Bob Bennett Future Leaders

The Bob Bennett Future Leaders program supports select students from the Television Academy Foundation's summer Internship Program. Established thanks to a generous gift from the Robert M. and Margie Bennett Foundation, this initiative provides additional support for intern housing and transportation as well as professional development and leadership training. To be considered for the program, applicants must submit a 350-word essay on what innovation and leadership mean to them and how they plan to apply those qualities in their internship and future careers in television.

The future leaders of tomorrow are truly grateful for the opportunity:

"Wow, thank you so much! I am beyond honored to have received this award. This has taken an immense amount of stress off of my plate!" - Madison Anglin, New York University

"I hope to always be a positive example to those working around me and to bring new ideas to the table whether I am working in casting or stage managing for live television and I know that through my dedication and passion, I will succeed." - Sydney Rothenberg, Loyola Marymount University

"I want to be able to create unique avenues with entertainment news by expanding the reach of news through podcasts and short-form video content. Through my application of leadership, I plan on establishing a pillar within the entertainment industry, allowing emerging prodigies to be able to share their unique perspectives with the world." - Trelon Barret, Mississippi State University

"Thank you so much for this wonderful news! This scholarship will ease the burden on both me and my family this summer, and it will definitely allow me to focus all my time and energy towards the amazing internship that the TV Academy Foundation has placed me in." - Geethika Kataru, University of Miami

"I am floored by the generosity of the Television Academy Foundation and very grateful for this opportunity. I cannot wait to get started!" - Mathewson Parks, Berry College

"I am incredibly grateful to have been selected for this program. I am excited to take on this opportunity with full enthusiasm, and I am more than happy to express my gratitude to the Robert M. and Margie Bennett Foundation in whatever way I can." - Carissa Liu, University of Southern California

"This is great news! Thank you so much for this opportunity." - Nike Anifowoshe, University of North Carolina

"Thank you so much for the great news! I am so thankful to the Television Academy Foundation and the Robert M. and Margie Bennett Foundation for this scholarship." - Rachelle Duran Carrion, California State University – Long Beach

"Thank you for the great news!" - Madeleine Kern, New York University

"Through every portrait I create and the ideas I bring to life I choose to actively show up and see people in a way that celebrates and immortalizes them and their stories. I want to disrupt history in a way that impacts culture, and I want to make work that makes people feel things that they can't put into words." - Jessica Tifase, Virginia Commonwealth University

Robert M. Bennett was a broadcast executive who rose from success in several local markets — most notably at WCVB-TV in Boston — to become president of Metromedia Broadcasting, progenitor of Fox Broadcasting. For his contributions to the field, he received the President's Award of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE), and in 1994 he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1994.

Learn more about Robert M. Bennett.

Kelly Bennett

"Becoming involved with the Television Academy Foundation is a rewarding and exciting experience for me," Kelly explains.

"The chance to honor my father in the industry he and I both were passionate about is extremely satisfying. I look forward with great anticipation and enthusiasm to this new relationship in hopes that it will flourish for many years to come."

Learn more about Kelly Bennett.

updated 7.6.23

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