Scholarships National & Regional

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.

National Scholarships

The academy awards memorial scholarships for Randy Falco, Jim McKay, Douglas W. Mummert, Mike Wallace and The NATAS Trustees. 

NATAS' regional chapters also scholarships, information can be found further down on this page


The Randy Falco Scholarship: Awarded to a Hispanic or Latino student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry.

The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a student pursuing a career in sports television. The Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship 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 Douglas W. Mummert Scholarship: Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry, who has made a positive impact through community service.

The Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship: Awarded to a student pursuing a career in television journalism. Funded by a grant from CBS News in honor of longtime correspondent Mike Wallace (1918-2012) and presented each year at the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards.

The NATAS Trustees’ Scholarship: Awarded to a student pursuing a career in any aspect of the television industry.

Regional Scholarships

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Regional Chapters are dedicated to the advancement of television and related electronic media and best known for their Emmy Awards that recognize excellence in a number of categories. The Chapters also sponsors programs, seminars, and scholarships for high school and colleges in the cities served by the 19 local chapters. The Regional Chapters honors students who intends to pursue a baccalaureate degree in communications with emphasis on aspects of the television industry.

Each regional chapter Scholarship, will be awarded to a college-bound applicant who has demonstrated exceptional talent as a creator of video programming as well as outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in a highly competitive field. The scholarship distribution is determined by the awarding chapter. To be eligible for the continuing awards, the recipient must demonstrate satisfactory progress towards a degree and remain in a communications-oriented program. The scholarship may be used for tuition, books, living expenses, and other related costs.

Below are links to Regional Chapters the offer scholarships, the links will take you to the respective site where you will find additional information and how to apply.

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Winners History

2008 → Judy McGrath - Chairman & CEO, MTV Networks

2007 → David Zaslav - President & CEO, Discovery Communications

2006 → Dick Ebersol - Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics

2005 → Robert A. Iger - CEO, The Walt Disney Corporation

2004 → Richard D. Parsons - Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Inc.

2003 → Ralph Roberts - Founder, Comcast

1999 → Gerald M. Levin - Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Inc.

1998 → Bob Wright - President & CEO, NBC

1997 → Sumner Redstone - Viacom

1995 → James C. Dowdle - President, The Tribune Corporation

1992 → Frank A. Bennack, Jr. - President & CEO, The Hearst Corporation

1991 → Robert J. Wussler - President, CBS & COMSAT; Senior Vice President, TBS

1990 → R.E. “Ted” Turner - CNN

1989 → Lawrence P. Fraiberg

1987-1988 → Peggy Charren - Children’s Television

1985-1986 → Dr. William F. Baker

1984-1985 → Roone Arledge & Julius Barnathan - ABC for the Olympics

1983-1984 → Vladimir Zworykin

1982-1983 → Bob Short

1981-1982 → Walter Cronkite

1980-1981 → Agnes Nixon

1979-1980 → Leonard H. Goldenson

1978-1979 → William S. Paley

1974-1975 → Elmer W. Lower, Dr. Peter Goldmark

1971-1972 → Dr. Frank Stanton, William Lawrence

1970-1971 → Ed Sullivan

1969-1970 → Elmer Lower - ABC,  Richard Salant - CBS, Reuven Frank - NBC

1968-1969 → William R. McAndrew - Apollo VII, VIII, IX, X Space Missions

1967-1968 → Donald H. McGannon

1966-1967 → Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver, Jr.

1965-1966 → Edward R. Murrow, Xerox Corporation

1962-1963 → American Telephone & Telegraph Co., Dick Powell

1961-1962 →
                           CBS News for “A Tour of the White House”
                           Jacqueline Kennedy
                           Heads of news departments at ABC, CBS and NBC
                           Brigadier General David Sarnoff

1960-1961 → National Educational Television, Joyce C. Hall - President, Hallmark Cards

1959-1960 → Dr. Frank Stanton

1958-1959 → Bob Hope

1957-1958 → Jack Benny