AAJA Chicago is proud to announce that Vivian La, a junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was awarded the 2023 David Ibata Print Scholarship to intern at the Chicago Tribune.

Vivian La is a junior majoring in journalism with a minor in biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At UIUC, she’s an editor at the school newspaper, The Daily Illini. She has worked at WILL, the local NPR station, and serves as the current president of the school’s chapter of AAJA. She’s interested in science journalism and has conducted research on generational trauma. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and is excited to intern at a publication that she’s grown up reading!

About the scholarship

AAJA Chicago’s scholarship is given in honor of chapter co-founder and longtime Chicago Tribune journalist David Ibata for his dedication to empowering the voices of Asian Americans.  

The scholarship winner will receive valuable, hands-on reporting experience at a newsroom focused on journalism that serves the Chicago region across fault lines and emerging strategies to reach readers wherever they are.