Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship
"I'd just like to be remembered for being a compassionate human being who happened to be fortunate enough to be born at a time when there was a fabulous thing called television."
- Fred Rogers
From 1967 to 2001, Fred Rogers produced his daily children's television program, celebrating imagination and play, exploring children's feelings and sense of self worth, and treating young viewers with love and respect. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood continues to air on PBS stations throughout the United States and remains the gold standard of how television can enlighten, educate and increase social consciousness and understanding.
From 2014 to 2017, the Television Academy Foundation's Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship Program awarded two $5,000 scholarships to rising seniors, graduating seniors (continuing directly to graduate school) and graduate students (Masters or Ph.D) to support and encourage them to pursue a career in children’s media and further the values and principles of Fred Rogers’ work.
In addition to the monetary award, successful applicants were mentored by children’s programming professionals during the academic year. Mentors were identified from the Television Academy’s Los Angeles or New York membership.
In 2018, the Foundation will seek funding for an endowed internship postition in Fred Rogers' memory, to support a full eight-week, paid internship for a student working in children's programming.
- Watch Fred Rogers' interview with the Archive of American Television