By Joe Sullivan
One, Malika Andrews, has scoops up scholarship honors like Ozzie Smith fields ground balls.
Two others, Max Bultman and Christian Hardy, are supremely but quietly confident and rightfully so, as they’ve already accomplished quite a bit.
The final winner, Alex Schiffer, might be the busiest student in the United
States. OK, there’s no metric to measure that, but believe it, he’s really busy.
They are the winners of the 2016 APSE Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded to practicing student journalists with the criteria based on quality of work, academic achievement and financial needs. Students from all over the United States applied for the
$1,500 grants, making it highly competitive.
Andrews, who will be a senior at the University of Portland, is the recipient of the Roy Hewitt Scholarship.
Bultman, who will be a senior at Michigan, is the recipient of the Tim Wheatley Memorial Scholarship.
Hardy, who will be a junior at Kansas, is the recipient of the Jack Berninger Scholarship.
The final winner, Schiffer, will be a senior at Missouri.
Besides being an APSE Scholarship winner, Andrews has
won the Larry Whiteside Memorial Scholarship awarded by the National Association of Black Journalists Sports Task Force and was selected to the Sports Journalism Institute. She is interning at the Denver Post, where the highlight of the summer has been covering the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. She views herself as multimedia journalist. “If I could do anything, I’d like to be like Marc Spears or Ramona Shelburne, write and then get on TV and talk about it,’’ she said, “but I’m very writing focused. A lot of people ask me if I want to do TV, but I’d never give up writing.’’
(Andrews link to summer league story)
Bultman has an internship at the Sun-Sentinel in Florida and has written stories about the Dolphins, the Marlins, minor league soccer, college football, college baseball and the Major League Baseball draft. He also covers football for the Michigan Daily an
d that means dealing with a high-profile coach in Jim Harbaugh. He’s done well dealing with Harbaugh. “He gives a pretty good stink eye, that’s the worst I could say about him,’’ Bultman said. “He only did it to me once.’’
(Bultman link to Dolphins story)
Hardy says he “feels comfortable’’ writing about sports and he’s had his share of nice assignments this summer at the Kansas City Star. His best work, however, was a story about a summer league baseball team in rural Kansas that’s comprised mostly of Latin Americans. Maybe Star sports editor Jeff Rosen would consider it for the APSE contest.
(Hardy link to baseball story)
Schiffer is all about work; his high-level energy is easily detected by just having a conversation. He spent his summer working in the business news department at the Los Angeles Times, where he was able to combine sports and business for one story by writing about digital baseball cards. He’ll use that business experience by working as a reporter for the Missouri Business Alert this fall. But that’s not all. He’ll also do editing and reporting for a recruiting site, powermizzou.com, he’s lining up freelance assignments covering Missouri games, and, of course, he still has to go to class.
(Schiffer link to baseball card story)
The APSE Scholarship committee is comprised of Julie Jag of the Santa Cruz Sentinel; Jeff Kuehn of the Oakland, Mich., Press; Scott Monserud of the Denver Post; Joe Schiefelbein of the Baton Rouge Advocate; Mike Szvetitz of the Richmond Times-Dispatch; Lisa Wilson of the Buffalo News; and Joe Sullivan of the Boston Globe.