Snyder Scholarship Winners
- 2017 — Natalie Schuster
- 2017 — David Yanish
- 2016 — Kenton Barber
- 2015 — Adam Steinbach
- 2014 — Samuel Troz
- 2013 — Sara Wirtz
- 2012 — Erik Cole
- 2011 — Katelyn Zima
- 2010 — Alex Smith
Liechti Scholarship Winners
- 2017 — Joseph Foote
- 2016 — Anthony Montalvo
- 2015 — Ciara Van Gheem
- 2014 — Steven Heil
- 2011 — Kyle Kohl
- 2010 — Callie Mills
Brenda Lee Lau Scholarship Winners
- 2017 — Brooke Bayer
- 2016 — Christine Juhas
The following UWO scholarships are available to our students. All scholarship application deadlines are in the fall semester each year.
Dr. Robert L. Snyder Scholarship
This scholarship was established in March 2008 by family, friends, colleagues and former students to honor his significant contributions to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and to the fields of radio, television and film. Dr. Robert L. “Doc” Snyder established Radio TV Film at UW Oshkosh and ultimately produced a nationally respected program that has graduated hundreds of students currently working in radio, television and film careers. There is one recipient awarded annually with an award amount of $500 payable toward following fall semester tuition.
Criteria for the Dr. Robert L. Snyder Scholarship
Criteria for Selection:
- Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
- Applicants must have a declared major or minor in the Radio-TV-Film program.
- Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits at the time of application and must have at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining following the semester of application.
- Applicants must remain in good academic standing at the time of application and the time the award is disbursed.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 in classes in the Radio-TV-Film program.
- Please submit an application form.
- A 200 word personal statement addressing your career goals.
Dr. Harris N. Liechti Scholarship
Dr. Harris N. Liechti earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He was a writer/producer/director for Armed Forces Radio and Television in Hollywood and for the U.S. Office of Education in Washington, D.C. In 1968, he joined the UW Oshkosh Radio TV Film faculty, teaching television production, film history, educational telecommunications and telecommunications of the future. He also wrote, produced and directed educational programming, and was central in establishing the International Film Series — the student organization that continues to be active. One year after his retirement in 1990, he established this scholarship, and upon his death in 2002, he left bequest to allow the scholarship to continue to be given. There is one recipient awarded annually with an award amount of $500 payable toward following spring semester tuition.
Criteria for the Dr. Harris N. Liechti Scholarship
Criteria for Selection:
- Applicants must be undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
- Applicants must have a declared major or minor in Radio-TV-Film.
- Applicants must have at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining following the semester of application.
- Applicants must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.00.
- Projects must have been completed since the last scholarship was awarded and must have been created/produced while the student attended this institution.
- Submit an application form through Academic Works.
- Submit the STAR report page listing the overall GPA.
- Submit a paper, production, script, or website centering on one of the following topics:
- Mass Media and the Future
- Mass Media and Education
- Mass Media and the Exploration of Culture
- Each submission must be accompanied by a statement explaining how the work addresses at least one of the above topics.
There are different ways in which a project might fulfill one of the three topics…
Category #1: Mass Media and the Future
- A research paper, or media production, or website could examine the changing landscape of media and entertainment industries. This may relate to changes in technologies, accessibility, production trends, distribution, or exhibition.
- A media production or website or script could examine future issues facing our society, such as the environment or the global economy.
- A media production or script could be set in the future, probing an ethical or humanistic problem. (One of Dr. Liechti’s all-time favorite films was 2001: A Space Odyssey. He undoubtedly would have also embraced Children of Men.)
Category #2: Mass Media and Education
- A research paper, media production, or website could explore the role the mass media plays or should play within the educational or informational process.
- A media production or script with an educational purpose or a strong educational facet could be relevant. (Narrative film examples of the latter: Good Night and Good Luck, Stand and Deliver)
Category #3: Mass Media and the Exploration of Culture
- A research paper or media production or website could examine the role(s) the mass media plays in circulating ideas about past or present culture (including combating or perpetuating cultural stereotypes).
- A media production or script might seek to better understand some aspect of our culture — past or present. (Narrative film examples: A League of Their Own, 61, Searching for Bobby Fisher. Narrative TV examples: John Adams miniseries, Klondike miniseries, Broken Trail miniseries)
- A media production or script could enlighten viewers on a past or present cultural (or subcultural) practice. (Narrative film examples: Daughters of the Dust, Witness, Smoke Signals)
For this scholarship, there is no bias toward any project format or medium. Video productions, audio productions, and research papers have all been selected as scholarship winners in the past. Dr. Liechti’s all-time favorite project was a documentary/narrative hybrid production. In the black and white first scene, we meet the filmmaker’s real grandmother, who is now in a nursing home. She says something that triggers a flashback shot on color film, in which an actress portrays her as a young woman. The flashback tells the real story of how she met her husband; in the process, we learn how early 20th century farmers dressed and lived (authentic period wardrobe and props were secured through the Hutchinson House Museum and the Neenah Historical Society). The final scene takes place back at the nursing home, where we now understand the meaning of what the grandmother had said at the beginning.
Brenda Lee Lau Storytelling Scholarship
This scholarship was created by Brenda Lee Lau, a 1983 graduate of the UW Oshkosh Radio-TV-Film program. As ABC’s Creative Director/Sr. Writer/Producer/Director she has launched shows such as NYPD Blue, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Brothers & Sisters, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and campaigns for The Oscars, The AMA’s, The CMA’s and the BMA’s. Brenda loves storytelling and continues to write and direct independent films. Deadbeat and Framed-The Adventures of Zion Man are her 2 recent movies. She mentors students and assists them in procuring employment and developing a career path. She’s passionate about promoting the next generation of storytellers. This award recognizes female students who demonstrate leadership and promise in the field of narrative storytelling. There is one recipient awarded annually with an award amount of $500 payable toward the following spring semester tuition.
Criteria for the Brenda Lee Lau Storytelling Scholarship
- Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a declared major/minor of Radio-TV-Film.
- First preference will be given to female applicants meeting all requirements.
- Preference will be given to majors.
- Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits (or equivalent to junior status) at the time of application and must have at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining following the semester of application.
- The primary criteria for selection shall be an applicant’s promise and potential in the field of writing, directing and/or producing with a specific focus on narrative storytelling. Financial need shall not be a consideration.
- Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement; a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in RTF classes is required both during the semester of application and during the semester the award is credited to the student’s account.
- Applicants will be required to fill out an application form that will include a resume and an essay no longer than two pages (500 words) that demonstrates his/her interest and commitment to pursuing a career in the field of writing, directing or producing with a specific focus on narrative storytelling.
- Provided prior recipients meet the required scholarship criteria, they may re-apply in a subsequent year. Applicants re-applying after selection will not be automatically renewed. They will be judged from among the application pool each year. If selected, they may receive the award a total of two times.
- Applications will be processed through Academic Works.
- Application form shall require at least two letters of recommendation speaking to the applicant’s promise and potential in the field of writing or directing with a specific focus on narrative storytelling. At least one letter shall be from a UW Oshkosh faculty member, administrator or staff member. Other letters may be from sources outside of the UW Oshkosh community.
- Applicants must submit an electronic portfolio of work samples from on and off-campus experiences related to the selection criteria. Examples could be short films, television or radio episodes, scripts. etc. A minimum of two and a maximum of five samples that best exemplify the quality of the applicants writing or directing abilities will be accepted.
- Selection will be completed by a committee convened by the Chair of the Radio-TV-Film program with faculty representatives from the Radio-TV-Film program. At least one faculty member from each of the following area: film production, tv and script writing shall be part of the committee.
- In the event the conditions in the future shall render impractical or impossible to fulfill the purposes for which this scholarship has been established, the President of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Foundation in consultation with the Dean of the College of Letters and Science, shall award the scholarship to worthy applicants who most closely fit the above established criteria.
Fox Valley Radio Broadcasters Scholarship
One scholarship at $500 is given annually to one student who is a sophomore or above majoring in Radio TV Film at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh who will be continuing for one more semester after award is granted.
Criteria for the Fox Valley Radio Broadcasters Scholarship
- Applicant must have completed 30 or more credits.
- Must have a GPA of 2.75 in the Radio TV Film major.
- Submit online application form through Academic Works.
- Submit STAR report.
- Submit resume.
- Submit a short statement of Career Goals (100 words or less)
- Submit short essay on: How you see media evolving in the next five years (250 words)
- Submit a sample of your media work:
- A script, as sales presentation, a radio or TV ad, a research paper, audio production sample, blog, podcast, website, etc.
- Work may be from a class, student media organization, internship or job.
Journal Foundation Walter Jay and Clara Charlotte Damm Scholarship
This scholarship is offered through the UWO Financial Aid office. The criteria is you need to be a RTF major or other news communication major and in financial need. There is preference to students with a current relationship with the Journal Media Group or the Milwaukee broadcast operations. There are three recipients awarded annually with an awards amount of $1,000 each.
To apply for the following national scholarships click on the link in the description.
Broadcast Education Association National Scholarships
The BEA administers 14 scholarships annually. These scholarships are available to our students and more information can be found on the BEA website.
Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Scholarships
The WBA Foundation offers four scholarships – two $2,000 awards and two $1,000 awards to assist students enrolled in broadcasting-related educational programs at 4-year public or private colleges and universities. For more information please refer to the WBA website.
The Jack Shelley Scholarship
Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association presents the Jack Shelley Scholarship to recognize outstanding promise in the field of broadcasting. The MBJA awards one $1,250 scholarship each year to be used for broadcast education. The application deadline is the last week of February. Information on how to apply can be found on the MBJA website.
Radio Television Digital News Association
The RTDNA has several scholarships available ranging from $1,000-$10,000. You can find more information on the RTDNA website. The application deadline is in May.