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Scholarships

Opportunities for assistance
Can’t swing the cost of attending the PMDMC? These scholarships can help!
PMDMC Scholarships

Nate Shaw Memorial Scholarship

The Nate Shaw Memorial Scholarship is open to all young professionals working in public media as well as paid or unpaid interns. Preference will be given to those who have never been to a public media conference before, and those who may not otherwise have the means or opportunity to attend the PMDMC. Past winners are not eligible to apply.

Nate was a public media pioneer and the founding president of DEI, which became Greater Public in 2013. He was one of the first general managers in the public media system to harness the power of public participation and is considered one of the founding fathers of the “listener supported” model that we have today. Generous donations from Nate’s friends, family, and colleagues support this fund.

Michael Soper Memorial Scholarship

The Michael Soper Memorial Scholarship is open to development staff working at public media stations who have been in our industry between one and five years. 

Michael Soper is a former PBS senior executive who guided revenue development for public television. Soper worked for PBS from 1978 to 1992, where he helped develop on-air pledge drives and membership as a reliable source of income and rose to VP of Development. He spent two years at WETA and, in 1995 created his own consulting firm, TeamSoper, to help public media refine its fundraising strategies. 

The LKA Fundraising & Communications Scholarship

The LKA Fundraising & Communications Scholarship is open to any development or marketing staff member at a public media station.

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Winners of The Nate Shaw and The Michael Soper Memorial scholarships will receive full registration to the conference, an airfare allowance of up to $500, and three nights in the official conference hotel. The winner of the LKA Scholarship will receive coverage for their conference registration.

Preference will be given to those who have never been to a public media conference before and those who may not have the means or opportunity to attend the PMDMC otherwise.

The deadline to apply for a PMDMC scholarship closed on April 7, 2023.

Winners will be notified by April 20, 2023.
PMDMC Planning Team note: We previously announced the winners would be notified by April 18, 2023.