Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation
Our MIssion
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation contribution to broadcasting in Wisconsin encompasses a strategic, long term vision for enhancing, promoting and supporting the broadcast industry by encouraging the preservation of broadcast history, participating in public affairs activities in the State of Wisconsin and providing educational opportunities for professional broadcasters and those who seek future careers in the broadcast industry.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation offers two $2,000 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships. The scholarships were awarded at the WBA’s Student Seminar on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel in Middleton.

Congratulations to our 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

Melissa Behling

Melissa Behling – Results Broadcasting, Inc. Scholarship

Melissa graduated from J.I. Case High School in Racine, WI. She is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is majoring in Journalism and the Digital Studies Certificate Program. Melissa will graduate in May of 2017.P1020437

Melissa has been on the Dean’s list in Madison for 5 semesters. She is currently on the PR Committee and a mentor for the Freshman Mentorship Association and has served as a mentor and tutor for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. Melissa is an accomplished snare drummer and is a snare drum technician for the Sauk Prairie High School. During the last two summers she has performed with the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps of Iowa and is currently a drummer with the Green Bay Packers Tundraline.

Melissa has been a reporter for the Daily Cardinal Multi-Media Team. She has also produced, videotaped and edited as a reporter for the Badger Report, Madison Commons and The Daily Cardinal. She is currently a reporter and social media coordinator for Madison Commons.

Her career goal is to become a producer in a large market. She would like to influence the content of broadcast news to ensure it is newsworthy and to produce educational documentaries that will serve as long form educational programs.

Benjamin Koenigs

Benjamin Koenigs – Howard Gernetzke Scholarship

Ben is a graduate of Plymouth High School in Plymouth, WI. He is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is majoring in Communications with an emphasis on Mass Media, Public Relations and Journalism. Ben will graduate in May.P1020438

Ben is a musician and is the lead singer, bassist and manager of an award winning band that has played throughout Wisconsin. He was a finalist for the 2015 “Talking the Talk” contest on the Time Warner Cable Sports Network. Ben has been the head of operations for several charity events that have raise over $1,000 for local organizations.

Ben has done field work for ESPN and Time Warner Cable Sports. He has been a writer for the independent fantasy football website “The Fantasy Authority”. Ben is the host of a podcast for the UW Green Bay student newspaper which is available for download on iTunes every Saturday morning.

He has an undying love for sports and he hopes to become a sportscaster for ESPN.

Sascha Malas - Morgan Murphy Scholarship

Sascha Malas – Morgan Murphy Scholarship

Sascha graduated from Mamaroneck High School in Mamaroneck New York. She is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Madison majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and will graduate in May of 2017.P1020436

Sascha has been on the Dean’s List for three semesters. She is a member of the Sports Business Club at the UW, competes as a member of the University Club Waterski team and has been ranked within the top 10 in the Division 1 conference the past two years. Sascha volunteers for the UW Adaptive Fitness Program which serves adults with severe disabilities. She is also a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.

Sascha loves sports. She was a marketing intern for the Big Ten Network last spring and her team received the Best Overall Marketing Project Award among all Big Ten Interns. During the summer and winter breaks she has interned in production at the local television station in her home town. Last summer Sascha was a Development and Communications intern for the UW Athletic Department. She is currently a co-host on WSUM’s the Triple Threat and provides color commentary and play-by-play for the station’s coverage of UW football games. She is also a part time employee at ESPN Madison.

Sascha is passionate about sports and her goal is to become a sideline reporter for a major sports network or professional team.

Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang - WBA Foundation Scholarship

Jingzhe (Kelly) Wang – WBA Foundation Scholarship

Kelly is a graduate of the Brookfield Academy in Brookfield, Wisconsin. She is currently enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Journalism and International Studies. Kelly will graduate in May of 2016.P1020435

Kelly has been on the Dean’s list twice and received the Kettle Moraine Press Association 2011-2012 Student Journalism Award. She is active on campus as a volunteer for UW-Madison International Reach, an Information Guide and Student Ambassador of UW-Madison Campus and Visitor Relations and the Vice President of Public Relations of the UW-Madison Assembly of International Students.

Kelly’s journalism experience spans the globe having had internships with the SINA Education Channel and the Blue Ocean Network in Beijing, China, Radio Campus Aix, Aix-en Provence, France and with WPR Milwaukee, WI. She is currently the News Director, an anchor and News Team Broadcaster for WSUM, Madison. Kelly is seeking a career in International Broadcast Journalism. She aspires to help bridge different cultures and foster mutual understanding across boundaries through telling people’s stories in a truthful and compelling way.


2016 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation offers two $2,000 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships to assist students enrolled in broadcasting-related educational programs at Public or Private Colleges/Universities, Broadcast/Media Schools and Wisconsin Technical Colleges.  Students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.  The deadline for application is Friday, October 14, 2016, and all applications must be received by the WBA office by this date.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students who have completed at least one-half of their degree or graduation requirements in a broadcast or broadcast-related course of study are eligible to apply. Applicants must be attending a Higher Educational Institution in Wisconsin that has been designated as eligible by the WBA Foundation Board. To see if your school is eligible, please click here.
  1. Applicants must have a Wisconsin connection in that they must have either graduated from a Wisconsin high school or attend a Wisconsin college or university.
  1. Applicants must be planning a career in radio or television broadcasting.
  1. Previous WBA scholarship winners are not eligible.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. All applicants must complete the WBA Foundation Scholarship Application Form.
  1. All applicants must submit the following materials:
    1. Completed application form;
    2. Current copy of OFFICIAL transcript of college/university grades;
    3. Two brief letters of recommendation supporting the application;
    4. An original essay written by the applicant forecasting what the broadcasting industry will be like in five years, and how the applicant believes he or she will contribute to radio or television during that time; the essay must be typed or word processed (double-spaced) and should not exceed three pages in length.
  1. All application materials must be received by Friday, October 14, 2016.

Please mail your completed application to:

Linda Baun
WBA Foundation
44 E Mifflin Street, Suite 900
Madison, WI  53703

Our MIssion
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation contribution to broadcasting in Wisconsin encompasses a strategic, long term vision for enhancing, promoting and supporting the broadcast industry by encouraging the preservation of broadcast history, participating in public affairs activities in the State of Wisconsin and providing educational opportunities for professional broadcasters and those who seek future careers in the broadcast industry.