Lou Prato was RTDNA treasurer from 1981 to 2001 and served as secretary of RTDNF's Board of Trustees until 2006. Prato's friends and colleagues have endowed an RTDNF scholarship in honor of Lou and his wife, Carole. The scholarship provides a $1,000 tuition grant to a deserving student who is planning a career as a sports reporter in television or radio. Lou has worked as a news director, a journalism professor, a consultant, and Director of the Penn State All Sports Museum. Lou and Carole live near his alma mater, Penn State University. He is the author of The Penn State Football Encyclopedia.
2015 Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship Winner- Nicole Barros, Penn State University
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Nicole Barros is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism at Penn State University. The New York native grew up surrounded by sports and knew she wanted to pursue a career in the sports industry upon graduating college. She was selected to be a member of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State, through which she’s taken sports writing and broadcasting classes. However, Nicole says she her experiences outside the classroom have greatly enhanced her sports reporting skills, as well. She served as a host and analyst on Penn State’s student-run sports talk show before becoming the Executive Producer. Nicole interned with the Big Ten Network Student U and WPSU-TV’s sports department during her sophomore year, covering Penn State division I athletics. In the summer of 2015, she was able to intern at a local station, News 12 The Bronx, covering high school sports, as well as the Yankees and Mets two days a week. The other four days, she was a newsroom intern at CBS New York. Nicole hopes to one day work in the sports industry, as either a writer, producer or broadcaster.
"Words cannot express how grateful and honored I am to have received the Lou and Carole Prato Sports Reporting Scholarship. Mr. Prato is such an important person in the Penn State community and the passion that we both share for our university makes receiving this scholarship that much more special. I am so thankful to the Prato family and RTDNF for selecting me for this prestigious scholarship that will help to further my education in the field of sports journalism and allow me to become more deeply involved in RTDNF. I will continue to work hard to accomplish my goals of becoming a successful sports reporter."