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Inaugural Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship
(released 12/13/2004)

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences invites applications for the first annual Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship was established by the Television Academy and its Children's Programming Peer Group to honor the creator and host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and is intended to support and encourage an aspiring upper division or graduate student to pursue a career in children's media that furthers the values and principles of Fred Rogers' work. In addition to a monetary award, the scholarship recipient will be assigned a mentor from the Television Academy's Children's Programming Peer Group who will work with him/her during the academic year.

The scholarship is open to upper division undergraduates and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) of accredited colleges or universities. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment, either through coursework or experience, to any combination of at least two of the following fields: early childhood education, child development/child psychology, film/television production, music, and animation. Applicants must also have the ultimate goal of working in the field of children's media. Particular attention will be given to student applicants from inner city or rural communities.

See the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website for complete program information.

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