Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship
Lou Prato was RTDNA treasurer from 1981 to 2001 and served as secretary of RTDNF's Board of Trustees until 2006. Prato's friends and colleagues have endowed an RTDNF scholarship in honor of Lou and his wife, Carole. The scholarship provides a $1,000 tuition grant to a deserving student who is planning a career as a sports reporter in television or radio. Lou has worked as a news director, a journalism professor, a consultant, and Director of the Penn State All Sports Museum. Lou and Carole live near his alma mater, Penn State University. He is the author of The Penn State Football Encyclopedia.
2014 Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship Winner - Alan Miller, Brigham Young University
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Alan Miller is a senior studying broadcast journalism at Brigham Young University. While growing up, Alan's father owned and managed a handful of local small market radio stations along the Oregon coast. Alan literally learned to crawl in the halls of his father's station and had his first experience with broadcasting as soon as he could talk, telling stories and singing songs on air. Alan worked for the family business as a board operator for live high school games, as well as an on air personality in high school. While attending BYU as an engineering student, he visited the broadcasting facilities on campus and felt instantly at home and decided to change majors. After making the switch to broadcast journalism, Alan worked part time as an operator for BYUtv's master control operations. He volunteered to help in the web broadcast of the university's club hockey games and called a few games himself. As part of his education, Alan learned to shoot, write, and edit stories for the university's weekly sports broadcast. He continued to work part time at BYUtv and BYU Radio where he helped develop and launch a daily sports talk show and was an integral part of the the show's transition to become nationally simulcast on both TV and radio.
"Receiving the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship is not only an honor and privilege, but an invitation to further dedicate myself to a work that is worthy of this distinction," Miller said. "The achievements of Lou Prato are to be admired and his contributions to his alma mater are of great significance to the history of Penn State. I'm grateful to the Prato family and all others associated with RTDNF for this generous scholarship that will help me begin my career and hopefully have the opportunity to some day give back in the same regards."
For a complete list of scholarship and fellowship winners update as they are announced, visit our 2014 scholarship winners page.