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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2020
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PILOT Offers Media Technology and Innovation Scholarships

-- NABís innovation initiative will provide up to $10,000 in media technology scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in 2021 --

Washington, D.C. -- PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will continue its Media Technology and Innovation Scholarships program by offering up to four scholarships of $2,500 each in 2021. Students eligible to apply include current college sophomores, juniors, seniors entering graduate school and graduate students, for pursuit of studies related to broadcast engineering, media technology and innovation. The scholarships will be administered in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Inaugurated in 2018, the scholarship program targets academic areas that include broadcast television or radio engineering and technology as well as broadcast content creation, including sports and news production, web and online media, mobile media, media-related information technology (IT), multi-platform audience measurement and media technology research.

ďPILOT continues to stress the importance of attracting and educating top technologists to the broadcast industry," said Sam Matheny, NABís executive vice president and chief technology officer. "These scholarships expand awareness of broadcast technology in the academic world, and can assist those students with interest in the technical elements of media to pursue their goals. We are pleased to once again be working with BEA on this program, as an important part of PILOTís technology education efforts.Ē

BEA Executive Director Heather Birks added, ďOn behalf of BEAís board of directors and membership, we are grateful for PILOTís continued support. With the constantly changing environment, itís more important than ever to assist students interested in media technology and innovation. We appreciate PILOTís ongoing dedication to this crucial sector of academia.Ē

The deadline for application is October 15, 2020, and scholarship winners will be announced in February 2021.

For further information and to apply, see nabpilot.org/scholarships/.

About PILOT

PILOT is a coalition of innovators, educators and advocates dedicated to advancing broadcast technology and cultivating new media opportunities. PILOT propels broadcast television and radio into the future. It provides a platform for innovation, an engine for incubation, a venue for testing new technologies and a forum for broadcaster education. Learn more at www.nabpilot.org.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

About Broadcast Education Association (BEA)

BEA is the premiere international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.  There are currently more than 2,300 individual and institutional members worldwide. Visit www.beaweb.org for more information.

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