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2013 Scholarship Recipients Announced!

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is proud to announce its 2013 Scholarship recipients.

Each year, NATAS-UMW Chapter/Foundation awards several $2,500 scholarships to high school and college/university students within our chapter region (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin).

color logoThis year, thanks to help from generous sponsorship contributions from SlumberlandHubbard Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television, as well as our chapter members and past Gold & Silver Circle recipients, we were able to award $15,000 in scholarships to area students!

Since 2002, the NATAS-UMW Chapter/Foundation has awarded 60 scholarships worth $125,500 to regional students who want to study media or journalism in college


Jacqueline Schutte - Wartburg College (Waverly, IA)
Jacqueline Schutte – Wartburg College (Waverly, IA)

Ed Piette Leadership Scholarship – (Sponsor: Hubbard Broadcasting)

Jacqueline Schutte – Wartburg College (Waverly, IA)

Jacque is a junior at Wartburg College where she is working toward a major in Communication Arts and a minor in leadership. Schutte also serves as the Station Manager of Wartburg Television.  She intends to pursue a career as a morning show anchor-producer. “I realize going to college is a privilege not known to everyone.  I am extremely grateful to my family for all they have done to help me attend college.  This scholarship will be extremely helpful in aiding to finance my college education.  I am very appreciative of the Upper Midwest National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for rewarding me with this scholarship.”


Macy Egeland - Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Macy Egeland – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

Don Shelby Journalism Scholarship – (Sponsor: Slumberland)

Macy Egeland – MSU Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)

Macy is a Senior at Minnesota State University- Moorhead where she’s been a part of the Campus News TV program for 2 years now. This spring Egeland was the Major Events producer as well as an anchor. “I cannot even begin to describe how grateful I am to receive the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences- Upper Midwest Chapter Don Shelby Scholarship. It means so much to me to receive this gift that will help further my education. I have never been more passionate about anything as I am about TV news. Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient.” 


Joshua Spreiter - Southwest Minnesota State University
Joshua Spreiter – Southwest Minnesota State University

Tpt Public Media Scholarship– (Sponsor: Twin Cities Public Television)

Joshua Spreiter – Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall, MN)

Josh is the Assistant News Director for KSSU-TV, the campus television station in Marshall, Minnesota.  Spreiter is an anchor/reporter, assignment editor and produces a weekly news show. “I grew up watching the local news and dreamed of a future in television.  Some people would describe me as a little nutty about the news.  I cannot get enough of it. Currently, My goal is to become a news anchor or reporter after I graduate from college. I am sincerely grateful for being a recipient of the 2013 NATAS – Upper Midwest Scholarship.  Thank you for this amazing opportunity in pursuing my dream of being on television.”


High School Scholarships

Jan Ryherd - Webster City High School (Webster City, IA)
Jan Ryherd – Webster City High School (Webster City, IA)

Joel Pfister Journalism Scholarship – (Sponsor: NATAS Chapter & Members)

Jan Ryherd – Webster City High School (Webster City, IA)

Jan is a senior at Webster City High School where she’s been heavily involved in the weekly broadcast program, WCTV.  Over the past three years, Ryherd discovered her passion for broadcasting while being an on-air talent, a student director, and the technical director of WCTV. “If you’re looking for me at the high school, I can usually be found in the control room editing, designing graphics, or running cameras. I thank WCTV for starting me off in the broadcast field and I am very grateful to receive the Joel and Teresa Pfister Scholarship to help finance my higher education.”  Next year, Ryherd will attend Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa majoring in Mass Communications/ Journalism and minoring in Business.


Ravyn Silva – Eastview High School
Ravyn Silva – Eastview High School

NATAS Chapter/Foundation Scholarship – (Sponsor: Slumberland)

Ravyn Silva – Eastview High School (Eagan, MN)

Ravyn’s been involved with media since her sophomore year at Eastview High School. Silva works on the school’s daily announcement show.  Ravyn is Eastview’s varsity football sideline videographer, where she shoots and produces a highlight tape for every game. Silva is in a mentorship program, where she interns three days a week with KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities for its daily news magazine show, Twin Cities Live.  Silva’s honors include recognition as a distinguished high school journalist by the Minnesota High School Press Association, as well as working on a sports production which earned a 2012 Upper Midwest Regional EMMY® award.  “Thanks to this scholarship, I will continue on with my passion and love of broadcast journalism while studying at the University of Texas at Austin, to hopefully someday fulfill my career dream of being an executive producer of entertainment television.”


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Tyler Schow – East Ridge High School (Woodbury, MN)

Tyler is busy with video at school and in his community.  At East Ridge High School, Schow was a Video and Lighting crew head for the theater program, a director for the school’s weekly news show, and a drum line captain for the marching band. While managing those activities, Tyler worked as a student television producer for the school district’s cable TV channel. In college, Tyler will pursue a major in Communications and Journalism. He also plans to continue his involvement in the fields of music and theater at either the University of Saint Thomas or the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.


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