The Foundation of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) awarded $10,000 scholarships to each of five college-bound high school students pursuing careers in television. This year’s national scholarship honorees include an SF/NorCal chapter student:
Anabella Mortenson, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, CA. was awarded theUnivision / NATAS Scholarship for a Hispanic or Latino student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry. Anabella had been making films for four years at the art school: “It was such an honor and surprise to receive the Univision scholarship! My family in Brazil is very excited for me, especially my grandmother, who I wrote about in my scholarship essay.” She will continue her studies at Loyola Marymount University in the fall. To see Anabella’s work go to her Vimeo page. The Univision and NATAS Trustees scholarship is now in its fifth year. Mortenson is the second SF/NorCal chapter student to win a national scholarship.
Other recipients are:
Ethan Levy, Glenbrook High School, Northbrook, IL. was awarded the Linda Giannecchini Memorial Trustees Scholarship for a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry. This is the inaugural year of the Linda Giannecchini Memorial Trustees Scholarship to Honor Linda Giannecchini. In her five decades with NATAS, Giannecchini held nearly every elective office in the Academy, including national awards chair, Northern California president and governor. The SF/NorCal chapter also offers the Linda Giannecchini Memorial Professional Development Scholarship in her honor.
Richard Christian Beck, Saint Xavier High School, Louisville, KY. was awarded the Douglas W. Mummert Scholarship, for a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry who has made a positive impact through community service. This is the fourth year of the Douglas W. Mummert Scholarship.
Emma Harrington, Madison Central High School, Jackson, MS. was awarded the Mike Wallace Scholarship, for a student pursuing a career in television journalism. This is the eighth year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012).
Jonathan Burkhart, Saint Clairsville High School, St. Clairsville, OH. was awarded the Jim McKay Scholarship, for a student pursuing a career in sports television. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship now in its’ eleventh year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by ABC, CBS, FOX, HBO and NBC Networks.
“This year’s NATAS Foundation scholarship recipients represent a cross-section of America,” said Doug Mummert, Chair, Foundation (NATAS). “They are some of the top students pursuing an education and degree in our industry’s craft and we are proud to support their efforts and bright futures.”
“Our scholarship recipients this year represent the many pillars of television broadcasting from news, sports, animation, drama and public service,” said Melinda Roeder, Chair, Scholarship Committee (NATAS). “By the work exhibited by these gifted students, the future of our industry looks incredibly promising.”
“By investing in the great talents of these diverse and passionate students, we reaffirm our commitment to encourage and promote excellence in television for decades to come,” said Adam Sharp, President & CEO, NATAS.
Thank you to the students who participated this year and congratulations to those honored!