LOS ANGELES, CA - East Brunswick, NJ, native Sarika Persaud has been nominated for the Television Academy Foundation’s 40 th College Television Awards.

Persaud, a recent graduate of the School of Visual Arts, has been nominated (along with her classmate Kenneth Rosen) in the animation category for producing, writing and directing an animated project titled “Papito”.  Persaud is an employee of Nickleodeon.


“Papito” tells the story of main character Emilio who wants to spend time with his father Luis by sharing a homemade comic book, but conflict arises when Luis is too busy with an upcoming work deadline.

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“Growing up with a figure like Mr. Rogers, I feel like it’s important to bring back the idea that children have more to contribute than we give them credit for,” said Persaud. “I admire the way that he talked to kids on the same level with them, tackling profound issues in a manner that made things easier to emotionally process. I want projects that I work on to have the same gravity to them, as well as be appealing enough to be appreciated as an art form.”


The College Television Awards honors achievement in student-produced programs and will feature stars from today’s top television shows presenting awards to winners in eight categories. The Television Academy Foundation's 40th College Television Awards will be held on March 21 in Los Angeles.


For 40 years the College Television Awards has been instrumental in launching careers. Past nominees and winners are now working on programs such as   The Handmaid’s Tale, Tom Clancy’s Jack RyanThe Simpsons, America’s Got Talent, Grey’s Anatomy, 60 Minutes and Empire, among others.  

About the Television Academy Foundation

Established in 1959 as the charitable arm of the Television Academy, the Television Academy Foundation is dedicated to preserving the legacy of television while educating and inspiring those who will shape its future. Through renowned educational and outreach programs, such as The Interviews: An Oral History of Television Project, College Television Awards and Student Internship Program, the Foundation seeks to widen the circle of voices our industry represents and to create more opportunity for television to reflect all members of society. For more information on the Foundation, please visit TelevisionAcademy.com/Foundation.