Brian Wilson Scholarship

The Brian Wilson Scholarship is an annual offer to provide $1,000 in college financial assistance by the Alliance for Community Media, promoting the values of former Board of Directors Chair Brian Wilson. The recipient will be an individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program in media arts, broadcast journalism, community & public service, government administration, public education administration or teaching.

Fill out the online 2018 Brian Wilson Scholarship Form to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 pm CT on Friday, February 16, 2018. Scholarship applicants must be:

  1. An active ACM individual member, child of an active ACM individual member, or part-time employee of an access center who is an organizational member.
  2. A student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program for media arts, broadcast journalism, community & public service, government administration, public education administration or teaching at the time the award is granted.

About Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson was a leader of the Alliance for Community Media first as chair of the Northeast Region, then Northwest Region and ultimately the National organization. Brian worked in both commercial and non-profit community television. He also spent many years working in government and serving his own community as a volunteer firefighter and mentor. Brian was a believer in building community by bringing people of diverse backgrounds together and using fun and insightful ways to create understanding and links between individuals of different geographical, racial and philosophical backgrounds who shared similar goals of creating better understanding through media, by mentoring or via government efforts. His efforts paid off in small towns, large cities and regional and national organizations. He did so with intelligence, eloquence, loyalty, honesty, and respect for others.


2018 Winner: Louie Gasper

Louie is a nineteen year old sophomore at The Evergreen State College based out of Olympia, Washington and has been involved with the Alliance for Community Media Northwest Region as a member and conference panelist. Originally, he started volunteering at thirteen years old, as an advocate for foster youth which has inspired him to get involved with community media to elevate the untold stories of his community. He is currently studying communications and social entrepreneurship through organizational strategic planning. Louie has worked as the Director of Promotions & Outreach for KAOS Community Radio, currently works as a News Features Writing Fellow for his college, and aspires to have an internship in DC with the Obama Foundation and National Public Radio in 2019. His eventual goal is to create an organization “Promoting Sounds”, that would be dedicated to advancing independent artistry and promoting independent projects in news and media.


Past Year Winners

2018 – Louis Gasper

2017 – Rachael Chatel, Keene State College

2016Connor Donovan, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Ashland, MA

2015 – Kelsey Christensen, University of Minnesota, Maple Grove, MN

2014 – Emily Rouleau, Western Michigan University, Monroe, MI