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Ampers 2020 Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

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2020 Bryan Petersen Scholarship Application

Ampers supports the concept that the survival and growth of radio broadcasting is dependent on talented and well-educated individuals pursuing careers related to broadcasting.

Ampers is pleased to announce the annual $1,000 Bryan Petersen Memorial Scholarship awarded to an
individual that is or will be pursuing a career in broadcasting through an institution of higher education in the State of Minnesota. The award will be issued to the educational institution in the winner’s name to be applied towards tuition.

About Bryan Petersen
The scholarship is named for Bryan Petersen: 1938-1989. Bryan was a founding member of Ampers
and was one of the leaders in persuading legislators of the need for ongoing support of public radio in Minnesota. He was educated at Concordia College, Drew University, the New College Seminary in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Harvard Theological School.

Bryan was a community activist who worked with Latin American refugees, low-income housing,
alternative energy and a variety of community theatre programs. Bryan was largely responsible for
organizational direction, licensing and power increases for Fresh Air Radio (KFAI) in Minneapolis. He served as board member and president of Fresh Air Radio.

How to Apply

  • Deadline for applications is May 31, 2020.
  • The award will be issued to the educational institution in the winner’s name to be applied towards tuition.
  • Submit an official application via email. The application should include:
  1. Completed application form
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Recommendation letter from the radio station manager, supervisor or colleague that addresses:
    • How long the applicant has worked with the station.
    • A list of the departments in which the applicant has worked.
    • A list of the specific duties and performance
    • A comment concerning the applicant’s performance in each department.
  • Submit application and accompanying materials via email to maddi (at) ampers (dot) org


  • Applicants must be attending or planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education within the State of Minnesota.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Past recipients are ineligible.
  • The Ampers Scholarship Committee will evaluate applications and select the winner.
  • Applications will be judged without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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