Published on May 31, 2016
$400,000 gift will fund scholarships; new equipment for broadcast studio at Main Campus
NAIT Radio and Television students will benefit from a $400,000 donation from Sportsnet. The gift will fund scholarships as well as support multimedia and digital media training, development and production at NAIT.
More specifically, the donation will:
- Support the development of an enhanced broadcast studio at NAIT’s Main Campus, to be called the Sportsnet Broadcast Studio.
- Fund eight Radio and Television scholarships yearly for three years. These $2,500 scholarships will be awarded based on academic performance.
Students in the Television program gain skills in reporting, anchoring, videography, digital media content creation, social media, writing, video editing, commercial production, journalism, sports and more. Radio students gain skills in announcing, writing, sales, audio production, music coordination, journalism, digital media content creation and more. These are both two-year diploma programs.
Sportsnet connects Canadian sports fans to their favourite teams and athletes, using five platforms: TV, radio, print, online and mobile.
Bill Yaremko, dean of the School of Information, Communication, and Engineering Technologies
“We’re grateful for this gift from Sportsnet, which will benefit students through the creation of new scholarships and provide access to the latest broadcast technology. Part of this donation will be used to refurbish our studio, creating a working classroom where students can learn in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. As a leading polytechnic, it’s essential that we provide students with these opportunities.”
Scott Moore, president, Sportsnet and NHL Properties
“In the ever-evolving world of media, NAIT has a proven track record of developing its students to become leaders in the broadcasting industry. We believe this investment with NAIT is a chance for us to help grow the next generation of media leaders in Canada."
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.