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Scholarships

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships!

The following UWO scholarships are available to our students. All scholarship application deadlines are in the fall semester each year. 

Dr. Robert L. Snyder Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Robert L. “Doc” Snyder, to honor his significant contributions to UW Oshkosh and to the fields of radio, television, and film. Dr. Robert L. “Doc” Snyder established Radio TV Film at UW Oshkosh and ultimately produced a nationally respected program that has graduated hundreds of students currently working in radio, television, and film careers.

 

Criteria for the Dr. Robert L. Snyder Scholarship

Applicants must be an undergraduate enrolled at the Oshkosh campus. Applicants must have a declared major or minor in Radio TV Film and must have at least 45 credits completed. Applicants must be in good academic standing and must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in RTF classes. This award will be paid out in Fall 2022.

Application Materials

Your materials will be a series of questions and/or uploads in Academic Works. Be prepared for the following:

  1. Do you have at least a 3.25 GPA in the Radio TV Film Major or minor? (yes or no)
  2. Submit a short essay addressing your career goals and leadership abilities.
  3. Upload a resume. (Make sure to include your employment history, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and any leadership positions you have held.)

Dr. Harris N. Liechti Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Harris N. Liechti, former faculty member in the Radio TV Film department. Dr. Liechti taught television production, film history, educational telecommunications, and telecommunications of the future. He also wrote, produced, and directed educational programming, and was central in establishing the student organization International Film Series.

 

Criteria for the Dr. Harris N. Liechti Scholarship

​Applicants must be an undergraduate enrolled at the Oshkosh campus. Applicants must have a major or minor in Radio TV Film and must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. This award will be paid out in Spring 2022. (Seniors can apply)

Application Materials

Your materials will be a series of questions and/or uploads in Academic Works. Be prepared for the following:

  1. Submit a paper, production, script, or website centering on one of the following topics:
    A) Mass Media and the Future, B) Mass Media and Education or C) Mass Media and the Exploration of Culture.
    1. If you’d like to submit a document, please upload your file.
    2. If your submission is a website or available via YouTube, please submit the URL.
    3. If your submission is password protected, please indicate the password.
  2. Submit a statement explaining how your work addresses at least one of the following topics: A) Mass Media and the Future, B) Mass Media and Education or C) Mass Media and the Exploration of Culture.
  3. Does your project meet these criteria? Project must have been created/produced while attending UW Oshkosh. Project may not have been previously submitted for this submitted for this scholarship.

For help choosing your project please use the following information:

Category #1:  Mass Media and the Future

  • A research paper, or media production, or website could examine the changing landscape of media and entertainment industries. This may relate to changes in technologies, accessibility, production trends, distribution, advertising, or exhibition.
  • A media production or website or script could examine future issues facing our society, such as the environment or the global economy.
  • A media production or script could be set in the future, probing an ethical or humanistic problem.

Category #2:  Mass Media and Education

  • A research paper, media production, or website could explore the role the mass media plays or should play within the educational or informational process (including media literacy).
  • A media production or script with an educational purpose or a strong educational facet could be relevant.

Category #3:  Mass Media and the Exploration of Culture

  • A research paper, media production, or website could examine the role(s) the mass media plays in circulating ideas about past or present culture (including combating or perpetuating cultural stereotypes).
  • A media production or script might seek to better understand some aspect of our culture — past or present.
  • A media production or script could enlighten viewers on a past or present cultural (or subcultural) practice.

Brenda Lee Lau Storytelling Scholarship

​This award was established by Brenda Lau, 83’ graduate of the UW Oshkosh Radio TV Film program. Brenda is an award -winning writer/director who worked her way through UW Oshkosh as a DJ and news reporter on radio, first at WBEV/WXRO in Beaver Dam and then WOSH/WYTL in Oshkosh. She gained experience at the campus radio and TV stations. She was active on campus and was captain of the UWO titan pom-pom squad for two years.

After graduating, she worked at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee for 1.5 years, gaining more experience in production, writing, and directing. Her first job in Hollywood was working at King World as an associate producer on shows like Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! She was also part of the team that launched Oprah Winfrey. From there, she started her own trailer company, Vision Productions, where she wrote and produced film trailers. She then moved to NBC as a producer and six years later landed at ABC as a Creative Director/Sr. Writer/Producer/Director launching the shows NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Brothers & Sisters, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and campaigns for the Oscars, American Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.

Brenda loves storytelling and continues to write and direct independent films. Deadbeat and Framed-The Adventures of Zion Man are two of her recent movies. She is passionate about developing the next generation of storytellers. In addition to mentoring students and helping them to develop their careers, she has established this scholarship to recognize students who demonstrate promise in the field of narrative storytelling.

Criteria for the Brenda Lee Lau Storytelling Scholarship

Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate enrolled at the Oshkosh campus. Applicant must have a declared major or minor in Radio TV Film, English, or creative writing. First preference will be given to a student majoring in Radio TV Film or English. Applicant must have at least 45 credits completed and must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA. Financial need shall not be a consideration. Previous recipients are eligible to apply. However, students may only receive the award a total of two times. This award will be paid out in Spring 2022. (Seniors can apply)

Application Materials

Your materials will be a series of questions and/or uploads in Academic Works. Be prepared for the following:

  1. Upload a resume that demonstrates your experience and commitment to pursuing a career in the field of writing, directing, or producing with a specific focus on narrative storytelling.
  2. Submit an essay describing your interest and commitment to pursuing a career in the field of writing, producing, or directing with a specific focus on narrative storytelling.
  3. You must submit an electronic portfolio of 2-5 work samples from on and off-campus experiences showcasing your writing or directing ability.
    • Submit the URL to your portfolio or work sample.
    • If a password is needed to view your portfolio/work sample, please enter it here.
  4. You must provide the name and email of two individuals (non-relatives) who have agreed to serve as references to support your application. One must be a UWO faculty or staff member. Your references must comment on your promise and potential in narrative storytelling.
    • Provide the name and email of your reference. They will be notified to submit their recommendation once added to your application.

Fox Valley Radio Broadcasters Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Fox Valley Area Broadcasters Association in 1995. 

Criteria for the Fox Valley Radio Broadcasters Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled at the Oshkosh campus. Applicants must have at least sophomore standing, must be majoring in Radio TV Film, and must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in the Radio TV Film major. This award will be paid out in Fall 2022.

Application Materials

Your materials will be a series of questions and/or uploads in Academic Works. Be prepared for the following:

  1. To enter your RTF major GPA.
  2. Upload your resume. (Make sure to include your employment history, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and any leadership positions you have held).
  3. Submit a statement describing your career goals.
  4. Submit an essay describing how you see media evolving in the next five years.
  5. Submit a sample of your media work, including but not limited to, a script, sales presentation, radio or TV ad, research paper, audio production sample, blog, podcast, or website. Please enter the URL where your work can be viewed.
  6. If your URL submission requires a password for reviewer to access it, enter password.

Journal Foundation Walter Jay and Clara Charlotte Damm Scholarship

This scholarship is offered through the UWO Financial Aid office. The criteria is you need to be a RTF major or other news communication major and in financial need. There is preference to students with a current relationship with the Journal Media Group or the Milwaukee broadcast operations. There are three recipients awarded annually with an awards amount of $1,000 each.

National Scholarships

To apply for the following national scholarships click on the link in the description.

Broadcast Education Association National Scholarships

The BEA administers 14 scholarships annually. These scholarships are available to our students and more information can be found on the BEA website.

 

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Scholarships

The WBA Foundation offers four scholarships – two $2,500 awards and two $1,500 awards to assist students enrolled in broadcasting-related educational programs at 4-year public or private colleges and universities. For more information please refer to the WBA website.

 

The Jack Shelley Scholarship

Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association presents the Jack Shelley Scholarship to recognize outstanding promise in the field of broadcasting. The MBJA awards one $1,250 scholarship each year to be used for broadcast education. The application deadline is the last week of February. Information on how to apply can be found on the MBJA website.

Radio Television Digital News Association

The RTDNA has several scholarships available ranging from $1,000-$10,000. You can find more information on the RTDNA website. The application deadline is in May.

Past Winners

Snyder Scholarship Winners
  • 2020 — Michelle Van Asten
  • 2020 — Cody Barnes
  • 2019 — Kaitlyn Smith
  • 2019 — Emillie Rathsack
  • 2018 — Benjamin Alden
  • 2017 — Lucas Hanson
  • 2017 — Amanda Beistle
  • 2016 — Natalie Schuster
  • 2016 — David Yanish
  • 2016 — Kenton Barber
  • 2015 — Adam Steinbach
  • 2014 — Samuel Troz
  • 2013 — Sara Wirtz
  • 2012 — Erik Cole
  • 2011 — Katelyn Zima
  • 2010 — Alex Smith
Liechti Scholarship Winners
  • 2020 — Shannon Kannenberg
  • 2019 — Shannon Kannenberg
  • 2017 — Kaitlin Biersach
  • 2016 — Joseph Foote
  • 2016 — Anthony Montalvo
  • 2015 — Ciara Van Gheem
  • 2014 — Steven Heil
  • 2011 — Kyle Kohl
  • 2010 — Callie Mills
Brenda Lee Lau Scholarship Winners
  • 2020 — Rachel Bartelme
  • 2019 — Kennedy Corpus
  • 2018 — Julia Beck
  • 2017 — Claudia Blair
  • 2016 — Brooke Bayer
  • 2015 — Christine Juhas
Fox Valley Radio Broadcasters Scholarship Winners
  • 2020 — Cody Barnes
  • 2019 — Billy Piotrowski
  • 2018 — Kathleen Dichoso
  • 2017 — Helena Gerritsen

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH
Radio TV Film Department

(920) 424-3131
rtf@uwosh.edu
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