2004 Chick Hearn Scholarship

Zeus Ayter, a senior majoring in Broadcast Journalism at the USC Annenberg

Joe Saltzman, associate dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication; Marge Hearn, widow of Chick Hearn; Zeus Ayter, journalism student, USC Annenberg School for Communication and recipient of the Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship.

School for Communication, was named the first recipient of the 2004 USC Annenberg Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship during a pre-game ceremony at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs game on Friday, November 28. Presenting Ayter with his award were Marge Hearn and Associate Dean and Journalism Professor Joe Saltzman.

Ayter, who was thrilled to learn that he won the award, commented that "Chick Hearn was a pioneer in sports broadcasting because he put his personal stamp on every one of his broadcasts. I, too, hope to put my own stamp on sports journalism by creating innovative ideas and stories that will keep viewers intrigued. I think to myself 'if Chick could do it, so can I!'"

The USC Annenberg Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship was established by the Los Angeles Lakers following Hearn's death in August, 2002. The $100,000 endowment, funded by the Lakers and hundreds of Chick Hearn fans, will support a deserving USC Annenberg broadcast journalism student each year. The Scholarship also includes the Fox Sports Net Chick Hearn Memorial Internship, where the recipient will receive an opportunity to work on Lakers telecasts and Fox Sports Net pre-game programming.