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.
• Founded in 1979, Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by Unleashed Magazine.
In 2011, Full Sail received the 21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the School/College of the Year by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.
• WWE returns to Florida in June with four shows throughout the state.
WWE will be at the BB&T Center, formerly Bank Atlantic Center, in (South Florida) Sunrise on Friday, June 7.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m. for this house show (no TV) with John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins) and more.
Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $20, are on sale via TicketMaster online www.ticketmaster.com, outlets or by phone 800-745-3000, or you can go to the box office of the BB&T Center, home to the Florida Panthers hockey team.
WWE invades the Lakeland Center in Central Florida at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8.
John Cena, Ryback, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan and more. Talent subject to change.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 4 via TicketMaster.
WWE visits the Leon County Civic Center in Tallahassee at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22.
See John Cena, Kane, Ryback, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and more. Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $15, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 10 via TicketMaster and at the civic center box office.
There is a TickeMaster Internet presale beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7.
WWE will be busy on Saturday, June 22 with another show at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.
Bell time is 7:30 p.m. featuring Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, Big Show, The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins), Big E Langston, AJ Lee and more. Talent subject to change.
Tickets, starting at $15, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, May 10 via TicketMaster.
There is a TicketMaster Internet presale beginning 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7.
Ticket purchasing note
To avoid some service fees, you can purchase tickets directly at the arena, but check with the arena to see when it plans to sell tickets.
Sometimes the arena onsale differs from TicketMaster’s onsale.
• Online giant Yahoo! is partnering with WWE for a new dedicated hub beginning this summer.
Among the highlights of what to expect include:
Monday Night Raw pre-show: A 30-minute pre-show to each new Monday Night Raw will be exclusive to Yahoo!.
Original programming: Two weekly series of 50 episodes per year will be produced exclusively for distribution on Yahoo!.
Premium archive: Yahoo! will have exclusive access to WWE archives of historical full matches, shows, highlights and other events.
Additional live events: Yahoo! will air live, pre-show content for every pay-per-view event.
Clips from current TV programming: Clips from all WWE television programs will now be available on Yahoo!.