Emmy Statue

Meet the 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Ryan Barrett is a 2017 graduate of Blue Valley West High School, where he served as the Executive Director of Photography for the Blue Valley West Newspaper and Yearbook staffs. Over the past several years, Ryan earned over 50 national and state awards for his photography & cinematography, including Walsworth Photo of the Year, KSPA, and NSPA National Photo of the Year Finalist awards. He has served as a photographer for the Kansas City Royals and Sporting Kansas City organizations, as well as commercial photography engagements with numerous clients.

Currently, Ryan studies Film & Digital Media at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with a double minor in Advertising & Entrepreneurship. In addition to photography Ryan has performed with the Kansas City Youth Symphony, Kansas City Youth Jazz, numerous other selective ensembles and All-State qualifying competitions at Blue Valley West. In the future, Ryan hopes to incorporate his love of music and writing into his film and television efforts by composing scores for his films.


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Matthew Beckwith is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he is studying atmospheric science. He plans to use his education to become a broadcast meteorologist.

As a child, Beckwith was terrified of storms. To calm his fears, he started to learn about weather and fell in love with it.

Beckwith is currently a weathercaster at KOMU-TV in Columbia where he has helped cover flooding, tornado warnings, and other forms of severe weather as they impacted mid-Missouri.  He is also the weather director for 102.7 KPGZ-lp, a local radio station in Excelsior Springs, MO. He is very active on social media and has run social media accounts dedicated to weather for several years.


Ashlyn Grace Brothers is a 2017 graduate of Har-Ber High School. She served as anchor for HBWN and the sports reporter for WCSN, which won two 2017 NATAS Mid-America Student Pillars of Excellence. Ashlyn was also the talent in the 2016 Pillar winning sports package and Arkansas Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 “On-Air Talent of the Year”.

Ashlyn’s drive led her to acquire an internship with KNWA/FOX24, where she spent her senior year working with Razorback Nation. She also contributed high school athlete packages to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette for ARPreps Spotlights.

Ashlyn credits her broadcast teacher, Travis Sherman, and the entire KNWA/FOX24 Razorback Nation crew for helping her grow as a journalist. Ashlyn is studying Broadcast Journalism at the University of Arkansas, where she wants to work with UATV and have additional internship opportunities.