The WBA Foundation Scholarship Program is Here to Help!
As per the WBA’s Assistance Action Plan for EEO Compliance, the following is one of the ways your WBA can help you earn non-job vacancy specific menu option initiative credits: The WBA Foundation has established a scholarship program which extends scholarships to worthy students on an annual basis (the application process is open from the beginning of September to October 16. To obtain one full “Menu Option Initiative” credit per two-year period, each SEU should:
- ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS Donate to the Foundation (earmarked for scholarships) a minimum of $100 for radio SEUs with 1 or 2 stations, a minimum of $200 for radio SEUs with three or more stations, and a minimum of $300 for TV SEUs. If it is your year to make a donation, the WBA will send you a donation reminder.
- FOR EACH YEAR OF THE 2-YEAR PERIOD Promote the availability of the scholarship program over the SEUs stations and direct interested candidates to mail, fax, or email the station requests for an application (a 30-second script has been sent to all member stations).
- FOR EACH YEAR OF THE 2-YEAR PERIOD Provide blank application forms upon request. (Application forms have been sent to all member stations.)
- FOR EACH YEAR OF THE 2-YEAR PERIOD Be available to answer questions about the program.
- FOR EACH YEAR OF THE 2-YEAR PERIOD Make an initial evaluation of the candidate(s) for the evaluation committee. The WBA will send each SEU copies of the applications asking for input based on the student’s GPA, post-high school employment and extracurricular activities, awards and honors, broadcasting experience and commitment, and his/her response to an essay question, before they are sent on to the Education Committee and the WBA Foundation Board for judging.
So that we can target the evaluation mailing (#5) to just those SEUs that plan on using this option for EEO credit, please email Linda by October 2, 2015. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Do you know a student who could use assistance with educational expenses?
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation offers two $2,000 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships. Students who meet the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. -MORE-
The WBA Foundation has awarded 5 grants totaling $10,607 under its Educational Support Grants Program for 2015.
The following grants were approved by the Foundation Board at the WBA/WBA Foundation Joint Board Meeting in June:
- UW-Eau Claire ($2,000)
- UW-Green Bay ($1,999)
- Marquette University ($2,000)
- UW-Oshkosh ($1,800)
- UW-Whitewater ($2,808)
The Educational Support Grant Program was created by the WBA Foundation in 2000 to award up to $10,000 annually to assist nonprofit college and technical school broadcast education programs in acquiring equipment, hardware, software and/or other teaching materials that are necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting.
In its 16 years, the program has generated such good responses that the Foundation Board has approved $163,358 in grants.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame was created in 1989 to honor those broadcasters who have devoted their careers to broadcasting and its development in Wisconsin, to recognize their outstanding service to broadcasting, their communities, and their state, over at least a fifteen-year career in the industry, at least ten of which were served in Wisconsin.
The first twelve members of the Hall of Fame were inducted during the 1989 WBA Summer Conference. Since 1989, 127 outstanding broadcasters have been honored with Hall of Fame inductions. Inductees are chosen each year from among nominations by WBA members. Broadcasters who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame include managers, personalities, engineers, reporters, educators and those broadcasting pioneers who were at once all of the above. The 2015 inductees are Don Carmichael, Dr. Charles A. Culver, Sandra K. Shockley, Mike Sullivan, and Tom Walker. -MORE-