Record $21,000 in College Scholarships Available This Year

May 31 Application Deadline

By Keith Sanders
Chapter Education Chairperson

Two new scholarships are being offered this year by The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The $5,000 Louise Jorjorian Memorial Scholarship awards the best overall graduate or undergraduate student. All entrants will be considered for this top award.

The $2,000 Linda Giannecchini Professional Development Scholarship is designed for applicants who already work in the TV industry and are in pursuit of a formal undergraduate or graduate degree.

Our chapter will continue to award three $2,000 undergraduate student scholarships in television production, reporting and videography. Graduate students are eligible to apply for the $2,000 graduate student scholarship for work in production, reporting and videography.

In addition, the outstanding graduate and undergraduate entries will each be awarded $3,000 in memory of legendary KGO anchors Jerry Jensen and Steve Davis.  All entrants will be considered for one these two special awards.

Apply now. There’s more money at stake than ever before. We’re offering eight scholarships this year that are together worth $21,000. Each applicant may receive only one scholarship. The deadline is May 31.

Click this link to see winning scholarship entry videos from the last three years and to download an application:

Each scholarship is named after a guiding light within our chapter.

    to the outstanding overall student ($5,000)

Beloved broadcaster Louise Jorjorian established her life and career in San Francisco in radio and television, landing her first job as Publicity Manager for KGO radio in 1950, and then became Promotion Director for KSFO Radio, where she worked for 25 years. Jorjorian succeeded in a male-dominated industry long before women held high-powered positions in the broadcasting profession.

    toward a formal degree in the pursuit of professional development ($2,000) 

Linda Giannecchini is our most renowned local and national NATAS leader.  She previously served as National Vice Chairman, Vice President and Secretary. Locally, Giannecchini is a past President and chaired the Awards, Scholarship and Speakers’ Bureau Committees. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Media Museum of Northern California Consortium, the Archives/Museum Committee, and is a National Trustee. Giannecchini is an Emmy® Award recipient and inductee of the Silver Circle

   to the outstanding graduate student ($3,000)                                                             

Jerry Jensen anchored News Scene on KGO-TV with Van Amburg for 15 years until his death on March 26,1984. Jensen died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 49. Jensen joined KGO-TV in 1969 as the weekend anchor. Prior to KGO-TV, he anchored at KBHK and KRON. Hewas awarded the NATAS Governors’ Citation in 1968.

    to the outstanding undergraduate student ($3,000)

Steve Davis was an anchor/reporter for KGO-TV  for more than 20 years in the 1970s and ‘80s. He covered major events from Patty Hearst to Jim Jones and anchored the 5 p.m. news. Davis was let go in 1989, but won an age discrimination suit against ABC in 1992. Davis died of cancer on March 18, 2005.

    $2,000 for undergraduate students

Peter Marino was a stalwart member of the Chapter and co-founder of the Scholarship Program. He was well known for his public relation exploits as a music and video producer. Marino was a principle in a Bay Area recording studio and represented several recording companies. This scholarship covers a variety of production job disciplines.

    $2,000 for undergraduate students

Multiple Emmy® Award-honored television reporter Rigo Chacon worked at KGO-TV for 29 years as a general assignment reporter and opened the first Santa Clara County bureau of a San Francisco-based TV station. Among his many honors, Chacon is a member of the Television Academy’s prestigious Silver Circle.

    $2,000 for undergraduate students

The family and friends of Shelly Fay started a scholarship to an outstanding videographer. Shelly was a multitalented television professional who worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a producer, photographer, director and editor for more than 25 years, mostly at KPIX.

    $2,000 for graduate students 

“Miss Nancy” Besst, one of the founding members of the NATAS Northern California Chapter, started her career in Baltimore as a staff teacher for Romper Room. Moving to San Francisco, she became “Miss Nancy” on Romper Room from 1956-1969. She hosted many programs on KQED, KGO, KRON and KBHK. Besst is an inductee of the Silver Circle, 1988, and has received the Governors’ Service Medallion, 1994; Governors’ Citation, 1996, and the Governors’ Award, 1998.

To enter, you must be actively engaged in a collegiate-level curriculum in one or more areas of the television industry and be attending a college in Northern California (Visalia to the Oregon border), Hawaii, Reno, Nevada, or Guam.

You must have completed at least one undergraduate academic year of television studies, or be enrolled in a television graduate program;

You must have at least one remaining year of undergraduate study for the undergraduate scholarships or one remaining year of graduate study for the graduate scholarship.

Entrants may receive only one scholarship per year. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for a second scholarship in the year following their award.

The Chapter awards these scholarships to encourage students who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational, and technical qualities of television. Scholarship checks will be presented at the annual Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the Park Central Hotel in San Francisco. Recipients will be notified prior to the luncheon.

Click this link to download an application:

View past winning entries on the STUDENTS page, under College Scholarships in left column:


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