Aaron Smith | July 8, 2015
Eugene Staples has a vision.
Entertainment can be more than a distraction—it can be an inspiration. It can teach kids how to be better people. It can make the world a better place.
That sense of responsibility—the desire to make things that make an impact—was sparked at Notre Dame, he said.
“People who work in entertainment carry a great responsibility. It’s my personal philosophy that media should serve the community,” the 2012 alumnus said. “It’s a collaborative experience, so it takes a team effort to carry out, but in doing so, we should also keep the larger community in mind.”
The Television Academy Foundation sees potential in that vision. The charitable arm of the organization that runs the Emmy Awards presented Staples with a Mister Rogers Memorial Scholarship at the College Television Awards in Los Angeles this spring. The annual honor is given to encourage students to pursue careers in children’s media and build on the values and principles espoused by the late television personality Fred Rogers.