College Television Awards
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The College Television Awards, formerly known as the Student Television Awards, was started in 1978 by a partnership between Foundation Board members Lynne Gross and Frank O’Connor, and oil man Herbert Schmertz, to recognize excellence in student work. The first Mobil-sponsored Awards ceremony was held at the Directors Guild on October 25, 1979, where six awards were handed out in two categories — the Eric Sevareid Information Program and Rod Serling Entertainment Program.
Since then, the ceremony has grown to a nationwide competition that awards over 65 trophies in 13 different categories.
Designed to emulate the Primetime Emmy judging process, entries are reviewed by active Television Academy members. Students submit their pieces through an online platform hosted by our media partner mtvU and receive multiple looks. Submissions undergo a three-round judging process, culminating in a Blue Ribbon panel that awards first, second and third prizes. Winners in all categories receive cash awards and are flown out to Los Angeles by our partner airline, United Airlines.
Over the years, the College Television Awards has expanded to include sponsored categories, including: Seymour Bricker Humanitarian Award, Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship, and Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. These awards spotlight talented storytellers interested in entering specialized fields in entertainment. In addition to showcasing student production, the College Television Awards is an entry point for students as they pursue career opportunities.
Winners are invited to participate in a Nominee Summit at the Television Academy, where they are exposed to industry professionals and undergo development workshops. Students also become part of the Television Academy Foundation alumni network, which provides access to year-round networking opportunities and events.