NATAS Foundation Announces 2015 National Scholarship Honorees

$40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship Recipient: Matthew Foundoulis, Photo Courtesy of NATAS

$40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship Recipient: Matthew Foundoulis, Photo Courtesy of NATAS

The Foundation of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) recently had and imparted more reason to celebrate (pre-Emmy style) as it made the dreams of three exceptional college-bound students come true!

Three scholarships awarded to high school seniors with a vested interest in the study of TV and broadcasting were announced on August 11th.  The grants encompass a Trustees’ Scholarship in the value of $40,000 along with to two additional endowments which pay tribute to renowned journalists Mike Wallace and Jim McKay each worth $10,000.

The talented recipient of the $40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship: Matthew Foundoulis of Laguna Hills, California. Having garnered much attention for a screening of his short film Ghosts at a San Diego NATAS Board of Trustees Meeting back in June, Foundoulis is already recognized as an exceptional writer, producer and director.  A graduate of Laguna Hills High School, Matthew plans on attending New York University where he will work towards a degree in TV production.

Respective beneficiaries of both the $10,000 Mike Wallace and Jim McKay Memorial Scholarships: Matthew Cappucci of Plymouth Massachusetts and Julia Wilson of Ocala Florida.

$10,000 Mike Wallace Scholarship Recipient: Matthew Cauppcci, Photo Courtesy of NATAS

$10,000 Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Matthew Cauppcci, Photo Courtesy of NATAS

Harvard-bound Cappucci is also a graduate of Sturgis Charter Public School. An up-and-coming Meteorologist, he has the noted distinction of being the youngest –ever presenter at a conference of the American Meteorological Society and was recently a celebrated guest at the Boston/New England Emmy Awards on May 30th. Cappucci has another reason to celebrate as he will be officially acknowledged at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards in September!

Julia Wilson’s standout accomplishments feature many ventures in non-fiction television up to and including hard news, feature news and public service announcements the most noted of which was her commentary on cyber-bullying in the run-up to significant game against a rival school. Said expose was also highlighted at the Sports Emmy Awards on May 15th.  Julia is excited to be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!

Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Julia Wilson, Photo Courtesy of NATAS

Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Julia Wilson, Photo Courtesy of NATAS

“By investing in the great talents of the future, we reaffirm the standard of creative achievement reflected in the Emmy and the lasting legacy of two great practitioners of our craft,” exclaimed NATAS Foundation Vice President Adam Sharp, also a Trustees’ Scholarship winner circa 1996. “The scholarships mark an unbroken line of excellence connecting two generations of broadcasters.”

“The next generation of broadcasters and journalists are already changing the face of television as we know it,” declared NATAS president Bob Mauro. “We are proud of encourage and support these talented students who with their technological prowess and creativity will continue to bring innovation and excellence to the evolving landscape of media and television in the 21st century.”

In its third year, The Mike Wallace Memorial Scholarship is funded by a five-year grant from CBS News in honor of the eminent correspondent (1918-2012). Said award is bestowed every year at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards.

The Jim Mckay Memorial Scholarship is now in its sixth year and pays tribute to the lauded sports commentator (1921-2008). It was founded in 2009 by CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, and HBO for the purpose of being granted each year at the Sports Emmy Awards.

The 40,000 Trustees’ Scholarship was reinstated by the NATAS Board of Trustees in order to honor the applicant with the best overall body of work after having submitted to various scholarship competitions. (This scholarship may had been awarded with a chapter scholarship in 2014 and nominated by that chapter for additional national consideration. The 19 regional NATAS chapters award more than $210,000 in scholarships each year.)

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About Jennifer K. Hugus

Jennifer K. Hugus was born at a very young age. At an even earlier age, she just knew she would one day write for the LA Beat! Having grown up in Massachusetts, France, and Denmark, she is a noted fan of Asian Cuisine. She studied ballet at the Royal Danish Ballet Theatre and acting at U.S.C. in their prestigious BFA drama program. She also makes her own jewelry out of paints and canvas when she isn’t working on writing absurdist plays and comparatively mainstream screenplays. Jennifer would like to be a KID when she grows up!
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