THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2013 JIM MCKAY & MIKE WALLACE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

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National Academy Announces One-Time Scholarship
Honoring Dr. Norman Felsenthal, Scholarship Chair, Emeritus

New York – May 22, 2013 – The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the winners of the Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship. In addition, a special one-time scholarship honoring Dr. Norman Felsenthal, Chair Emeritus of NATAS’ Scholarship program since its inception, was also announced.

The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship, now in its fourth year, honors sportscaster Jim McKay. This is the inaugural year of the Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship, honoring longtime CBS newsman Mike Wallace.

These scholarships are available to outstanding high school seniors from across the United States who intend to pursue communications-related baccalaureate degrees in pursuit of a career in any aspect of the television industry.

Each of this year’s scholarships is awarded to a college-bound applicant who demonstrates exceptional talent as a creator of video programming as well as outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in a highly competitive profession.

“The Jim McKay and Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarships reflect the best traditions of NATAS, honoring the contributions of two great broadcasters as well as the creative and academic achievements of a new generation,” said Adam Sharp, Chair, NATAS Scholarship Committee.

“This year was incredibly competitive,” said Sharp, “easily the most competitive group of finalists we have reviewed in many years — and I was particularly delighted that NATAS helped honor this tremendous class of applicants with the creation of a one-time $5,000 scholarship in honor of Dr. Norman Felsenthal’s great service to the Scholarship Committee as its founding Chair these past 18 years.”

 

 

The $10,000 Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship
Given in memory of legendary sportscaster Jim McKay and funded in equal parts by ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and HBO.

James Foundoulis - Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship Winner 2013
Awarded to James Foundoulis of Laguna Hills, CA
Will attend USC Film School and plans to pursue a career in television.

The $10,000 Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship
Given in memory of legendary newsman Mike Wallace and funded by CBS News.

Lora Strum - Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship Winner 2013
Awarded to Lora Strum of Alexandria, VA
Will attend Temple University and plans to pursue a career in television.

The $5,000 Norman Felsenthal Scholarship
Given in honor of Founding Scholarship Committee Chairman Norman Felsenthal
and funded by NATAS.

Benjamin Tucker - scholarship 2013 Norman Felsenthal Scholarship winner
Awarded to Benjamin Tucker of Lexington, KY
Will attend DePaul University and plans to pursue a career in television.

 

For more information on the NATAS’ scholarship programs, please visit our website at www.emmyonline.tv/scholarship

About The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. It recognizes excellence in television with the coveted Emmy® Award for News & Documentary, Sports, Daytime Entertainment, Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment, Public & Community Service, and Technology & Engineering. NATAS membership consists of 13,000 broadcast and media professionals represented in 19 regional chapters across the country.  Beyond awards, NATAS has extensive educational programs including its regional Student Award for Excellence for outstanding journalistic work by high school students, as well as scholarships, publications, and major activities for both industry professionals and the viewing public.  For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv

For more information, please visit the website at www.emmyonline.tv

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