The National Association of Theatre Owners of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (NATO of WI/UP) has named Rebecca Laska as a $2,500 scholarship recipient. Rebecca is a 2010 graduate of Rhinelander High School and will attend UW-Stevens Point in the fall.
This year, $27,500 in scholarship funds was awarded to eleven movie theater employees throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan as part of the annual program.
“Theaters have always been community gathering spots,” said NATO of WI/UP Vice President, and scholarship committee chairman George Rouman. “As business owners, we have a strong desire to maintain the economic health of our communities. Our goal through this scholarship program is to provide assistance to students employed within our industry so they may further their education.”
NATO of WI/UP President Paul Rogers explains “This annual scholarship program represents an important part of our commitment to the communities we serve. Since the year 2000, we have allocated over $200,000 in scholarship funds, and over $1.5 million in donations to various philanthropic causes.”
The National Association of Theater Owners is the largest trade association for motion picture exhibitors in the world, representing approximately 39,000 movie screens in all 50 states and more than 20 countries worldwide. NATO of WI/UP represents 700 screens and is one of 15 regional affiliates.