Ulysses Carlini

Ulysses Carlini began his television career in the production department at WEHT-TV, Henderson, Kentucky, in 1953. He hosted the kids program, “Peppo the Clown” in a “live” weekly hour children’s program on Saturday morning.

In 1959 he moved to Evansville, Indiana at WTVW-TV as Program Director. He continued to entertain kids with the creation of the “Fire Chief Andy” another children’s program.

In 1968 he moved to North Platte, Nebraska, assuming position of Vice President/General Manager of KNOP-TV.

He took a fledging, struggling television station and propelled it into a prominent, respected and trusted source for entertainment, news and information. He served the National Broadcasting Association as board member in the 1970’s.

Ulysses’ media passion passed down to his family. His daughter-in-law Jodi Ritacca Carlini is an Emmy® Award-winning story-teller, the President of the Upper Midwest Emmy® Chapter and a 2019 inductee into the Silver Circle Honor Society.

Ulysses’ grandson Joe Carlini won Upper Midwest Emmy® Student Production Awards and Regional Emmy® Awards.  Joe is an independent video producer and screenwriter living in Los Angeles.

Thanks to donations from Ulysses’s family, we are proud to honor his legacy with the Carlini Media Scholarship for college students seeking create media enjoyable for the whole family.


Let the Upper Midwest Emmy® Foundation help you pay for some of your school tuition!

We’d like to thank the Carlini family for its generous donations to provide this scholarship.

Deadline for scholarship applications is February 2nd, 2024.

The NATAS-Upper Midwest Foundation offers $1,500 student scholarship grants to be used for tuition & books.  We even pay the school directly so you don’t have to claim it as income for taxes!

The Carlini Media Scholarship is for those seeking management and leadership roles in the media industry.


College/university/technical students living or attending school in the five-state area served by the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa & western Wisconsin).

  • Applicants must be officially “accepted” into an accredited college media program.
  • Submit completed online application form.
  • Submit completed relevant essay: Essays judged based on ability to focus on the topic, answer the question and stay within the 450 word limit.  We will also pay attention to spelling and grammar.
  • Submit a copy of your most recent high school/college transcript.
  • Letter or letters of recommendation from relevant faculty or professionals be accepted via email info@midwestemmys.org, providing it comes directly from the faculty or advisor’s school account.  Hard copy letters should be signed and printed on letterhead paper.

Completed application, essay, transcript, video link and letters of recommendation must be completed by February 2nd, 2024.

You may email materials to info@midwestemmys.org

Scholarship recipients will be announced March 15th, 2024.

Payments to schools will be made in August 2024.

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