The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is proud to announce its 2011 Scholarship recipients.
Each year, NATAS-UMW Chapter Foundation awards $2,500 scholarships to high school students within our chapter region which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin.
This year, our scholarship committee recommended four out of more than a dozen applications to the NATAS-UMW Board of Governor’s which voted and approved the scholarships at its monthly meeting on April 7th, 2011.
Since 2002, the NATAS-UMW Chapter/Foundation has awarded 49 scholarships worth $98,000 to regional students who want to study media or journalism in college.
Averi Haugesag is a senior Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She got into the TV program there right away in her freshman year.
At Eastview, students have not only broadcast introductory classes, but their own TV show and studio. Averi dived right into The 4cast her junior year and The Flash her senior year. The 4cast is a daily news show, and The Flash is a weekly news magazine show. In both The 4cast and The Flash, Averi produced and directed shows, as well as run cameras, report, edit and anchor.
“When I found out I had won the NATAS Ed Piette Leadership scholarship, I was more than ecstatic, Haugesag told us. “I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to be the recipient of this award. Having this scholarship money will help me pay for the necessary courses, books, and supplies needed to get myself into the field broadcast journalism. I now have even more drive than before to be successful in my field of study, and I cannot wait to see what the next few years have in store for me,” said Haugesag.
Don Shelby Journalism Scholarship (Sponsored by Slumberland):
Ryan Turnquist is a senior at New London High School. Ryan sees his future in sports journalism and he’s off to a good start working on television sports productions at his school. Turnquist is also involved with the football, basketball and baseball teams. He dreams of one day being a broadcaster for his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins.
“It is humbling to receive an award named after such a beloved icon in journalism,” Turnquist said. “I plan to use this (scholarship) to aid in my pursuit of a major in journalism, “said Turnquist.
Ryan plans to double-major in journalism and mass communications at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.
“I am thrilled to be receiving this scholarship. From watching TV to filming my friends as a kid, to making short films and interning at television stations,” said Weiser. “I’ve always wanted to pursue television production, and I’m very thankful that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is supporting me in doing it.”
Chapter/Foundation Scholarship (Sponsored by Slumberland):
Kathryn has been active in news programs in her elementary, junior high and high school. “I want to thank you the Midwest Emmys, for awarding me the scholarship!, Kilgore said. “I am so excited to start getting into the mass communications industries, and this scholarship will be very helpful in getting me there! This scholarship is generous, and I feel very blessed to receive it.”