CLassroom Grant recipient

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Upper Midwest Foundation offers Classroom Grant Opportunities to enhance the learning experience of media students in our chapter region’s high schools and/or 501(c)(3) post-secondary educational organizations.

Classroom Grants allow educators to acquire and distribute resources related to video production, television, and/or broadcast journalism. Since 2017, the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation has provided 10 grants totaling nearly $16,600 to local schools for media equipment in their classrooms.

Special thanks to ACOWSAY Film Company for its generous doantion to fund 2023 Classroom Grants

CLassroom Grant recipient

Webster City is a typical rural school district. The school has a decades-old media program providing news and various Lynx sporting events for the community.

Our grant this year helped the school buy 3 monitors to replace outdated control room equipment providing video feeds for remote cameras. These new monitors will provide a bigger viewing area and will update the resolution to 4K. That will future proof the monitors as the school eyes moving all of its production to 4K.


BLCK Press Center is a 501 © 3 organization providing on-the-job training to early career BIPOC Journalists. All reporters are BIPOC, and the majority are Black women. The organization has a journalism training program for students.

The $1,200 grant will fund some video and audio recording equipment for its reporters. By equipping its reporters with professional equipment the organization can give them a competitive edge that will help students produce high quality stories and also build on their production skills.

Augsburg University

Augsburg is a very diverse campus. More than 50% of students are people of color. The school offers programs for students in recovery (Step-Up), high-level support for students with disabilities, and welcome all genders and faiths. More than 90% of students receive financial aid.

The $1,200 grant will fund some lighting equipment for video production. The new lights will improve production quality, align with industry conversion to LED, and demonstrate the school’s commitment to green production practices.