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IWU Communications Student Receives $5K Broadcast Scholarship

The Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) Foundation awarded Indiana Wesleyan University junior Donovan Edwards a $5,000 scholarship on March 26 at a special award luncheon in Carmel, Indiana.

The scholarship is part of IBA’s 2022 College Scholarship Program, which awarded a total of $50,000 to students at Indiana colleges and universities. Awardees had to be actively participating in a college broadcast facility or be working for a commercial/public broadcast facility.

Edwards, who is studying Multimedia Communications with an emphasis in Sports Broadcasting, is heavily involved in broadcasting initiatives on campus. He started a basketball halftime interview show called “On the Court with Donovan Edwards” and hosts a weekly athletics wrap-up and interview podcast called “Wildcat Week.” He also is an experienced play-by-play announcer of IWU men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, plus baseball and softball. Edwards has also been a sideline reporter for IWU football and local Marion high school football games.

“Donovan’s involvement in our student media from his very first semester has been exemplary”, said Dr. Mark Perry, chair, Division of Communication & Theatre. “I have no doubt Donovan will have a rewarding and fruitful career in sports broadcasting. This scholarship is affirmation he is moving in the right direction.”

After graduating from IWU in Spring 2023, Edwards hopes to grow in the sports broadcasting field in the areas of golf, football or basketball. Ultimately, he would love a career traveling around the world to cover major sporting events.

 “This scholarship has encouraged me by showing me if I keep showing hard work, I can keep finding more opportunities for myself,” said Edwards. “Also, that nothing is given to you in the broadcasting world, and how hard you truly must work to accomplish these goals.”

IWU’s Multimedia Communication degree is a multifaceted program that engages students in developing the skills necessary to work in a multimedia age. Students study under industry experts and grow in a variety of areas including writing, image making, audio, and video production—all while learning how to best integrate faith into their career. To learn more, visit www.indwes.edu/undergraduate/division-of-communication-and-theatre/bs-multimedia-communication.