The Massachusetts Broadcasters Association has awarded 21 scholarships to Mass students totaling $33,000. Student Broadcaster Scholarships are given to students pursuing a career in over-the-air broadcasting and enrolled in a broadcast program at a two- or four-year accredited school. This year, 10 Bay State residents were selected from nearly 100 applicants for a $2,000 scholarship. Winners were chosen based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular, and community involvement, and an essay about their interest in broadcasting by representatives from participating radio and television stations.
Here are the winners:
• Anthony Mazzini, Milford, Broadcast and Digital Journalism major, Syracuse University.
• Ashley Blanco, Peabody, Business of Creative Enterprises major, Emerson College.
• Meghan Parsons, Billerica, Broadcast Journalism major, UMass Amherst.
• MJ Baird, Pembroke, Journalism major, Quinnipiac University.
• Julia Donovan, Broadcast Journalism major, Suffolk University
• Elena Frogameni, Florence, Journalism major, George Washington University.
• Jordan Baldwin, Chicopee, Journalism Major, Springfield Technical CC.
• Rory Tettemer, Westfield, Sports Communication and Broadcast Journalism Major, Emerson College.
(Unable to attend the ceremonies were Lauren Cornell, Pittsfield, Atmospheric Science and Atmospheric Science Electronic Journalism Arts major, Northern Vermont University and Sara Tesh, Lynn, Film (Visual Media Arts) major, Emerson College.)
An additional scholarship of $3,000 was given in memory of the late Al Sprague, former president of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. This scholarship was presented to Katie Curran, Pocasset, Journalism, Film and Media Studies and American Studies major at Columbia University.
Also awarded were 10 Families in Broadcasting Scholarships, given to deserving students of MBA member station employees:
• Amanda and Brian Crowley, children of Robert Crowley, WCVB-TV.
• Cameron Taylor, son of Patricia Taylor, Country 102.5, WKLB-FM.
• Conor Lemanowicz, son of Kevin Lemanowicz, Boston 25, WFXT-TV.
• Kathleen Geary, daughter of Karen Geary, Beasley Media Group.
• Kyle Fries, son of Jean Fries, Beasley Media Group.
• Rory Tettemer, son of Rich Tettemer, 22 News, WWLP-TV.
• Samantha McFarland, daughter of Lisa Torilli, NBC Boston, WBTS-TV.
• Sebastian Murphy, son of Sebastian Murphy, Sr., Hot 96.9, WBQT-FM.
• Tessa Whitaker, daughter of Laurel Redington Whitaker, MVY Radio, WMVY-FM.