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March 10, 2020

PILOT Awards 2020 Media Technology and Innovation Scholarships

-- NAB’s innovation initiative will provide four students with media technology scholarships --

Washington, D.C. -- PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters, has announced this year’s round of winners of its annual media technology and innovation scholarships. The awards, valued at $5,000 each, will be presented to four college students—two undergraduate and two graduate—for pursuit of studies related to broadcast or media technology and innovation. The scholarship program launched in 2019 and is administered in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

This year’s winners (and the schools to which they plan to apply their scholarships) are as follows:

  • Trey Dickey, University of Alabama
  • Mariana Janjacomo Semenoff, New York University
  • Charlotte Norsworthy, University of Georgia
  • Irene Franco Rubio, Arizona State University

Eligible academic areas for scholarship applicants included broadcast television or radio engineering and technology, 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.

“NAB is excited to work once again with BEA in presenting these PILOT scholarships to worthy students as they pursue careers in broadcast and media technology,” said NAB Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny. “Their fresh thinking will invigorate our industry and keep it vibrant as we engage with future opportunities.”

BEA Executive Director Heather Birks added, “BEA is grateful for PILOT’s dedication to supporting the next generation of media innovators. We continue to be impressed as we review the scholarship applicants each year and are honored to partner with PILOT to award the talented students selected this year.”

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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

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