Kimberly Snyder, a student in the master’s of education program at Carlow University Greensburg and a resident of Youngwood, Pa., has been awarded the Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Currently, Snyder is a substitute teacher in the Yough School District.
The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to four students “to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue a career in children’s media and further the values and principles of Fred Roger’s work,” according to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation’s website.
“One of the most exciting aspects of the award is that the Academy of Television and Arts, which is awarding the scholarship, is flying me to Los Angeles for an educational panel discussion and the College Television Awards,” says Snyder.
Snyder was awarded the scholarship to develop technology-related programming that will promote Mister Rogers' legacy. She is still deciding between several different opportunities for her independent study.
To assist her with this, she has been paired with a mentor. Gregg Behr, Snyder’s mentor, serves as the executive director for the Grable Foundation—a Pittsburgh-based foundation that improves the lives of young people.
The educational panel discussion was on April 24 and then on April 25, she will attend the awards, which will be hosted by Tom Bergeron.