Nancy Seidman Dempsey Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Fund Type: Endowment
Scholarship Fund Established: Fall 1977

Scholarship Fund Description:
This scholarship fund was established by the West Michigan Telecasters, Inc. in Fall 1977 as a memorial to Mrs. Nancy Seidman Dempsey.

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships in the graduate school of communications for students who propose to follow a television career. Consideration should also be given in support of increasing diversity when scholarships are awarded, as well as students aiming toward educational television.

Nancy Dempsey graduated from Vassar College (A.B. '45-4) and received her M.A. Degree in Broadcasting from Michigan State University in 1970. Nancy was Director of Public Relations for Grand Valley State College from 1961 to 1969, during which time she produced several television programs for local stations, including a series later used in the instructional program of The State University of New York. She taught at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, in 1970-71, in the Department of Speech and Communications where she was also supervisor of students' independent study projects in mass media. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Michigan Classroom Television.

Nancy started her employment at WZZM, West Michigan Telecasters, Inc. September 13, 1971. She was a five-time winner of the Michigan Associated Press Broadcasters' Association award for Editorials. In 1971, the winning Editorial was "Freedom of the Press." In 1975, it was "The Kent County Air Show."

"One and One Is... Dos" was her major hour-long documentary. She produced a number of others for the series "At Issue," including "The Rivers Are Merging," "New Man In Lansing," and "Erosion: The People Vs. The Lake." For this series in 1975, she received the Scripps-Howard Foundation Distinguished Journalism Citation.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduate students enrolled in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media.
  • Students studying electronic or new media.
  • Preference will be given to students with diverse backgrounds and also students focusing on educational television/film.
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