NBCUniversal Media Scholarship
The NBCUniversal Media Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding undergraduate Latino students attending a U.S. post-secondary institution with an interest in the media and entertainment industry. The Program awards ten (10) $5,000 national scholarships to qualified rising sophomores and juniors and is sponsored by NBCUniversal and administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).
The scholarship award of $5,000 will be divided into two equal disbursements of $2,500 made in the fall and spring. Scholarships are non-renewable. Recipients are required to enroll as a full-time student and maintain a cumulative college grade point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent to be eligible for the second scholarship disbursement.
After completion of the fall semester, recipients must submit a copy of their grade report and enrollment verification for the spring semester to the national office in order to receive the spring check disbursement. Scholarship awards are sent directly to the recipient’s college or university and deposited in the recipient’s name. The funds will be allocated toward the payment of tuition and academic fees, and the purchase of required educational materials and books. The school is the custodian of the funds and will disburse the award consistent with the purpose of this program.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:
- Must be a college sophomore or junior enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university
- Must be at least 18 years of age or older
- Must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent
- Must be a U. S. Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident, or have legal authorization to work in the U.S. without requiring sponsorship now or in the future
- Must have an interest in the media and entertainment industry; all majors are welcome
For consideration, applicants must submit the following:
- Complete online application
- College transcript, including cumulative GPA
- Three letters of recommendation
For the last program year, ten recipients were selected for the program to pursue a four-year degree at Arizona State University, DePaul University, Emerson College, Northeastern Illinois University, St. Olaf College, Temple University, University of Maryland, University of Southern California, and the University of Texas at Austin.
From the previous cohort of recipients, 90% of students continued their studies in a post-secondary institution and are on track to receive a four-year degree.
2021-2022 NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Recipients
“I would not be where I am if it were not for two things: people who believed in me and taking risks. By risks I mean the ability to pursue opportunities that perhaps can’t economically benefit me in the short term but that are crucial to opening doors for the future of my career. I was able to go on a whim to upstate New York to shadow my first feature film set for a couple of days with one of Mexico’s top cinematographers, and I was also able to spend the month of March working as cinematographer on a series of short documentary projects in Chiapas, Mexico, again because I was in a financial position where this was possible. The scholarshipwas certainly crucial in alleviating the economic stresses of higher education, however the value of the opportunities and doors it has allowed me to open is invaluable.”
– Fernando, American University, Film and Media Arts
“As a student who was working two part time jobs and an internship because I desperately needed the money due to my unfortunate situation, the scholarship brought a sense of relief for me. I was finally, for the first time in a while, able to take a deep breath and pause. Additionally, as someone who foresees himself entering the media business / industry, it was a great pleasure to receive a scholarship from NBC. All around, it was just a great feeling to receive a scholarship award because it not only gave me relief financially to, at least for a little while, focus more on school than my jobs, but it gave me a boost a confidence that I needed and desired from the media industry.”
– Julio, University of Southern California, Communications
“The NBCUniversal Media Scholarship helped me tremendously in my college financial situation, especially during my junior year when I went abroad to Madrid. I truly believe I wouldn’t have pursued this opportunity (among others) without the generosity of both organizations. It also motivated me, a first-generation Mexican student, to chase after my passion for entertainment and media business despite the many hurdles I faced. What followed was an internship at NBCUniversal itself as well as my current role as an East Coast Page! I couldn’t be more thankful for this incredible program and the opportunities it granted me.”
– Zachary, Washington University in St. Louis, Marketing