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.

Submissions were 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.


2017 Winner: Rachael Chatel, Keene State College

 Rachael Chatel is an elementary education and psychology major at Keene State College. As a member and the historian of the Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, she has documented and participated in fundraising, community service and multicultural awareness projects. Her experiences have motivated her to use media to create connections in her future career as a teacher.


Past Year Winners

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