World Wrestling Entertainment (NYSE: WWE) in conjunction with WWE NXT at Full Sail University in (Central Florida) Winter Park awarded a scholarship to a Full Sail University student on Thursday, May 2 before a WWE NXT TV taping at the university’s state-of-the-art studio.
WWE awarded the $10,000 scholarship to Allison Iliev
This is the second time WWE provided a scholarship to a deserving Full Sail University student. Since WWE started its agreement with Full Sail University in May 2012, students have been working with the WWE production team in various capacities before, during and after the WWE NXT television tapings.
Full Sail Live at the university is the television home of WWE NXT which features future WWE superstars and divas. WWE NXT, which is broadcast internationally, streams on Hulu Plus in the United States.
WWE selected Iliev for exhibiting exceptional professionalism and creative talent, while shadowing WWE staff and crew during the production of NXT at the college, as well as maintaining good academic standings. The scholarship will be applied toward her studies in the Creative Writing for Entertainment Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Program.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized by WWE,” Iliev said. “WWE is where I aspire to be when I graduate.”
WWE Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events Paul Levesque (Triple H) and Full Sail University President Garry Jones presented the scholarship, on behalf of WWE, in a ceremony that kicked-off the latest taping of WWE NXT at Full Sail Live.
“We are pleased to award this WWE scholarship to Allison Iliev, a very deserving student with a bright future,” Levesque said. “The unique partnership between WWE and Full Sail is helping build WWE’s next generation of talent, both in the ring and behind-the-scenes.”
Jones added: “WWE’s commitment to education is unmatched. This partnership has yielded many extraordinary experiences for our students and helped to enrich our hands-on educational approach.”
WWE NXT tapings are open to the faculty, staff, students and general public at a minimal fee which helps benefit the scholarship fund. In September, the first WWE scholarship was awarded to Full Sail University student Geraldo Gutierrez.
• Nearly 50 superstars and divas currently on the WWE roster traveled through the doors of NXT, formerly FCW in Tampa, to hone their craft. They include Aksana, Wade Barrett, Evan Bourne, Daniel Bryan, Camacho, Cameron, Antonio Cesaro, Brodus Clay, Johnny Curtis (Fandango), Bo Dallas, Ted DiBiase, Alberto Del Rio, Epico, Alicia Fox, Justin Gabriel, Hunico, Kaitlyn, Tyson Kidd, Big E. Langston, AJ Lee, Brad Maddox, Jinder Mahal, Michael McGillicutty, Drew McIntyre, Rosa Mendes, Naomi, Natalya, Titus O’Neil, David Otunga, Primo, Ricardo Rodriguez, Alex Riley, Damien Sandow, Sheamus, Skip Sheffield (Ryback), Heath Slater, Tamina Snuka, Jack Swagger, Yoshi Tatsu, Jey and Jimmy Uso and Darren Young.
They’ve learned from a standout group at NXT which includes Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Bill DeMott, Norman Smiley, Billy Gunn, Terry Taylor, Joey Mercury, Sara Del Ray and Steve Keirn.
• WWE NXT also runs house shows throughout Florida and Georgia. It is a family friendly environment with current, future and past WWE talent.