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Rhinelander High School senior Sydney Brown is the recepient of the 2019 NATO of WI/UP scholarship. Brown will attend UW-Whitewater this fall.
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Rhinelander High School senior Sydney Brown is the recepient of the 2019 NATO of WI/UP scholarship. Brown will attend UW-Whitewater this fall.
5/11/2019 7:30:00 AM
Rhinelander student wins 2019 NATO of WI/UP Scholarship

The National Association of Theatre Owners of Wisconsin & Upper Peninsula (NATO of WI/UP) has named Sydney Brown as its $1,000 scholarship recipient. Brown is a 2019 graduate from Rhinelander High School and will attend the University of Wisconsin Whitewater this fall. She is employed at the Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander.

This year, scholarship funds totaling $10,000 were awarded to eight movie theater employees throughout Wisconsin and Upper Peninsula of Michigan as part of the annual program, according to a press release.

"Theaters have always been community gathering spots," noted scholarship committee representative Jeremy Rusch. "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 George Rouman, of Rouman Cinema, 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 $250,000 in scholarship funds, and over $1.5 million in donations to various philanthropic causes."

The National Association of Theatre 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, the release states.

NATO of WI/UP represents 700 screens and is one of fifteen regional affiliates.

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