WMU student wins coveted scholarship from broadcasters foundation

contact: Mark Schwerin
| WMU News
Photo of Teresa Turner.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A Western Michigan University student in the film, video and media arts program is one of 27 students statewide to win a competitive scholarship from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

Teresa Turner, of Kalamazoo, was awarded The Carl E. Lee Scholarship. She and the other recipients will split $26,500 in money awarded in the foundation's 2017 Scholarship Program.

Recipients were identified by faculty representatives from each school or sponsoring TV or radio station. Those recommendations were then ratified by the foundation's board of directors. The scholarships were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo Wednesday, March 8, in Lansing.


Turner has been active in the local media scene during her college career. She is active with WMU Bronco Productions as a videographer and replay operator, and works as a disk jockey and music reviewer for campus radio station WIDR. In addition, she was chief campus editor for The Black Sheep newspaper, where she hired and trained writers, edited web and print content, and conducted staff meetings. She also has directed, produced and edited various productions, including art productions, news stories, public service announcements and a documentary.

"I am very pleased and excited to receive the Carl E. Lee scholarship, specifically because it honors a man who was highly respected and recognized at Western Michigan University for his love of broadcasting and generous donations to the University," Turner says.

devoted professors credited

Turner singled out her professors in the video and media services program for strengthening her love for the field, expanding her horizons in filmography, and striving to help her and other students find success. She recently accepted an internship to help produce promotional videos for WMU and will graduate in spring 2018 with hopes of working in sports broadcasting.

"I didn't know what I wanted to major in until the summer after my senior year of high school, and these teachers have helped me discover I chose the correct career path," she says.

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