MOLINE, ILLINOIS - WQPT is delighted to announce that Paul Strater has been awarded the 2011 WQPT Broadcast Scholarship.
"It's an honor to be recognized by WQPT-TV with the award of this scholarship," Strater said. "As a nontraditional student, the financial realities of later life such as mortgages and car payments and the challenges of funding a college education without parental help or the loans available to parents are quite a challenge. This scholarship will be a great help as I finish my degree at Western."
"Each year it is our pleasure to present this award. We were impressed not only by Mr. Strater's grades but he exemplifies WQPT's mission of life-long-learning," said WQPT General Manager, Rick Best.
Mr. Strater is completing several news internships this summer. They are at Peoria's WEEK-TV 25(NBC), WHOI-TV 19(ABC) and Chicago's WGN-TV 9(CW). After graduation, he hopes to be a full time television reporter at a station where he can also work in the technical realm. For the last two decades Mr. Strater worked as a broadcast engineer in television and radio. "Most broadcast students are starting a career. I want to embark on the second half of mine," Strater said.WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.