The IRTS City College of New York Fellow Sponsored by Betsy Frank
IRTS is thrilled to name this Fellowship in honor of Betsy Frank, a titan of the media research field and longtime member of the IRTS Board of Directors. Betsy, embodies all of the characteristics we hope to imbue our Summer Fellows with: creativity, kindness, tenacity, and more. A firm believer in giving back to where you came from and following your curiosity, Betsy sponsors this Fellowship in the hopes of providing a City College of New York student with the opportunity to chase their ideas and explore all the possibilities the media industry has to offer.
The IRTS Lou LaTorre Fellow Sponsored by Bruce Lefkowitz
IRTS is thrilled to announce Bruce Lefkowitz will be sponsoring an IRTS Summer Fellow in honor of mentors. To date, Bruce has named his sponsored Fellowship in honor Michael Brochstein, Joe Cohen, and Lou LaTorre, all of whom have been mentors to Bruce throughout his career. In addition to being an ad sales powerhouse as the current EVP of Ad Sales at Fox Networks Group, longtime member of the IRTS Board of Directors, and basketball legend at the University of Pennsylvania, Bruce is also a champion of mentorship within the industry.
The IRTS Summer Fellow Sponsored by Rajah Maples
IRTS is thrilled to name this Fellowship in honor of Rajah Maples, a 1997 graduate of the IRTS Summer Fellowship Program and current member of the IRTS Board of Directors. Rajah, a former Fellow herself, embodies characteristics we hope to imbue our Summer Fellows with; dedication, generosity and mentorship, to name but a few. A firm believer in giving back to where you came from, Rajah sponsors this Fellowship in the hopes of providing a student with the same life changing opportunity she experienced during her IRTS Summer Fellowship.
The IRTS Brooklyn College Fellow Sponsored by Scott Herman
IRTS is delighted to name this Fellowship in honor of Scott Herman, whose experience in the radio broadcast industry is rivaled only by his longtime involvement with IRTS. A benevolent behemoth, Scott sets an example for others; he leads with humanity, kindness, and most importantly, Scott leads through example. A strong advocate of giving back to your community, Scott sponsors this Fellowship in the hopes of providing opportunity to young professionals as well as encouraging senior industry members to mentor the next generation.
The IRTS Leibner Cooper Fellow Sponsored by The Leibner Cooper Family Foundation
Carole Cooper and Richard Leibner have nurtured and advanced the careers of many of the leading journalists of our time, and have made a generous gift of $100,000 from the Leibner Cooper Family Foundation to the IRTS Foundation. Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper’s devotion to media education, the field of journalism, and diversity will now include sponsoring a Fellow for the IRTS Summer Fellowship Program. The IRTS Leibner Cooper Summer Fellow is selected through a national college competition open to multicultural students studying journalism.
The IRTS Helen Karas Memorial Fellow Sponsored by Dan Karas and Rick Sirvaitis
IRTS is honored to name this Fellowship in memory of Helen Karas, who, in a media career that spanned nearly three decades, epitomized our mission of building future leaders through mentorship and professional example. Without having to be encouraged or incentivized, Helen effortlessly assumed the role of mentor to individuals who hadn’t yet found their path in the industry, but had crossed hers. Her husband, Dan Karas, along with her former associate at Fox Family Networks, Rick Sirvaitis, sponsor this Fellowship in her memory.
The IRTS Mark Mackenzie Memorial Fellow Sponsored by Friends of Mark Mackenzie
The IRTS Joanne Mercado Memorial Fellowship Sponsored by The Nielsen Foundation
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Previously Sponsored Fellows: Carlamarie Rodriguez (2016), Erin Torres (2017)
The IRTS Jerry Feniger Memorial Fellowship Sponsored by Friends of Jerry Feniger
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Previously Sponsored Fellows: Jake Abrams (2012), Reid Chandler (2013), Dora Grote (2015), Cole Johnson (2017)