Virginia, and is the sports editor of James Madison’s award-winning student newspaper, The Breeze. He has bylines in five publications this summer, spanning sports and news, reporting on student-athlete mental health, the Denver Broncos and public transportation, among other topics.
Davis is from Bowie, Maryland, and graduated in the spring from NC A&T. She will be attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State for a master’s degree in sports journalism.
She spent the summer as an intern at the Commercial Appeal in Memphis as a member of the 30th class for the Sports Journalism Institute.
“My journalism journey has been a rollercoaster ride that I would not trade for the world,” said Davis. “From getting my start at Florida A&M University’s The Famuan by writing a basketball feature my freshman year to transferring to North Carolina A&T State University and receiving so much support and mentorship, it’s truly been worth it.”
Miles Johnson is from Philadelphia. He will serve as the managing editor for The Maroon Tiger, his school’s newspaper.
“Last school year I was the sports editor and sports producer of Tiger Tv which is the visual media side of the paper,” said Johnson. “I also have my own podcast I founded in July 2020 called Real Talk with MJ.”
Members of the APSE Scholarship committee are Eric Kolenich of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Naila Meyers of the Star Tribune, Julie Jag of the Salt Lake Tribune, Lisa Wilson of The Athletic, Emily Horos of The Arizona Republic, Jane Havsy of the Daily Record, and Phil Kaplan of the South Region of USA TODAY Network.