$1,500 Emmy® Student Scholarships

High school seniors & college students…

Let the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter/Foundation help you pay for some of your school tuition!  We’d like to thank 2020 Scholarship Sponsors Slumberland Furniture, Carlini & Fransen Families. Deadline for scholarship applications is Friday January 31st, 2020.

The NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation offers $1,500 student scholarship grants to be used for tuition & books.  We even pay the school directly so you don’t have to claim it as income for taxes!

Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college/university sophomores & juniors or graduate students living or attending school in the five-state area served by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa & western Wisconsin)

For consideration scholarship applicants must:

  1. Be accepted into an accredited post-secondary school.
  2. Submit completed online scholarship grant application form.
  3. Submit completed relevant essay. College scholarships require an additional Video Link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) of your best work. Time Limit: 15 minutes.
  4. Submit a copy of your most recent high school/college transcript.
  5. Letter or letters of recommendation from relevant faculty or advisors.  Letters of recommendation can be accepted via email info@midwestemmys.org , providing it comes directly from the faculty or advisor’s school account.  Hard copy letters should be signed and printed on letterhead paper.
  6. Each scholarship requires the student to write a mandatory essay for the scholarships offered.  Essays will be judged based on your ability to focus on the topic, answer the question and stay within the 450 word limit.  We will also pay attention to spelling and grammar.

Completed application, essay, transcript, Video Link (if necessary) and letters of recommendation must be completed by January 31st, 2020.  You may also email materials to info@midwestemmys.org.  

Scholarship recipients will be announced in March, 2020.  Payments to schools will be made in August, 2020.

Special thanks to Slumberland Furniture for its continued support of NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation Scholarships.  Slumberland has supported scholarships for our local high school and college students for more than a decade.


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HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA & JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIPS: Open to high school seniors planning to major in electronic media or video journalism  and have been accepted into an accredited post-secondary college or university for the fall of 2020.  The scholarship will be used for tuition and fees. 

Click here to apply online for NATAS – Upper Midwest Emmy® High School Scholarship 

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS: Open to college/university/graduate students majoring in electronic video media/communications.  The grants will be used for tuition and fees.  

Bob Fransen Leadership Scholarship: Open to college/university/technical students majoring in electronic media production or video journalism . The scholarship will be used for tuition and fees.


Ulysses CarliniUlysses Carlini Media Scholarship: The Ulysses Carlini Media Scholarship will be awarded to an individual who aspires to a career in commercial television, video media or filmmaking. Ulysses Carlini began his career in 1953 and dedicated his career to television programming fit for the entire family.


Send any hard copy application packets to: NATAS-Upper Midwest Scholarship Committee c/o John Murray 7319 Hunters Run Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55346


You can make a fully tax-deductible donation to the NATAS – Upper Midwest Chapter Foundation.  We are an officially recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.  All money raised goes into scholarships and distributed directly to the student’s school for tuition and books.

Media-related individuals, companies or organizations may sponsor a NATAS – UMW student scholarship.  Sponsorship includes:

  • Participating in the scholarship selection process
  • Presentation of scholarship at school award ceremony (pending school approval)
  • Company logo recognition on scholarship award presented
  • Company logo with links in scholarship web and mass email promotion as well as printed in Student Awards and Emmy® Gala commemorative program.

Click Here for NATAS-UMW Scholarship Donation form

Questions:  John Murray   info@midwestemmys.org 952-381-7494

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