Detroit, MI – The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA) awarded scholarships on Monday to two local students from Specs Howard School of Media Arts. The recipients, Nicholas Alarcon of St. Clair Shores and Anthony Sylvester of Canton, Michigan, were recognized at the DSBA’s annual Ken Holland/Detroit Red Wings Luncheon at Joe Louis Arena on October 10, 2016.
Alarcon and Sylvester were selected from a pool of candidates who maintained at 3.0 or higher grade point average at Specs Howard, demonstrated financial need, submitted an application and written essay, and interviewed with a panel of media professionals from the DSBA, before being chosen to receive a scholarship. Each student will receive $1,000 toward their tuition and expenses, along with student membership into the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.
“These scholarships are part of our growing commitment to educational excellence and assistance to aspiring students of sports media,” said Trevor Thompson, DSBA President. “The pool of candidates from Specs Howard was excellent, but Nick and Anthony really displayed the type of passion and dedication it takes to build a career in this industry. We’re proud to award them this recognition, and congratulate all the candidates on their accomplishments.”
Alarcon is in his third month of studies toward certification in the Broadcast Media Arts program at Specs Howard. He is successfully maintaining a near perfect GPA, while working full-time and raising a family. After graduation, Alarcon hopes to pursue a career as a radio or television sports play-by-play announcer.
Sylvester just completed the BMA program at Specs Howard, with a perfect attendance record, and is also pursuing an Associates Degree in Broadcast Communications at Schoolcraft College. After interning in Detroit sports talk and alternative music radio, Sylvester intends to pursue an on-air career as a sports broadcast announcer or reporter.
The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has enjoyed a long partnership with Specs Howard School of Media Arts and awards scholarships to Specs students annually. The scholarship program is part of the DSBA’s mission to provide educational resources and assistance to Michigan’s next generation of Sports Media Professionals. The DSBA also awards annual grant funding to area high schools and colleges to purchase equipment to start or further broadcast programs that afford students the opportunity to broadcast and stream live athletic and scholastic events. The DSBA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Photo attached. Pictured from left to right: Trevor Thompson, DSBA President, Vicki Foley, DSBA Immediate Past President, Nicholas Alarcon, Scholarship Recipient, Anthony Sylvester, Scholarship Recipient, Jon Yinger, DSBA, President and CEO CBSL Radio.