A FILM and Television Production student at Edge Hill has been named as one of the successful scholars to be awarded a bursary by the prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS).
Maddi Scharmann, 19, is one of 30 undergraduates set to receive a TV Production and Journalism bursary by the RTS. The prestigious scheme aims to widen participation in, and access to, the media industry by supporting talented students from lower income backgrounds who are pursuing careers in television.
Maddi said: “This year has been hard and when I received the phone call to say that I’d been successful I thought finally, something positive has happened. It’s really exciting for me because this is across the whole of the country, so to be one of 30 people chosen is amazing.
“I’d heard about the bursary before and at the end of my first year at University, one of my teachers sent out an email to the year group saying how it was an excellent opportunity for someone. I thought I would give it a go and completed the application, but it was such a surprise to hear that I’d been chosen.”
During their studies, each recipient will receive £1,000 per year to assist with their expenses and living costs. In addition, each beneficiary will receive free membership of the RTS while studying, with an additional year after they graduate. In their final year of study, the RTS will also aim to set up mentoring opportunities with one of their industry members.
Maddi added: "Especially in the current climate, it’s really hard to secure a work placement in television. Opportunities to gain experience are in such high demand and I hope that having a mentor figure, someone who has worked in the industry and has connections, can help me to secure a placement. I’m hoping to gain as much experience as I can to help me get that first step into the industry.”
Maddi, who is now in her second year at Edge Hill, explains why she chose to study at the University.
She said: “I think it can be quite scary moving to a new place. When I was deciding where to go for University, I knew that I didn’t want to move too far from home but I also wanted some independence.
“Edge Hill felt like the right balance and I really liked the campus. It felt like a safe place and I could really imagine myself living there. There are so many amazing facilities on offer to students, which has been especially important when studying a practical course like mine.”