Heather Irvine at the Boston Marathon, 2016.

Your contributions to the MABF help students to realize their dreams! Here, one recent scholarship winner shares her experiences and goals for the future. Learn more about the MABF Scholarship program here and help to support these scholarship programs by donating here.

Heather Irvine is the proud recipient of the MAB Foundation Broadcasting Scholarship and is continuing her educational journey at Eastern Michigan University. Read on to learn more about Heather and why she loves broadcasting…

Current school and expected year of graduation:
Eastern Michigan University – April 2017

Name of scholarship you received and year it was received:
MAB Foundation – Broadcasting Scholarship in Spring 2016

What made you want to pursue broadcasting as a career?
I’ve been a lifetime listener and a fan of National Public Radio and want to be a part of their legacy and purpose.

What is your favorite class you have taken in school so far and why?
If I have to name one class I believe it would be Advanced Television Production. I had some truly talented classmates that I learned a lot from while learning key elements in creating a production. It is an absolute team effort. We were able to use green screen technology and made some fun little films. It was very rewarding.

How has the MAB Foundation helped you in your educational journey?
This November (next month) I will be able to join my classmates for the New York Venture excursion. I will earn two credits while exploring New York, seeing live and recorded productions and taking part in other relevant activities. I told myself that if I earned the MAB scholarship I would use it for this incredible learning experience. I would otherwise not have been able to afford it. What a wonderful way to cap off my education!

More about Heather:

I want to work for NPR (or one of the many programs that can be found on NPR such as This American Life, The Moth, Snap Judgement or Wait. . Wait. . Don’t Tell Me). There hasn’t been a single semester that I wasn’t going to school AND training for a marathon or other running event – until this semester. I’m having to concentrate all of my time and funds into paying for credits at this point. I miss my fall marathon, I really feel my training makes me a better student. Although I still run, I’ve exchanged my marathon time for working with my peers on film projects (the Ypsi 24-Hour Film Competition, among others).

I am trying to surround myself with those that are better than me. I am a very hard worker and have a lot of life experience but being around these young people is inspiring. I must continue to work with them as long as they will have me.