Rachel Schechter of Brookline is one of three winners of an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation $10,000 Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship for her work in educating children through media. In addition to the award, she will be assigned a mentor from the Television Academy’s Children’s Programming Group, who will work with her during the academic year.
The winners were announced at the Fred Rogers Center’s Fred Forward Conference in Pittsburgh on March 21. The scholarship program is dedicated to the legacy of Fred Rogers, who greatly influenced children’s media through his long-running “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Rogers’ wife, Joanne Rogers, Television Academy Foundation Executive Director Terri Clark and Ernst & Young partner Lynette Horrell presented the awards at a reception honoring the students.
Schechter, who is working toward a PhD in child development at Tufts University, plans to research the relationship between children’s use of media and learning.
This will be the sixth year that the Television Academy Foundation has awarded Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarships to deserving college students. The grants are underwritten by Ernst & Young.
The Fred Forward Conference brought together national leaders in education, research, technology, policy and children’s media to explore how they can work together to use emerging technologies and new media in developmentally appropriate and educational ways.