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2015 Scholarship Recipients Announced

NATAS Logo_Upper MidwestThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter/Foundation is proud to announce its 2015 Scholarship recipients.

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

This year, thanks to help from generous sponsorship contributions from SlumberlandHubbard Broadcasting, the Carlini and Pfister families as well as our chapter members and past Gold & Silver Circle recipients, we were able to award $24,000 in scholarships to area students!

Since 2002, the NATAS-UMW Chapter/Foundation has awarded 74 scholarships worth $167,500 to regional students who want to study media or journalism in college


Joel Schmidt - Loras College (Dubuque, IA)
Joel Schmidt – Loras College (Dubuque, IA)

ED PIETTE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP(Sponsored by Hubbard Broadcasting)

Joel Schmidt – Loras College (Dubuque, IA)

Joel is a Media Studies Major at Loras College in Dubuque, IA.  He took over last spring as a sophomore producing SportsZONE, a twenty-minute sportscast at Loras and was also named an anchor beginning this past fall of his junior year. He also announces and works on their live sports productions and does behind the scenes work for their newscast, LCTV News. “Thank you to the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter and Hubbard Broadcasting.  This scholarship means a great deal to me as it allows me to continue my pursuit of a degree at Loras and also affirms what I have been doing and gives me a great deal of confidence knowing I am going about it the right way. I am very thankful to the committee for awarding me this scholarship and allowing me to continue my pursuit of doing what I love.”

Ariana Babcock - Minnesota State University - Moorhead
Ariana Babcock – Minnesota State University – Moorhead

ULYSSES CARLINI SCHOLARSHIP(Sponsored by the Carlini Family)

Ariana Babcock- Minnesota State University Moorhead- (Moorhead, MN)

Ariana is a senior pursuing a Broadcast Journalism degree with a Public Relations minor. Ariana knew this was her dream career back in 2003 after conducting interviews on camera at LATV 10 in Forest Lake, Minnesota. After starting college at MSUM, she began reporting for Campus News. In 2014, she won Second Place for General News Reporting from North Dakota Professional Communicators. She is now an anchor, producer, reporter, and photographer for Campus News. Ariana also works at KVRR Fox News in Fargo, ND. as a production assistant and weekend reporter. She will be filling in a few weekends as a weather anchor during the summer of 2015. “I heard the news and my jaw dropped for about an hour. Then, I called my mom to tell her and she thought it was a prank. Needless to say this is the most generous, outstanding, and incredible gift I have ever received. I am in this business because I love meeting and communicating with new people. Receiving this scholarship just reminds me of people’s never ending generosity. Words don’t truly begin to describe the appreciation I feel.”

Kathleen Serie - University of South Dakota (Vermillion)
Kathleen Serie – University of South Dakota (Vermillion)


Kathleen Serie – University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD)

Kathleen is a Media & Journalism major at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. She is currently a producer for USD’s student-run weekly television newscast, Coyote News. Kathleen has held many other positions including production assistant, live correspondent, assignment editor, anchor, and reporter. She has also been Co-News Director for USD’s weekly radio newscast. Kathleen has held professional internships with South Dakota Public Radio in Vermillion, SD, and KELO TV in Sioux Falls, SD. Her plans for the future include gaining more journalism experience before receiving her degree, and moving on to work as a reporter at a broadcast station. “This scholarship is not only providing me with a means to further my education at the University of South Dakota, but the drive to continue pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. I have a serious passion for this field, and I am so fortunate to receive such outstanding support from the NATAS Upper Midwest Chapter.”

Angela Rogers - Drake University (Des Moines, IA)
Angela Rogers – Drake University (Des Moines, IA)

NATAS-UMW Chapter/Foundation Scholarship – (Sponsored by Upper Midwest Emmy® Members)

Angela Rogers – Drake University (Des Moines, IA)

Angela is a junior Broadcast News and Sociology double major with a concentration in Law and Business at Drake University. Since starting college she has been the Student Senate reporter for Drake Broadcasting System. Angela is also a line producer/reporter for the Drake Relays, which is the biggest live production put on by students. Today, Angela is the School of Journalism and Mass Communications student senator and an intern for KCCI 8 News in Des Moines, IA. “This scholarship means I can aspire to be the journalist I want to be and I am forever grateful for that. “I am honored to receive such a prestigious scholarship and can continue with my higher education in a field I am incredibly passionate about. I am in love with story telling and am thankful I am in a profession where I can learn new things each day. Thank you so much for supporting my career and seeing how much I love this honorable profession.”



Francheska Crawford Hanke - White Bear Lake High School (Minnesota)
Francheska Crawford Hanke – White Bear Lake High School (Minnesota)

PFISTER JOURNALISM SCHOLARSHIP – (Sponsored by Pfister Family)

Francheska (Franki) Crawford Hanke – White Bear Lake High School (Minnesota)

Francheska (Franki) is a senior at White Bear Lake Area High School. She’s been involved with her school newspaper since tenth grade from writing articles themselves to laying out the formatting of the paper, and along with extra Language Arts credits and writing on the side, she’s realized her passion for the written word. While undecided on where, next year she’ll be attending college to learn even more about journalism and the beauty of written word. The Pfister Journalism Scholarship has expanded the opportunities she has for attending college: “I heard I was a recipient through a voicemail while sitting beside my dad in the car. I listened once, replayed it on speaker phone, and then plugged it into the stereo to listen again. I couldn’t believe what I thought would be a message from my mom about our plans for the weekend became a message about getting assistance to pay for my future. I am indescribably thankful for this scholarship- which is saying something since all I love in life is about expressing myself through words.”

Martin Blanco - Eden Prairie High School (Minnesota)
Martin Blanco – Eden Prairie High School (Minnesota)


Martin Blanco – Eden Prairie High School (Minnesota)

Martin is a senior at Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. After anxiously searching for a venue to showcase his grand love for storytelling, his counselor recommended he try the EagleVision News program. Two years later, Martin is now a constant contributor to the show and has participated as an anchor and producer. He is also one of the presidents of Eden Prairie High School’s Young Filmmakers’ Club, producing his own films while encouraging others to share their own stories. Next year, Martin will be pursuing a four-year double degree in Cinema Production and Computer Science. “I would like to thank my two educators, motivators, and partners-in-crime, Rolf Olson and Perry Kennedy, for constantly encouraging me to not just be good, but to be good at being different. Finally, a thank you to my parents and friends for being so understanding every time they would ask me to join them for an event, and I would not be able to due to having to participate in some sort of media recording/broadcasting.  A special thank you to the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for helping me in this journey to embrace my inner storyteller and for easing the economic burden that such education may impose upon my shoulders.”

Michael Rapuano - Eagan High School (Minnesota)
Michael Rapuano – Eagan High School (Minnesota)


Michael Rapuano – Eagan High School (Minnesota)

Mike is a senior at Eagan High School. He has had a lifelong passion for film and TV and has been studying their production for two years with the Digital Film Factory courses at Rosemount High. He has produced many pieces of work, one of which won Best In Fest in the Animation category for the .EDU Film Festival. He has been nominated for a Student Production Award three times. He has served as camera operator for the televised 2013 Prep Bowl and various other school functions. He will be attending Columbia College in Chicago beginning this fall, majoring in Cinema Art and Science. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Slumberland and the NATAS-Upper Midwest Chapter for this scholarship. My goal is to become a professional film maker and this will go a long way toward making that happen.”

Noah Brown - Eastview High School (Apple Valley Minnesota)
Noah Brown – Eastview High School (Apple Valley Minnesota)


Noah Brown – Eastview High School (Minnesota)

Noah is a senior at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN. I have participated in the school’s student-run television news magazine, The Flash, as a reporter, editor, anchor and various technical positions. In addition, I have been the host of a sports talk show, Offside Sports, on E-TV,  the public access television station in Eagan, MN. Next year I will begin a four-year bachelor’s degree program in broadcast journalism at one of these great schools: Marquette University, the University of Missouri, Columbia or St. Thomas University in St. Paul. “I would like to thank the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter for this scholarship that will help minimize the financial burden for my education. I would also like to thank my parents and Mr. Nick Fornicoia, my broadcast teacher, for their incredible support throughout my time in the field.”

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