Lou & Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship

 

The 2014 application period is closed. The new application period will open in February of 2015.

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Louis F. Prato has dedicated more than 30 years to RTDNA and RTDNF. Lou served as secretary of the RTDNF Board of Trustees, and for more than 20 years he was treasurer of the RTDNA Board of Directors. Lou has worked as a sports broadcaster, news director, a journalism professor. Lou and his wife Carole live near his alma mater, Penn State University. He is the author of several books on Penn State football, including The Penn State Football Encyclopedia, and was Director of the Penn State All Sports Museum.  

The scholarship was established in 2001 in recognition of Lou’s service to RTDNA and RTDNF and his commitment to excellence in journalism. It is awarded to a journalism student who brings Lou's journalism values to covering sports.

The recipient of the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship will receive $1,000 and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.
 
 
WHO CAN APPLY
 
  • Students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded, pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism
  • Winners must be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing when scholarships are awarded
  • Students may apply for only one RTDNF scholarship, and past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible.
 
HOW TO APPLY
 
  • Complete the online application form, including:
    • Contact information
    • Experience
    • URL links to 3-5 work samples
      • Work samples should be broadcast (television/radio) or online news pieces
      • Work samples should be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
  • Upload the supplemental materials:
    • Cover letter
      • Discuss your current and past journalism experience
      • Describe how you intend to use the funds
      • Discuss your choice to pursue a career in journalism
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
    • Resume
    • Letter of recommendation
      • From a professor, advisor, or supervisor
      • Addressed to RTDNF Scholarship Committee
 

PAST WINNERS

 
2014 Alan Miller Brigham Young University
2013 Kristen Wolfe Salisbury University
2012 Katie Gillen University of Florida
2011 Jonah Javad University of Missouri
2010 Jacquelyn Adams Elon University
2000 Eric Hughey Central Missouri State
2009 James D. Foley Emerson University
2007 Carl Deffenbaugh Northwestern University
2006 Patric Sleightholm Sam Houston State University
2005 Scott McGowan Emerson University
2005 Justin Kircher Susquehanna University
2002 Kyle Edelen Western Kentucky University
 
 


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Frequently asked questions
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CONTACT: If you have questions about scholarships and fellowships, please contact Karen Hansen: karenh@rtdna.org