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The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of television and related electronic media and best known for its Emmy Awards that recognize excellence in a number of categories. The Academy also sponsors programs, seminars, and scholarships for high school and colleges in cities served by the 19 local chapters. In addition, the National Organization, through its non-profit Foundation, awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who intends to pursue a baccalaureate degree in communications with emphasis on any aspect of the television industry.



The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and its chapters will award nearly $275,000 in scholarships this year to college-bound students aspiring to careers in television.

At the national level, the awards include a new $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship and two $10,000 scholarships honoring legendary broadcasters Mike Wallace and Jim McKay. The funds are granted to outstanding high school seniors who intend to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry.

This is the third year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, funded by a five-year grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its sixth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay (1921-2008) and was established in 2009 by the HBO, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX networks. It is presented at the Sports Emmy® Awards each May.

The $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship winner will be selected from the applicants who distinguish themselves in the McKay/Wallace competition or who were honored with a chapter scholarship in 2014 and nominated for further consideration by their chapter. The 19 regional NATAS chapters award more than $210,000 in scholarships annually.

Click here to apply for the 2015 National NATAS Scholarships.

The deadline for all entries is
5 pm EST Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

The application will require:

  • Your contact information
  • Your current GPA and College Board scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Examples of recent creative works, including links to videos (if available) hosted on a third-party service such as YouTube or Vimeo
  • Examples of recent field or work experience and school activities participated in
  • Two written essays:
  1. Career Aspirations Essay — A single-page essay that describes what you would like to do upon graduation from high school. Indicate which colleges or universities you would like to attend and your reason for their selection. Also indicate the kinds of employment you hope to obtain once you complete your college education.
  2. Creative Essay — An additional essay of no more than two pages that deals with the following topic: Which continuing television program, past or present, has most influenced your life and why? (Be sure to select a multiple-episode program, not a single program or mini-series. Also, do not select a newscast or news-oriented program such as 60 Minutes or Frontline.)

NATAS Trustees and officials will review applications and creative works, and the National Scholarship Committee will make its final selections in April.

To apply for a chapter scholarship, click here to find your local chapter website.


Funds for the Jim McKay Scholarship have been provided, in equal parts, by the
following five networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and HBO. Funding for the Mike Wallace Scholarship has been provided exclusively by CBS. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gratefully acknowledges these contributions.

Past Winners


Bradley Blackburn
Julia Chan

Stephen Stephanian
Brittany Newsome

Jason Berman
Clayton Jeter

Matthew Gray
Powell Weaver

Jared Amos
Jennifer Lynn Bruwelheide

Jill Inkrott
Terri Mosqueda

Adam McMahon
Bradford Scott Luck

Joanne Nucho
Elizabeth Poyer

Adam Sharp
Corey Elizabeth Campbell

David Gatwood
Kent Lambert


John Cannon
Memorial Scholarship

Avi Edelman

Brent Yontz

Emily Miles

Ann Elizabeth Clark

Danielle Schafer