2019 Upper Midwest Emmy® Scholarship Recipients

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundation is proud to announce its 2019 Scholarship recipients.

Each year, NATAS-UMW Foundation awards several scholarships to students within our chapter region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin).

This year, thanks to help from generous sponsorship contributions from Slumberland, the Carlini family as well as our chapter members and past Gold & Silver Circle recipients, we are able to award $4,000 in scholarships to area students! This year, each scholarship recipient will receive $2,000 for tuition & books costs for school in the fall of 2019.

Since 2002, the NATAS-UMW Foundation has awarded 86 scholarships worth $203,500 to regional students who want to study media production or journalism in college.



Haley Larson – Minneapolis South High School

HALEY LARSON – MINNEAPOLIS SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL – Haley is a senior with dreams of becoming a filmmaker. She’s involved with her school’s Theater, Conspiracy Club, Between Water and Sky, Access/Print Programs. Access/Print is a merit-based extracurricular program that admits a small number of students each year, based on their portfolio and personal interviews. The students learn various fine art printmaking techniques, and then plan and execute a series of independent projects resulting in a gallery exhibit that they curate and hang with their fellow students.

Haley excels both in planning and learning how to execute her vision. She is able to articulate her ideas, explain further with sketches, modify as needed based on trials and execute an ambitious project by utilizing her time wisely. Next year, Haley will study film making at the Kansas City Art Institute.

“I would like to thank the Upper Midwest Emmy Foundation and its sponsors for this scholarship. It is an incredible honor to be awarded this prize. At school, I am taking four visual arts classes, one of which is me building a new film class curriculum with our digital arts teacher. I work on class computers and learn how to use Adobe programs like a professional. In the fall I will probably be going to Kansas City Art Institute to study Filmmaking. This scholarship will help me to pay for a good portion of my tuition, enabling me to focus on my passion for storytelling instead of working off tuition. My goals are to someday be a recognized artist in the film field who makes a change in the fundamental ways we tell visual stories. Thank you again for aiding me in achieving this dream. Thank you.” – Haley Larson.


CARLINI MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP (Sponsored by Carlini Family)

Laney Kraus-Taddeo — University of Northern Iowa

LANEY KRAUS-TADDEO UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA: Laney is a digital media student who loves to do it all! Write, shoot, edit & design everything from films to local TV production. She is an Audio & Video Specialist at the University of Northern Iowa and has worked on sports productions and a commercial editing intern at KWWL-TV.

Laney has numerous media production honors including Sundance Film Festival finalist in technical and humanitarian awards, Los Angeles Cinefest Film Festival Short Film Semi-Finalist, Top Indie Film Awards Best Student Film Nominee & Best Original Idea Nominee- Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance Short Film Showcase , The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Crystal Pillar Award Recipient for College Editor and Student AV All Star, National #BetheChange video winner from agency Dream Team Directors, and NBCUniversal CPTR’D Contest for The Ultimate Goal documentary.

“Thank you so much for this wonderful award. I really appreciate everyone involved with the Upper Midwest Emmy’s and its sponsors Slumberland and the Carlini Family. I’m so honored to be one of this year’s Upper Midwest Emmy® scholarship recipients. The Upper Midwest Emmy’s has been encouraging me since my sophomore year in college and I’m so thankful for the continued support for graduate school. To be named with this esteemed organization is such a privilege, thank you NATAS and the Midwest Emmy’s for this incredible opportunity. I can’t wait to continue my work and make you proud!” — Laney Kraus-Taddeo 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2019 SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS If you’d like to help sponsor future NATAS scholarships, follow the link below for a form to send in your fully tax-deductible donation. Click Here for NATAS-UMW Scholarship Donation form

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