Commemorating the fourth anniversary of his passing, U SPORTS is proud to announce the application process for the third annual Peter Watts Memorial Grant for prospective Canadian university journalism students.

The $3,000 annual grant was established in January of 2020 for a period of six years and will be given to a student entering their first year of studies in a journalism, media or communications program at a university registered with Universities Canada. Students graduating high school and beginning their university education, as well as those with prior post-secondary experience in another field who intend to pursue further studies in one of these areas will both be accepted.

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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 his signature signoff “Go out and make it a safe and happy day.”

Last year, the grant was awarded to Ella Milloy, who began her post-graduate studies at the Carleton School of Journalism in 2021 after completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a double minor in Communications and French at McGill University.

Milloy is also a member of the Ravens swim team and a former member of the McGill swim team, where she took on the role of running the team’s social media channels.

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“I feel truly honoured to have received this year’s Peter Watts Memorial Grant. This award is helping me pursue my Masters of Journalism at Carleton University. I hope to carry on Peter’s legacy as I learn new journalistic skills and while competing for the Carleton Ravens swim team. Thank you again to the Watts family for their generosity.”

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Grant Criteria

Prospective students can apply for the grant from Mar. 15-Aug. 31 to communications@usports.ca  with the following: 

  1. A copy of your resume
  2. A short essay answering why is it important for you to pursue journalism and/or media studies? (1,000 word maximum)
  3. 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