Application Deadline: September 1, 2020
$3,000 PETER J. MARION Memorial Undergraduate Production Scholarship
$3,000 RICO CHACON UNDERGRADUATE Journalism Scholarship
$3,000 SHELDON ‘SHELLY’ FAY Memorial Undergraduate Videography Scholarship
$3,000 NANCY ‘MISS NANCY’ BESST MemorIAl GRADUATE Production Scholarship
$3,000 JERRY JENSEN MEMORIAL Graduate JOURNALISM Scholarship
$3,000 LINDA GIANNECCHINI MEMORIAL Professional Development SCHOLARSHIP
$5,000 LOUISE JORJORIAN MEMORIAL Overall Excellence Scholarship
(All applicants are automatically eligible for the Overall Excellence scholarship)
- 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 email@example.com 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org (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 email@example.com
1 – Scholarship Application form
2 – Current headshot (jpg)
3 – Transcript (unofficial is OK)
4 – Essay
5 – Letters of Recommendation (can be sent by recommender)
LOUISE JORJORIAN Memorial OVERALL EXCELLENCE Scholarship
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.
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.
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