Ed Piette was the first president of the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He served as General Manager of KSTP-TV and WCCO-TV before moving on to a similar job in Boston.
Scholarship applicants are asked to write an essay explaining how they demonstrated initiative or innovation on a project and how they solved problems they encountered. They are also asked what they learned about taking responsibility for the success or failure of the project. One Ed Piette is awarded each year.