Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship

The Television Academy Foundation is offering Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Program for rising seniors, graduating seniors and graduate students (Masters or PhDs). The program supports and encourages the students to pursue a career in children’s media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogers’ work.  Applicant must have the ultimate goal of working in children’s media.The mission is to preserve and celebrate the history of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Two winners will receive up to $5,000 scholarship award.

The Television Academy Foundation shapes the art of creating television by engaging and educating the next generation of television professionals. The Foundation is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.


  • The Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship is open only to rising seniors, graduating seniors (must be continuing directly to graduate school) and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D.) of accredited colleges or universities within the United States.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment – through coursework or experience – to any combination of at least two of the following fields:
  1. Early childhood education
  2. Child development/child psychology
  3. Film/television production
  4. Music
  5. Animation
  6. Production of cross-platform entertainment

How to Apply:

  1. Research on the relationship between children’s use of media and learning or children’s use of media and personal growth.
  2. Development of program concepts or extended development of creative elements of an existing concept, e.g. design of puppets, scripts, storyboards, characters, music, etc. May also be used to finalizing or launch the production of an existing concept.
  • Applicant must write maximum two pages and upload an essay.
  1. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment, either through coursework or experience, to any combination of at least two of the following fields: early childhood education, child development/child psychology, film/television production, production of cross-platform entertainment, music, animation. Applicant must have the ultimate goal of working in the field of children’s media.
  2. You must also provide a three-minute video of yourself summarizing your personal statement and financial plan. Upload your video to a video-sharing site (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and include the link in an application form. Be sure to make your video public, if not provide a password below.

 Supporting Documents:

  • Entrants must fill out an application form online and submit a proposed detailed plan (including project goals/milestones) and budget of how the scholarship funds will be used. It is also required that you submit a video of yourself explaining your project.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required – either from faculty members from two of the referenced fields and/or professionals from the children’s media industry with whom you have worked.
  • Recipients must be enrolled during the period in which the scholarship is awarded and the semester following when the funds are disbursed. All scholarships will be awarded through the applicable student’s financial aid office or registrar.
  • For students on a semester calendar, half of the award will be disbursed at the beginning of the semester following the granting of the award, and the second half at the beginning of the second semester.
  • Students on the quarter system will receive their disbursements in three payments.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The foundation is offering two scholarships of $5,000 each. The scholarships are project-based and may not be used for tuition.

 Application Deadline:

The deadline for all receipt of application material is January 31, 2017.

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