Student Scholarships

The Lower Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and to college juniors or seniors. Students must plan to attend or currently attend a four-year college to pursue a career in the television industry. Recipients and their parents are guests at the 47th Annual NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Regional Emmy® Awards ceremony where they will receive on-stage recognition. The gala is planned for Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

The deadline to apply was February 16, 2016. The application process is the same for all scholarships and is completed online through this website, nataslgl.org. Applications will be screened by our scholarship committee, and finalists will be notified by mail. In March, finalists will be invited to an interview by members of the NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter scholarship selection committee.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Education Committee Chair Mark Lynch at mediateacher@mac.com. To view a letter submitted to student advisers with more details on our scholarships: high school students click here :: college students click here. Please note, DO NOT SEND ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTIONS. We do not accept DVD’s, Tapes, etc., however you are welcome to include a URL if the project is available online.

This year, the chapter is offering three scholarships-two for college students and one for a high school student.

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter Collegiate Scholarship
The $3,500 scholarship funded directly by our NATAS chapter members is offered to students who attend school anywhere in the membership area of our organization which includes Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Bowling Green, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana. Students must be attending college in our region to qualify.

This scholarship goes to a student who will be a college junior or senior in the 2016-17 academic year and who intends to pursue a career in television or television related field.

Wilma Smith Scholarship

This is a new scholarship created to honor longtime WJW anchor Wilma Smith who retired in May 2013, after a 35 year career in Cleveland broadcasting. The $2,500 award is funded by WJW Fox 8. It is designated for a female college student from the Cleveland market who is currently a second or third year student majoring in a television-related field.

NATAS Lower Great Lakes Chapter High School Scholarship
The $2,000 scholarship funded directly by our NATAS chapter members. It will be awarded to a current high schoool senior who plans to attend a four-year college and pursue a career in the television industry.

This is open to high school students attending a school anywhere in the membership area of our organization which includes Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Bowling Green, Toledo, Lima and Mansfield, Ohio; Erie, Pennsylvania; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie, Indiana.

Separate scholarship opportunities are also available through NATAS. Visit the national site for details on the Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships.


 

2016 Lower Great Lakes Scholarship Winners


ERICA ZICHI

Erica ZichiI grew up in Amherst, Ohio and I graduated from Marion L. Steele High School. My interest in broadcasting started when my sister was diagnosed with cancer and later was the topic of a winning Student Emmy Award about my family’s fundraiser, Emily’s Hopeful Holiday where we raised over $135,000 for kids with cancer in the span of nine years. Later, I started to post YouTube videos of both cover songs and videos that I edited of nature and anything that came to my mind. Finally, I was accepted into the TV Communications Class at the high school where I learned how to produce news, packages, and edit. This is when I realized that I was called to major in broadcasting. My goal is to be an investigative reporter.

I am also heavily involved in my church where I lead the worship team, volunteer for the church and community, and serve with the children.

I will be attending Cedarville University in the fall where I will major in Broadcast Journalism and minor in Worship. I also desire to travel often and participate in missions in my years to come.


KENNEDY GENNARI

Kennedy GennariI am from Sandusky, Ohio and graduated from Sandusky St. Mary’s Central Catholic School in 2014. I just finished my second year at the University of Cincinnati where I am pursing a double degree (that I will complete in four years thanks to college credit in high school!) in Marketing–out of UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business–and Electronic Media with an emphasis on multimedia journalism–out of UC’s College-Conservatory of Music.

At UC, I am on scholarship and have made Dean’s list every semester. I am in a social sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma), a campus tour guide, and spent the past two years as a varsity athlete on the cheerleading team. This year, I am really looking forward to being involved in our campus radio station, taking upper level broadcasting electives, and planning future internships.

This summer, I will be interning with Brighton Center, a non profit in Newport, Kentucky that’s goal is to give families opportunities to reach sufficiency. I will be working in their Marketing/ Development office as a Communication Intern. It is their 50 year anniversary and I will spearhead their marketing and media campaigns–interviewing people they have worked with and writing articles for their website/ news letter/ social media. I will be in charge of making and editing a video to highlight their 50 years and doing a variety of other multi-media tasks.I am excited for this internship and while it does not directly relate to being a news anchor, I know as a future media professional it is important to be involved in the community. This non profit is a United Way partner & helped over 60,000 people last year!

I remember being interested in broadcasting as a child. I would put on my own version of the morning news for my grandparents when I stayed over at their house. I always loved talking in front of people and telling them stories I have written! A graduation requirement during my senior year of high school was to complete a senior project/ internship. I ended up shadowing at Buckeye Cable Sports Network (Toledo, OH) and was taught and practiced performing technical work, research and writing for on-air presentations, interviewing, and delivering material on camera. I even mediated some beach volleyball games for broadcast on their BCSN Erie Station in Sandusky. Here, I remembered my childhood passion and it is something I have worked to pursue ever since.

I hope to one day be working as a news anchor on a major television network. Ultimately, however, I dream to work in an entertainment based setting as a talk show host. I will make it my upmost goal to inform my audience on subjects they are passionate about–whether they’re lighthearted or intense.


GWENDOLYN KOCHUR

Gwendolyn KochurI graduated from Perry High School fourth in my class. Broadcasting classes that I took in high school helped me to develop a love for writing and creating videos. I also have a deep love of art and have received awards on many of my pieces. I am going to attend Cleveland State University in the fall to study film and television. In time, I see myself as a college graduate who will be employed working within a career involving either film or television. I would love to be writing screenplays, directing, or producing.


DANIEL VASU

Daniel VasuDaniel Vasu is entering his senior year at Kent State University as a Digital Media Production major. During his freshman year, Daniel began working at the award winning on-campus TV station, TV2, where he started learning the technical side of television. Now, Daniel directs and technical directs several of the shows throughout the week. When he’s not busy working at the station, Daniel also works with the University’s live production truck, is the President of the improv comedy group, and is a member of the Journalism and Mass Communications Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha.

After graduating, Daniel would like to continue working in Television production in the Cleveland area, and maybe one day will find himself out in Los Angeles. He is very thankful to have been selected as the NATAS-LGL collegiate scholarship recipient and will use the money to help pay for his final year at Kent State.