McLean, VA (PRWEB) April 18, 2013
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) is pleased to announce its 2013 Gracies Scholars. Ashlee Duncan, George Mason University, Class of 2013, and Zinhle Essamuah, George Washington University, Class of 2016, have been awarded travel stipends to attend the 2013 Gracies Luncheon on June 26, 2013 in New York City.
The “Gracies Scholar Program” is made possible through the generous support of the AWMF’s Honorary Trustees: David J. Barrett, President & CEO Hearst Television Inc.; Caroline Beasley, EVP and CFO, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.; Doug Franklin, President, Cox Media Group; Patrick Gottsch, President, Rural Media Group; Mark Gray, President, Katz Radio Group; Carol Hanley, Chief Sales Officer, Arbitron, Inc.; Erik Logan, President, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network; Michael Powell, President & CEO, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Abbe Raven, President & CEO, A+E Networks; Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sony Corporation of America; Dennis Swanson, President of Station Operations, FOX Television Stations.
“The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation congratulates Ashlee and Zinhle, and we look forward to seeing them at the 2013 Gracies Luncheon in New York,” said Kay Olin, AWMF Chair. “We applaud and appreciate our Honorary Trustees’ support of this program as well as their commitment to fostering students to have an active interest in media careers and the industry.”
Duncan and Essamuah served as student volunteers during the Gracies judging weekend in Washington, D.C., on January 26-27. Student volunteers were invited to apply to the Gracies Scholars program by submitting an essay about their Gracies judging experience, along with a résumé. To view this year’s winning essays, click here.
The Gracie Awards Luncheon, which honors excellence in local, online, public and student markets, will be held on June 26, 2013, at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York. The Gracies each year recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, commercials, news, features and other programs.
The Gracies are presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alliance for Women in Media which supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public and women in the media. The Gracie Awards, established in 1975, honor programming and individuals of the highest caliber in all facets of radio, television, cable and web-based media, including news, drama, comedy, commercials, public service, documentary and sports.
The Gracies Gala, which honors national winners, will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California on May 21, 2013.
Sponsored tables for both the Gracies Luncheon and Gala are available by contacting Gracies Headquarters at 703-506-3290.
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.
About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.