The Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship has been awarded since 2001 so as to honor Lou’s service to RTDNA and RTDNF.
The lucky and the most deserving recipient of the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship and an invitation to the Excellence in Journalism conference.
The most important thing is to submit the required documents prior to the application deadline which is on January 17th as the late application will not be considered for the award even though the applicant is eligible for it.
The first thing each interested student asks himself/herself when thinking about applying for a scholarship is whether he/she is eligible or not.
The Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship committee has determined certain eligibility requirements that have to be met.
First, the scholarship is available to students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors at the time the scholarship is awarded.
Then, they need to be pursuing careers in radio, television, or digital journalism and be officially enrolled, full-time sophomores or above in good standing.
The past RTDNF scholarship winners are not eligible for this award so they are not suggested to waste their time applying.
How to Apply
You will need to determine your eligibility and once this is done you are encouraged to apply for the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship by completing the online application form, in which you will need to provide your contact information, your experience as a reporter and URL links to 3-5 work samples which will prove your talent.
The work samples should be television/radio or online news pieces which must be uploaded to a host site like YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.
When the supplemental materials are in question, the applicant is supposed to provide a cover letter speaking about his/her current and past journalism experience and plans on how to use the funds if he/she happens to be the lucky winner of the award.
Also, a resume and a letter of recommendation from a professor, advisor, or supervisor are mandatory documents so as to be accepted as a possible candidate for the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship.