Connecticut Broadcasters Association awards scholarship funds


ConnecticutThe Connecticut Broadcasters Association has selected an incoming Middlesex Community College student as one of its 2014 scholarship recipients. Cobi O’Connell of Essex was selected because of her proven talents and desires to pursue a career in broadcasting. She will formally enter the Broadcast-Cinema Associate’s Degree program at the school this fall.

O’Connell recently graduated from Valley Regional High School. During her senior year, she earned college credits at MxCC by taking a course in computer graphics through an articulated class at Valley, known as the College Career Pathway program.

“I chose to join the College Career Pathway program to expedite my college career by earning college credits while I am still in high school, which will get me into the industry sooner,” said O’Connell. “I’m really excited to be coming to Middlesex and I am honored that I received this scholarship.”

“Cobi O’Connell was one of 10 Connecticut Broadcasters Association scholarship awardees, selected from over 110 impressive entries by a judging panel of Connecticut radio and TV station managers,” said Don DeCesare, president and general manager at WLIS-AM and WMRD-AM, and a past chair of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. “Cobi is an exceptionally impressive young woman. She’s already completed numerous college credits during her high school years and enters Middlesex Community College able immediately to concentrate on study in her chosen field, which is broadcasting and communications. We are so pleased to assist her financially as she moves toward a career in Broadcasting.”

This year, the Connecticut Broadcasters Association presented $50,000 in scholarship funds to students pursuing careers in broadcasting, communications, marketing, engineering or electronics. Awards are made to residents entering their first, second, third or fourth year of study in a broadcasting-related area at any university or college in the U.S.