Commemorating the one-year anniversary of his passing, U SPORTS announced Friday the Peter Watts Memorial Grant for prospective Canadian university journalism students.
The $3,000 annual grant will be given to an incoming first-year student for the next six years, to be put towards their education in journalism, media studies or communications at a university registered with Universities Canada. The first grant will be awarded to a student beginning their studies in the Fall of 2020.
Watts, who died on January 18, 2019, was known for his work at CBC and TSN, and particularly his lifelong support for Canadian university student-athletes. He was a driving force behind the Queen’s University radio station CFRC, while also managing the Gaels football and hockey teams. Later in his career, Watts served as a media relations consultant for the Lieutenant Governor Athletic Awards held in Calgary, honouring the U SPORTS Athletes of the Year.
A colleague and friend to many in the sports media industry, Watts was known for signature signoff “Go out and make it a safe and happy day.”
Prospective students can apply for the grant by March 31, 2020 to PWmemorialgrant@usports.ca with the following:
- A copy of your resume
- A short essay answering why is it important for you to pursue journalism and/or media studies? (1,000 word maximum)
- An example of an article, interview or media clip that you have produced.
A selection committee will review all applications, with a selection announcement to be made at a later date. Proof of university acceptance and admittance will be required.
Note: This grant is gratefully subsidized by the Peter Watts Memorial Media Foundation and independent of the U SPORTS Correspondent Program Presented by the Globe and Mail.