The Laney College Media Communication Department is pleased to announce that two students will receive scholarships from the San Francisco Northern California Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) on October 24th in San Francisco. NATAS is the organization that decides and hands out the Emmy Awards.
Laney’s Michael Cotton (photo, left) is the recipient of a $2,000 Sheldon “Shelly” Fay Videography Scholarship. Fellow student Ryan “Remo” Fioroni (photo, right), who also takes classes at Berkeley City College, will receive one of the $3,000 scholarships underwritten by George Lang of The Big Picture; this scholarship memorializes two former KGO-TV Journalists.
The San Francisco/Northern California Chapter of NATAS, which includes northern part of California from Visalia to the Oregon Border, the entire state of Hawaii and the city of Reno, awards just seven scholarships (in the amounts of $2,000 and $3,000) to Bay Area college students per year. The Scholarship Panel could have awarded seven scholarships this year, but in keeping with the high standards enjoyed by the local chapter, the Scholarship Committee decided to award only those individual entries that rose to the highest professional level.
“Each year we see the quality and aesthetic vision of these submissions edge closer to the work of the professional journalists in our market – a tribute to the excellent media education coming from our local colleges,” said NATAS National Trustee and Education Committee Chair, Steve Shlisky. Shlisky is a producer/editor at KTVU Channel 2 in Oakland and a Professor at Laney College.
The scholarships are given in recognition of superior video production, reporting, videography and overall excellence. The chapter awards these scholarships to encourage individuals who demonstrate leadership and talent in advancing the artistic, cultural, educational and technical qualities of television. The scholarships are open to any Broadcast Media student in the chapter coverage area: From Fresno to the Oregon Border, the state of Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. The Peralta Colleges students are in great company with two Stanford recipients also receiving awards.
“We are very proud of the achievement of our students,” said Jowel C. Laguerre, Ph.D., Chancellor of the Peralta Community College District. “I want to thank the NATAS for its recognition of our deserving students.”
Every candidate submitted a variety of their completed works, a letter of support from a faculty member or dean, a personal essay, a copy of their Grade Point Average (GPA) and transcripts to the twelve-member Scholarship Panel, which is a sub-committee of the NATAS Education Committee. The Panel screened DVDs or uploaded online videos of the entries and judged in six areas of excellence: Content, Execution, Creativity, Personal Essay, GPA, plus an overall score based on the quality of the entry materials. The panel then discussed, by conference call, the merits of each entry.
The scholarships will be presented during the NATAS Gold & Silver Circle Induction Luncheon on Saturday, October 24, 2015. For more information, see http://emmysf.tv/students-2/