Scholars of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking at AU's School of Communication
A message from Chris Palmer:
The Scholars program recognizes and salutes graduate students who show outstanding leadership qualities as reflected in their thesis films. Five or more Scholars are selected annually based on their ability to further the Center’s mission. Each Scholar receives a $2,000 stipend.
The Center’s mission is to train students to produce films and new media that promotes conservation in a way that is effective, ethically sound, educationally powerful, and entertaining. www.american.edu/soc/cef or www.environmentalfilm.org.
Center Scholars are selected each year as they embark on their thesis projects and chosen during the second year of their graduate program when they have accumulated at least 18 credit hours. Part time students are eligible.
Scholars must meet the following requirements:
1. Be in good standing, have a record of excellence in film, video or new media production, and a minimum GPA of 3.5.
2. Exhibit outstanding intellect, leadership, and ambition.
3. Show they are determined to make films that matter, that make a difference, and that make the world a better place.
4. Demonstrate in past work perseverance, creativity, passion, diligence, and integrity.
5. Have a thesis topic which advances the Center’s mission.
By December 1, please submit a one page letter to me describing how you will use a $2,000 grant to further your thesis film.
Include with the letter your project proposal, which should include a synopsis of your film, a list of anticipated expenses, the name of your lead faculty advisor, an up-to-date resume, and a note from your advisor that the project has been approved.
A faculty committee will judge the entries and grant awards based on each student’s merit and commitment to the mission of the Center. Scholars will be announced by December 20.
The 2009/2010 Scholars were Ellen Tripler, Danny Ledonne, and Shanon Sparks. The 2010/2011 Scholars were Aditi Desai, Kai Fang, Jeremy Polk, Irene Magafan, and Sylvia Johnson. The 2011/2012 Scholars were Sarah Gulick, Helenah Svedberg, Jennifer Stratton, Aditi Desai, and Sylvia Johnson. And the 2012/2013 were Maria Arreguin, Erin Finicane, Sarah Gulick, Sylvia Johnson, Brian Kelley, Ana Sotelo, Jenny Stratton, and Corin Wilson.
You can learn more about their projects below.
Please contact me if you have questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-885-3408