With just one day left before the due date, Macy Egeland, broadcast journalism senior, applied for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Don Shelby journalism scholarship. To her surprise, she was awarded the $2,500 scholarship on Sunday in Minneapolis.
While applying, Egeland focused mainly on another scholarship, the NATAS Ed Peaott leadership scholarship. With one day left, she decided to go out on a whim and apply for one more.
“I focused mostly on the Ed Peaott and I still had one day left before the deadline. I decided to quick try for the Don Shelby one. I’m glad I did,” Egeland said.
To apply for the Don Shelby scholarship, Egeland wrote an essay on what her generation would bring to the news industry. She sent it in along with her transcript and portfolio reel.
As a reporter for her high school newspaper, Egeland was infected with the news bug early. She wanted to be a print journalist. It was after a part-time job as a camera operator at KXNB in her hometown Bismarck, her hometown, that she fell in love with broadcast.
Now, Egeland is a producing assistant at KVRR Fox in Fargo, as well as a fill-in for reporting and weather. She said she is grateful for her experience at Fox and the knowledge she has obtained there. She is also a producer and anchor of Campus News.
“I think that’s what set me apart from other applicants,” Egeland said. “I have that experience.”
When she received a call from an unfamiliar number over Easter weekend, Egeland was hesitant to answer. When she did, and the person on the line asked if Macy Egeland is available, she knew she had received a scholarship.
“I started jumping up and down and screaming,” Egeland said.
When it comes to her education, Egeland said she feels it helped her reach her success.
“There is no way I could have done it without everything I’ve learned in the program and Campus News,” Egeland said. “Aaron Quanbeck, Kerstin Keely and Kevin Wallevand have done so much for me.
BY SARAH TYRE
PHOTOS BY JESSICA FLEMING