NEW LONDON – The National Association of Theater Owners of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan named Katherine Chaudoir as a 2011 scholarship recipient last week. Katherine is a 2011 graduate from New London High School and will be attending Marquette University this fall, majoring in Business Administration. She has been employed at Rogers Grand Theatre in downtown New London for the past two years. She is the daughter of Jeff and Karla Chaudoir.
Chaudoir and others were instructed to create a Facebook page that depicted all the high school activities they had been involved in, and each one was critiqued to decide the winners.
This year, $32,500 in scholarship funds were awarded to 13 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 Wisconsin & Upper Michigan represents 700 screens and is one of 15 regional affiliates.