Hey Students! 


Let NATAS-Upper Midwest help you pay for some of your tuition & books for college.

We offer $1,500 scholarship grants to students planning to major in journalism, broadcasting or electronic media at an accredited post-secondary educational institution.


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 2021 Scholarship Sponsors Carlini & Fransen Families. Deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, February 1st, 2021.


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:

  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, 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 February 1st, 2021. 

You may also email materials to

Scholarship recipients will be announced in March, 2021. Payments to schools will be made in August, 2021


The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundation is offering Grant Opportunities to help make students’ academic achievement dreams come true.

Submit all applications by Monday, February 1st, 2021.


To enhance the learning experience of media students in our chapter region’s high schools and/or 501(c)(3) secondary and post-secondary educational organizations by acquiring and distributing resources related to video production, television, and/or broadcast journalism.

Proposals should match the following criteria:

Should describe materials, equipment, and/or an experience that cannot be purchased through the school or organization’s regular budget process.

Have a high probability of significant impact on student achievement and engagement.


Fit with the District’s or Organization’s Strategic Plan (if one exists).

Have a specific budget and explanation of how the funds will be spent prior August 1st, 2021.


Impact a significant number of students and/or impact a small number of students in a significant way over time.


Be primarily non-consumable (consumable items & training are allowable, if needed to use new equipment).

Some reasons why grant requests will not be approved include:
  • If you have received an Upper Midwest Emmy® Classroom Grant within the past two school years.
  • Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation grants cannot be used to fund travel expenses of students/staff, teacher stipends, costs of reserve teachers, classroom furniture, or grant requests of less than $500 or more than $2,000.
  • Any proposals, which are not related to academic achievement in the areas of video production, television, and/or broadcast journalism, cannot be funded.
  • If the cost per student is exceptionally high and/or the number of students affected is very low, then it cannot be funded.
  • If the goal of the project is unclear or does not have a sound plan to measure success, then it cannot be funded.
  • If the proposal requests the purchase of technology or software that cannot be sustained by the school or organization, then it cannot be funded. Or, if the proposal requests funds that could be funded by other established sources within the school or organization, then it cannot be funded by UPPER MIDWEST EMMY® CHAPTER/FOUNDATION.

If you have any questions, or would like to submit a grant, you may e-mail them to


THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES – UPPER MIDWEST CHAPTER/FOUNDATION will recognize students who are an incredible technical asset to the overall success of a school or non-profit educational student video media program.


These are the hardest working, most engaged and active students in the school’s video program or club. The go-to students who help keep you on the air.

Educators may nominate one student from their school or organization’s media program. Students can be Juniors or Seniors and should be behind-the-scenes production personnel. 


Nomination deadline is Monday, February 1st, 2021.


Honorees will be recognized during the 2021 Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation Student Production Awards video ceremony on Thursday April 15th.