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2020 Upper Midwest Emmy® Scholarship Recipients!

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundationis proud to announce its 2020 Scholarship recipients.

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

This year, thanks to help from generous sponsorship contributions from Slumberland Furniturethe Bob Fransen Family, The Ulysses Carlini family, as well as our chapter members and past Gold & Silver Circle recipients, we are able to award scholarships to area students! This year’s scholarship recipients will receive $1,500 for tuition & books costs for school in the fall of 2020.

Since 2002, the NATAS-UMW Foundation has awarded 91 scholarships worth $209,000 to regional students who want to study media production or journalism in college.



PAIGE JAEGER – ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY: Paige is the first to admit she eats, sleeps and breathes TV production. She got into TV production while a sophomore at Wayzata High school. She noticed right away she was the only female, or one of just a few on production crews. When Jaeger came to St. Cloud State, she had a mission to show the world an all-female TV production crew is a possibility. In February 7th, 2020 for the first time in UTVS and St. Cloud State mass communications history, Jaeger and classmate Maya Brown helped organize the first all-women’s broadcast for any sport. The crew consisted of 26 women ranging from first years to seniors. They plan to do at least one-more all-women’s sports broadcast next season. Besides her studies and TV production at SCSU, Paige also does part-time production work for the Minnesota Wild.


ALEX REDDING – HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE: Alex hasn’t back down on a challenge learning new media production techniques, even when learning itself can sometimes be challenging.As a young adult on the autism spectrum, Alex says one of the biggest challenges for is knowing how to navigate and understand social interactions. Alex says he typically has a lot of anxiety about having to work with a large team. But says he’s been able to overcome his challenges and see them as strengths. Alex says he will “hyperfocus” and be detail oriented. He will notice details which create insightful analysis critical to understanding key aspects of an entire production. Alex says his attention to detail has also allowed him to operate highly technical production equipment, and software to improve all of his media production value.


HAILEY ROHLWING – EASTVIEW HIGH SCHOOL (Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture):  Hailey has been active in Eastview High School’s weekly live television show “The Flash” for the past two years.  She is active on-air and behind-the-scenes helping classmates. Hailey is responsible for story ideas, setting up and conducting interviews, shooting video, writing scripts, and editing stories while meeting deadlines.  Teachers say students lean on Hailey to help them with creativity or problem solving.  Her willingness to help others is valuable and impresses teachers with her maturity and ability to deal with issues in a calm and systematic approach. Hailey is also active in tennis, track & field and volunteers playing piano at her church. Hailey will attend Loyola University in Chicago this fall.

HUNTER BERTRAM – APPLE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL (Sponsored by Slumberland Furniture): Hunter’s teachers say he is the most positive person in the room they can always count on him to have an idea or solution to any challenge. Hunter shows determination and extreme dedication to making sure whatever story he is assigned will be the most thought-out and complete segment on the show. Whether it is working on a story for the school’s broadcasting  program or an idea he has about how to improve a program, Hunter’s teachers say they can count on Hunter to be a leader and to help others improve their skills. Hunter is the individual every group needs as a contributing member or leader. Hunter is deciding whether to attend the University of Minnesota or St. Cloud State University next fall.

PAYTON BURG – CRESTON COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL (Iowa) (Sponsored by Upper Midwest Emmy®Members): Payton has been involved in the Creston Community High School CAST (Communications and Service Technology) class for 3 years. Payton and two classmates created a video for Nurses Week. They presented this project at the Future Ready Iowa Summit last May. CAST has also given Payton opportunities to create websites for local businesses, like Leslie’s Dance & Tumbling, Bolinger Solutions, and House of Pain, among others.  Payton has a huge passion for all forms of digital video and media. In her free time, she creates video of her travels for her YouTube channel. Payton will study Cinema next year at Southwestern Community College in Iowa.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2020 SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORS If you’d like to help sponsor future NATAS scholarships, follow the link below for a form to send in your fully tax-deductible donation. Click Here for NATAS-UMW Scholarship Donation form