November 24, 2004

OPPORTUNITIES: Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship (USA)

Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship

"I'd just like to be remembered for being a compassionate human being
who happened to be fortunate enough to be born at a time when there
was a fabulous thing called television." - Fred Rogers

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in association with Ernst & Young LLP, has established a scholarship in honor of Fred Rogers, the creator and long-time host of Â?Mister RogersÂ? Neighborhood.Â? The scholarship is intended to support and encourage an aspiring upper division or graduate student to pursue a career in childrenÂ?s media that furthers the values and principles of Fred RogersÂ? work.

From 1967 to 2001, Fred Rogers produced his daily children's television program, celebrating imagination and play, exploring children's feelings and sense of self worth, and treating young viewers with love and respect. Â?Mister Rogers' NeighborhoodÂ? still airs on PBS stations throughout the United States and remains the gold standard of how television can be used to enlighten, educate and increase social consciousness and understanding.

The scholarship, in the amount of $10,000, will be awarded annually to a qualified applicant. In addition to the monetary award, successful applicants will work with a Â?mentorÂ? from the ChildrenÂ?s Programming Peer Group during the academic year. Mentors will be identified from either the Los Angeles or New York membership and assigned based on logistical proximity to the successful applicant. The mentor and the applicant will communicate in person, by phone and by e-mail on a regular basis.

Who may apply and how does one apply?

The scholarship is open to upper division undergraduates and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) of accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment, either through coursework or experience, to any combination of at least two of the following fields: early childhood education, child development/child psychology, film/television production, music, animation. Applicant must have the ultimate goal of working in the field of childrenÂ?s media.

Particular attention will be given to student applicants from inner city or rural communities.

Applicants will complete an extensive form (available here) that includes background information about the applicant and the applicantÂ?s plan for the use of the scholarship money. The applicantÂ?s plan needs to include project goals and milestones that will help the committee in the selection of a mentor and help the mentor in the guidance of the awardee. The applicant must also include recommendations
from two persons, either faculty members from two of the above referenced fields or professionals from the childrenÂ?s media industry who have worked with the applicant.

Applicants may apply for support for one of the following areas:

Â? Research on the relationship between childrenÂ?s use of media and learning or childrenÂ?s use of media and personal growth.
Â? Development of program concepts or extended development of creative elements of an existing concept, e.g. design of puppets, scripts, storyboards, characters, music, etc.
Â? Professional internship in an organization that is relevant to the applicantÂ?s goal. Proposed internship must be acceptable for credit by the applicantÂ?s home school.

How will the successful applicant be selected?

Applications will be evaluated by a committee formed yearly by the two governors representing the ChildrenÂ?s Programming Peer Group (CPPG) of the Television Academy. The CPPG governors will create a committee composed of peer group members and representatives of other peer groups as relevant.

Distribution of funds
All scholarships will be awarded through the winning studentÂ?s financial aid office or registrar. Awards will be disbursed at the beginning of the semester following the grant of the award.

Important notice
Applicants must be aware that if, in the opinion of the review committee, there is no qualified applicant in a given year, no award will be given.

For more information regarding the Fred Rogers
Scholarship, please call us at 818.754.2800.


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