The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is a professional association dedicated to the advancement of television and related electronic media and best known for its Emmy® Awards which recognize excellence in a number of categories. The Academy also sponsors programs, seminars, and scholarships for high schools and colleges in cities served by the 19 local chapters. In addition, the National Organization, through its non-profit Foundation, awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who intend to pursue a baccalaureate degree in communications with an emphasis on any aspect of the television industry. More info.


2024 Suncoast Chapter Scholarships

Thank you to everyone who applied for a scholarship this year. If you were not able to apply, please be sure to remember that the Suncoast Scholarship application process starts every year in mid-January and runs through March 1st. It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss! 

Scholarship Applications are currently being reviewed. You will be notified if you are granted an interview. Results will be announced on our website on April 8, 2024.

The scholarship application process is now closed.

Eligibility requirements:

Applicant must reside within the SUNCOAST REGION that includes the State of Florida, the State of Louisiana, the Mobile– Pensacola Market area, and Puerto Rico and MUST plan to attend or currently attend an accredited college or university in the SUNCOAST REGION

  • Be a high school graduating senior or a college student (undergraduate student ONLY) with a declared major in Communications/Broadcasting with a concentration in television
  • Applicant MUST already be accepted to a college/university
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Submit an unofficial transcript
  • Submit a resume along with the application
  • Submit a one-page bio
  • Submit one of the two essay questions below (250 to 350 words):

AI requires human-like intelligence and creativity to make refined and meticulous decisions. How would you use AI to enhance your work, taking into account the context of your stories and moral implications?
– OR –

With rapidly evolving technology and shifting consumer preferences, the expectations for a bright and exciting new era in broadcast television are high. In what ways do you think those 2 factors will positively impact the industry?

  • Share links for two projects you’ve worked on along with a brief description of what your role was on each of those projects
  • Letter of Recommendation: Please arrange to have one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Please note: The letter should attest to character attributes such as integrity and leadership
  • If chosen to participate in a personal interview with Scholarship Committee members, be prepared to give the name of the school you will attend, what semester the funds are needed for, and the amount of funds needed for said semester

All guidelines must be met to avoid disqualification

If you have any questions, you may call Claudia Keppinger, Scholarship Chairman at (305) 484-5773 or email If your call isn’t answered right away, please send a brief text identifying yourself as a Suncoast Scholarship Applicant and your call will be returned as soon as possible.