June 12, 2020
LOCAL NEWS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Eugene Area Radio Stations – EARS – a non-profit trade association comprised of all Eugene area radio stations recently awarded $6,000 in scholarships to student volunteers on school radio stations in Oregon. Its goal is to support students pursuing a radio career through post-secondary education.

Two (2) students were selected by EARS to receive 2020 scholarships, because of the student’s strong academic qualifications, current/past work at student run radio stations, community service, and their interests in a professional radio career.

The EARS scholarship program selects one graduating high school student and one college level student, each to receive a $3,000 scholarship.

These 2020 Eugene Area Radio Stations Scholarship Awardees include:

$3,000 College Under-Graduate Scholarship: 

Sean Tucker St. Clair, a University of Oregon student from Klamath Falls, Oregon, with an undergraduate GPA of 3.44.  St. Clair will be a senior at the University of Oregon this Fall, majoring in Bachelor of Science, Business with a career focus of audio production.  In addition to his school requirements, he has worked as an on-air personality at UO student-run KWVA 88.1 for two years and as its Music Director last year.  He is a musician and audio producer with deep roots in the UO artistic side of the music business. St. Clair hopes to leverage his three years of radio experience and industry research to work at a record label as artist management. EARS is pleased to support Sean Tucker St. Clair as he continues to develop his radio and music career in the Eugene-Springfield market.

$3,000 High School Graduate Scholarship: 

Estelle Tedrick, Junction City High School student, from Cheshire, Oregon, with a 3.92 GPA.  She will be a freshman at the University of Oregon this Fall, majoring in Journalism with a focus on becoming a tv broadcaster or radio station host.  Tedrick has been active in the Junction City HS weekly tv news program as writer and co-anchor. In addition, she is a very active volunteer in both school and community activities, as well as leading several school sports teams. Estelle Tedrick considers her coordination of fundraising for Children’s Miracle Network and participation in the Unified Olympics as personal achievements.

Total investment by the Eugene Area Radio Stations in the EARS 2020 Scholarship program is $6,000 in awards.  Applications for the Fall 2021 school year scholarship program will be accepted starting January 2021 and will close May 1, 2021.

A career in radio broadcasting is fun, challenging, and provides the foundation for a lifetime of community involvement. Radio is alive and growing despite the introduction of digitally delivered audio.  In Lane County over 91% of all adults over 12 years old listen to free, over-the-air radio every week. That’s over 286,000 radio listeners every week.

Eugene Area Radio Stations is a 501(6)(C) non-profit trade association comprised of 22 commercial and public radio stations in the Eugene/Springfield/Cottage Grove/Junction City market area.  Its scholarship program has awarded over $100,000 to qualifying students over the past decade. Many of the recipients have active careers in radio broadcasting.

For more information:
Peter Powell, Executive Director
ears.peter@eugeneradio.org