Scholarship awarded to journalism student

By Katherine Brachelli
May 4, 2006

Dan Squire

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia awarded five scholarships to undergraduate students studying radio, journalism, TV and film production, and Laura Van De Pette, a junior majoring in English and communication, was one of the recipients to receive the award.

Van De Pette, along with four students from other area colleges-LaSalle University, Rowan University, Temple University and the University of Delaware- received a $1500 scholarship at a luncheon held by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 19.

Van De Pette said, “It feels so surreal to have such an amazing media organization pay you for doing what you love.”

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia is a non-profit based organization. .Its members include people who have been associated with broadcast/communications for 10 years or more. Its members include station owners and executives, management, talent, sales, engineering, ad agency personnel and many others in all levels of broadcasting and communications. The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia aim to learn the latest in industry trends and promote broadcast-related causes, including support for the highest standards of broadcasting.

The luncheon where scholarship recipients were recognized was held at the Bala Country Club where they gave the scholarship winners their checks. Caroline Foy Welch, vice president of programming for WPVI, 6ABC, was the keynote speaker for the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia nineteenth luncheon.

Van De Pette said, “I was never given a check that big, it was so great. It was fun to talk with the other winners to see what they are doing and what direction they are heading. The surprising thing was all the winners came from huge universities, University of Delaware, Temple, La Salle and everyone seemed pretty surprised to have a student from tiny Cabrini there. But it just goes to show that this college is really doing extraordinary things in the English and communication department.”

Van De Pette, of Sicklerville, N.J., is a student ambassador, a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Scholastic Honor society, has also written for Woodcrest Magazine and was news editor of the Loquitur.

Van De Pette also said, “The scholarship meant a great deal to me because I was recognized by such huge media pioneers and that feels awesome because I can only hope that I contribute a fraction of what they did to the broadcast industry. I didn’t even feel worthy to stand in the same room as some of those ground breaking broadcasters and when it came time to meet them I was really in awe at how willing they were to help me find my niche.”

Van De Pette hopes to work for a Philadelphia-based magazine where she wants the opportunity tell someone’s story through her own words.

Van De Pette said, “There is nothing more rewarding than that. It is such a fun and compelling kind of writing that I think I could really be good at.”

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