Bates grad gets funding

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and Ernst and Young LLP jointly announced that Nathalie Carrick and Nicholas Deysher are the recipients of the second Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship.

The announcement was made by Nancy Steingard and Vicki Ariyasu, governors of the Television Academy’s Children’s Programming Peer Group, and Andy Sale, Ernst and Young’s media and entertainment leader for the Pacific Southwest Area.

The scholarships were presented to the students at the 33rd annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on April 22 in Los Angeles by Daytime Emmy nominee, J.D. Roth (“Endurance: Tehachapi”).

Carrick, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at the UC Irvine, was given the research scholarship. Deysher, a grad student in the University of Miami’s media writing and production program, was given the production scholarship.

Each received $10,000 to support their aspiring careers in children’s media and furthering the values and principles of Rogers’ work. In addition, both were assigned a mentor from the Television Academy’s Children’s Programming Group who will work with them during the academic year.

Deysher, who hails from Westborough, Mass., graduated from Bates College in the spring of 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in music composition with a focus on jazz writing.

Deysher then went on to work as a preschool teacher and music specialist at the LEAP school in Lexington, Mass., where he discovered his love of children’s music and began his career as a children’s performer.

In 2001 he released his debut children’s music album, “One Man Band,” followed in 2003 with a second album, “In the Nick of Time.” In 2005 Nicholas decided to return to school to pursue a master’s degree. He was one of two people accepted to the University of Miami’s media writing and production program, designed for students who are interested in composition and production of music for television and film.

Deysher will graduate in the spring of 2007 and, with the support of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, he hopes to continue to create music for children.

Carrick was born in France and moved to the United States with her family when she was 3. She received her B.A. and M.S. in child development from Tufts University and Virginia Tech, respectively. Pursuing a PhD in developmental psychology at UC Irvine, she is studying the relationship between the media and a child’s imagination. Carrick will graduate in June 2008.

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