Brian Wilson Scholarship

The Brian Wilson Scholarship is an annual offer to provide $1,000 in 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.

2017 Nominations Open!

Download the Brian Wilson Scholarship Nomination Form which includes complete detail of criteria and requirements.

Submissions due Friday, April 21. 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.


Past Year Winners

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

Connor Donovan (Massachusetts) has been awarded the 2016 Brian Wilson Scholarship which promotes the values of former Board Chair Brian Wilson by providing financial support to 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.

Donovan is a Communications major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Working at WACA-TV Ashland influenced his decision to major in Communications. At WACA-TV, Donovan learned the importance of media and gained an understanding that in today’s technological world the content people consume has a profound impact on their lives. Donovan plans on pursuing a career in media to help people gain insights into the intellectual potential of diverse media content, such podcasts and YouTube videos. Helping people participate in media is something Connor has been doing throughout his six years as a WACA-TV employee and he looks to continue into the future.

2015 – Kelsey Christensen, University of Minnesota, Maple Grove, MN
View the 2015 ACM Awards and Brian Wilson Scholarship Recipients

2014 – Emily Rouleau, Western Michigan University, Monroe, MI
View the 2014 ACM Awards and Brian Wilson Scholarship Recipients