College Scholarships



Scholarship recipients will be given their awards at the online Gold and Silver Circle Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 24th. a t 7pm   RSVP to attend ATTEND

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The PETER J. MARINO, JR. MEMORIAL PRODUCTION SCHOLARSHIP went to Ido Bartana, San Francisco State University. “My goal for the next two years of school is to expand my work experience into the realm of TV, particularly video journalism,” says Bartano.



The RIGO CHACON on the SCHOLARSHIP went to AustinCastro, San Francisco State University. Castro has already worked for four years as a segment producer for the Filipino Channel (TFC) / ABS-CBN International. He currently produces segments on the weekly TV show Adobo Nation and the digital news show “TAYO News.”





The SHELDON “SHELLY” FAY MEMORIAL VIDEOGRAPHY SCHOLARSHIP went to James L. Clark, City College of San Francisco. “I enrolled in City College’s Broadcast Electronic Media Arts Department as a mature student in the hopes,” said Clark.





MISS NANCY BESST MEMORIAL GRADUATE PRODUCATION SCHOLARSHIP went to Aurora Brachman Sanford University. “During my time at Stanford I have grown immensly as a filmmaker and have created several films that have challenged me both as an artist and a person,” stated Brachman.





Finally the LINDA GIANNECCHINI PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP went to Sabereh Mohammad Kashi, Berkeley City College. “I am developing 1001 Stories, a web series in collaboration with Cal Shakes Theater Company about artist and activist women from MENASA (Middle Eastern, North African and South Asian) communities,” said Kashi,


This year’s scholarship contest was the most competitive in several years, even with the COVID-19 shelter in place in effect. Students in community colleges, academies and universities throughout the chapter participated. Twenty applicants competed, some in multiple categories.





Application Deadline:   TBA  2021


$3,000  PETER J. MARION Memorial Undergraduate Production Scholarship


  SHELDON ‘SHELLY’ FAY Memorial Undergraduate Videography Scholarship

NANCY ‘MISS NANCY’ BESST MemorIAl GRADUATE Production Scholarship



  LOUISE JORJORIAN MEMORIAL Overall Excellence Scholarship

(All applicants are automatically eligible for the Overall Excellence scholarship)




Scholarship applicants:

  • 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, or Reno, Nevada;
  • have completed at least one undergraduate academic year of television studies, or be enrolled in a television graduate program;
  • 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 Scholarship Committee sends application brochures to all eligible universities and colleges within the Chapter area.

  • Link to become a registered user
  • Link to Video Entry Form
  • Log in and complete entry form
  • Upload video – click “upload video” at the top of log-in page
  • Submit application and support documents (Word or PDF) to by the deadline date (italicize Word or PDF as that was done below)

The Committee then screens the applications, reviews the video and essays to select the recipients. The successful applicants will receive their scholarships at the annual NATAS Gold and Silver Circle Induction Ceremony in October 2020.


Please specify which scholarship competition you are entering. Undergraduate students may apply for more than one scholarship, but you must submit a separate application form. The video entry must be specific to the category for which you are applying. Graduate students may apply only for the graduate scholarship.

Each application must include:

1) a completed scholarship application form (semi-colons not needed in numbering)
2) current headshot (jpg)
3) a copy of your college transcript indicating your GPA and class standing (PDF)  (does not need to be official transcript)
4) a one-page essay summarizing your television academic and work experience, related activities and personal goals (Word or PDF)
5) a letter of recommendation from your dean or professor at your school explaining why you are a good candidate for an award plus the names of two faculty members we can contact for more information about your work (delete period) (Word or PDF). (add period)


Undergraduate or Graduate:

Production – Submit a composite of at least three examples of your work in one or more of the following areas: producing, directing, editing, lighting, graphics, or set design. (15 minutes maximum)

Journalism – Submit a composite of at least three stories showing your skills as a writer/reporter.  May include breaking news, feature, or investigative work (15 minutes maximum)

Videography  (undergrad only) – Submit a composite of at least three different pieces that you have shot.  (15 minutes maximum)

Professional Development – can be in any of the above three disciplines.

The applicant authorizes release of any information pertinent to this scholarship competition, including transcripts; and hereby grants NATAS permission to use portions of the winning entries for educational / promotional purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact the NATAS Office:  (650) 341-7786



Please scan all documents into one PDF file and attach on your Student Express entry form. (is it clear that the Express form is the same as the Video entry form stated above in the Application Process? Maybe call it that above and below?)

E-mail to

1 – Scholarship Application form
2 – Current headshot (jpg)
3 – Transcript  (unofficial is OK)
4 – Essay
5 – Letters of Recommendation  (can be sent by recommender)



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, and then became Promotion Director for KSFO Radio, where she worked for 25 years.

LINDA GIANNECCHINI Memorial PROFESSIONAL Development Scholarship

to the outstanding professional returning to complete degree ($3,000)
Linda Giannecchini is our most renowned local and national NATAS leader.  She previously served as National Vice Chairman, Vice President, Secretary and Trustee. Locally, Linda is a past President and chaired the Awards, Scholarship and Speakers’ Bureau Committees. Linda currently serves as Co-Chair of the Media Museum of Northern California Consortium, and the Archives/Museum Committee. She’s an Emmy® award recipient, member of the Silver Circle, class of 1997, recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Award and 1990 Governors’ Service Medallion.


JERRY JENSEN Memorial Graduate Journalism Scholarship

to the outstanding graduate journalism student ($3,000)
Jerry Jensen anchored News Scene 7 on KGO with Van Amburg for more than ten years until his death on March 26,1984. Jerry died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 49. Jensen joined KGO-TV in 1969 as the weekend anchor. Prior to channel 7, he anchored at KBHK and KRON. Jerry was awarded the NATAS Governors’ Citation in 1968.


 “MISS NANCY” BESST Memorial GRADUATE Production Scholarship

to the outstanding graduate production student ($3,000)
“Miss Nancy” Besst, one of the founding members of the NATAS Northern California Chapter, started her career in Baltimore, MD as a staff teacher for Romper Room. Moving to San Francisco she became “Miss Nancy” on Romper Room from 1958-1969. She hosted many programs on KQED, KGO, KRON and KBHK. Nancy is a member of the Silver Circle, 1988, and has received the Governors’ Service Medallion, 1994; Governors’ Citation, 1996, and the Governors’ Award, 1998.


SHELDON “SHELLY” FAY Memorial UNDERGRADUATE Videography Scholarship

to the outstanding undergraduate videography student ($3,000)
The family and friends of Shelly Fay started a scholarship to an outstanding videographer. Shelly was a multi-talented 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-CBS5.


Chacon RIGO CHACON UNDERGRADUATE Journalism Scholarship

to the outstanding undergraduate journalism student ($3,000)
Multiple Emmy® award-winning television reporter Rigo Chacon, now retired, worked at KGO-ABC7 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.  He Received the Governors’ Award i 2003.  Rigo and his wife Lucy offer student scholarships thru their foundation Abrazos and Books.


PETER J. MARINO, JR. Memorial Undergraduate Production Scholarship

to the outstanding undergraduate journalism student ($3,000)
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, and 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.


NOTE: The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter Scholarships are for college students only. High school students may also apply for the NATAS Chapter High School Student Awards of Excellence. Contact the NATAS office for more information at 650-341-7786.

Scholarships Donations:
4317 Camden Avenue
San Mateo, CA  94403-5007

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