Scholarship opportunity from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences


The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is offering the Next Gen Diversity in Broadcast Journalism Scholarship to a deserving high school student currently in their senior year of high school. Eligible students must reside in the NATAS Mid-Atlantic Chapter region, which includes all of New Jersey; Pennsylvania, with the exception of Erie County; and northern Delaware.

The $1,500 scholarship will assist the scholarship recipient in pursuit of a post-high school course of study in broadcast journalism or a closely related field at a college, university, or other post-secondary educational institution.

“Media has the power to shape an audience’s knowledge and understanding about important topics,” said NATAS Mid-Atlantic Chapter President Laura McHugh. “The goal of this scholarship is to encourage underrepresented young people in our region to pursue broadcast journalism careers and add their diverse voices to the media landscape for more inclusive and comprehensive reporting.”

This scholarship is open to all underrepresented students, including but not limited to:

  • Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; Hispanic or Latino; all people of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander ancestry; LGBTQ+; and multiracial students.
  • Students with a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • All female students, regardless of race or ethnicity.
  • Any other students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender.

Current high school seniors who wish to apply for the Next Gen Diversity in Broadcast Journalism Scholarship will be required to complete an application form; write a short essay on an assigned topic; and submit 2 – 3 examples of original work, demonstrating skills in writing, broadcast storytelling, and technical execution.

Complete instructions and the application form are available online.   A hard copy of the application may be requested by contacting the organization’s Scholarship Committee representative, Wanda Swanson, at

The deadline for scholarship applications is Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. The recipient of the Next Gen Diversity in Broadcast Journalism Scholarship will be announced in early April 2022.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences serves more than 700 members in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware representing more than 32 television stations, cable companies and programmers, as well as independent producers, production facilities, and educational institutions. It is 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. Visit to learn more.