The WIF Scholarship Program

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The WIF Scholarship Program offers women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to launch careers in film, television, communications, and new media, by awarding scholarships to female students at major film schools in the Los Angeles area and other parts of the country.  The scholarship program strengthens Women In Film’s mission to ensure that female voices are heard and to provide a dynamic, vital link to the bold voices of the future.

 

2017 Scholar Valencia Istratii

WIF AFI 2017 Scholar

Lynelle White

I feel incredibly honored and humbled to have received the Women in Film scholarship. I am a second year screenwriter at AFI from Moldova, proud to be part of a generation starving for beautiful, flawed, strong female characters. There is a responsibility that comes with storytelling: we shape how the next generation of girls and boys perceive themselves, which is why creating loud, resonating characters for them to identify with, is so crucial. Hollywood is undergoing a period of change, and having women supporting other women in a largely male dominated industry is how a new age of storytelling is forged. I strive to be able to reach a point in my career in which I can help other women filmmakers, just as Women in Film has helped me, in my journey of telling meaningful, honest stories. Thank you for welcoming me into your family.”

—Valencia Istratii, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2017 Scholar Lynelle White

Eleanor Perry Writing Award 2017 Scholarship Winner
Through the generosity of the Law Firm Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer

Lynelle White

Eleanor Perry was a pioneer who rebuked Hollywood for sidelining women in the film industry. It is truly an honor to receive this award in Ms. Perry’s name and I am so encouraged to go forth and create dynamic, complex female characters rarely depicted onscreen. Thank you Women in Film for supporting my burgeoning career as a writer and independent filmmaker. There will be days where I didn’t get the job. There will be days where I don’t feel like writing. But WIF’s faith in my talent will serve as a rallying cry so I can keep pushing forward. Thank you.

—Lynelle White, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2017 Scholar Bridget Visser

Eleanor Perry Writing Award 2017 Scholarship Winner
Through the generosity of the Law Firm Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer

Bridget Visser

It is tremendous thrill and honor to be a recipient of the 2017 Eleanor Perry Writing Award. This award is meaningful to me on so many levels. Eleanor Perry was a fierce feminist and screenwriter, and I am proud to be a small part of her legacy. I love that this award both celebrates that feminist history and supports ambitious, upcoming women screenwriters. As a writer that is committed to writing stories about feisty, weird, and bold female characters I am extremely grateful to be embraced by the Women in Film community, especially at this early stage in my career.”

—Bridget Visser, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2017 Scholar Vittoria Campaner

WIF/UCLA 2017 Loreen Arbus Fellowship in Cinematography + A Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Award©

Vittoria Campaner

I am extremely honored and grateful to have received the WIF Loreen Arbus Fellowship in Cinematography and the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Scholarship. Thanks to both of these awards, I can continue to devote my life and work to my passion for storytelling and the cinematic image. Thank you Women in Film

—Vittoria Campaner, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2017 Scholar Rachel Bass

WIF/Chapman 2017 Scholarship Winner

Rachel Bass

I am deeply grateful to have received the Meredith MacRae Memorial Award. It will help me tell this story that has been dear to my heart for many years.

—Rachel Bass, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2017 Scholar Rukayat Giwa

Women In Film /USC Scholarship Winner

Rukayat Giwa

Being awarded the Women in Film/USC Scholarship is a validation that I am on the right path. Prior to attending the Peter Stark Producing Program, I was always interested in creating content to create more inclusive and dynamic stories for people that not been traditionally represented. After teaching high school math through Teach For America in Morrow, Georgia, I found I was even more driven by the students that were in my class. My time in my classroom solidified why I wanted to be in the industry and that is to provide entertaining, informative and inspiring content regardless of whether I am a writer, producer or representative. This scholarship will allow me to continue working towards shifting the current narrative of people in my various communities. I want to to be able to reframe the current cultural caricatures of them into stories filled with dynamic representation throughout all forms of media. And I thank Women in Film for supporting me along this journey and bringing me into the fold of an organization filled with amazing women who have done and are continuing to do amazing things!

—Rukayat Giwa, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2017 Scholar Kelley “Kali” Chatman

Women In Film /USC Scholarship Winner

Kelley "Kali" Chatman

My parents always wanted me to grow up to be a politician. I loved people and addressing social issues to influence positive change, so, one would think that being a politician could make sense. However, when I watched and listened to politicians, I wasn’t always moved by them but when I watched films, like Schindler’s List, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and Hotel Rwanda, I had a completely different reaction. All of these films and more have impacted my heart in such a way as a child, that when I watched them, I thought, I want to make an impact like that. I want to be the change I that want to see in the world by telling my story and other’s stories. We can learn so much from each other and through the imagery of film, we are able to reach each other far and wide throughout the world, with or without language. Just images alone are often enough to impact us emotionally and that’s powerful. I’m so grateful to be recognized by and stand alongside other amazing women who are doing such impactful work through film. To be a recipient of the Women in Film USC Scholarship means the world to me because I have always respected the Women in Film organization for their groundbreaking efforts to create opportunities for more of our voices to be heard. This scholarship will help me to finish my thesis film that is being shot in Haiti and is inspired by true events surrounding child trafficking. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, WOMEN IN FILM!

—Kelley “Kali” Chatman, 2017 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Emmeli Tomth

Women In Film 2016 CSUN Scholarship

Emmeli Tomth

I am extremely honored as I humbly accept the Women in Film Scholarship. To me this gives me inspiration to strive to even higher grounds, to keep on living my dreams and to work hard to one day make them reality. As a young woman from another country who moved here to pursue her dream of that one day be able to open the eyes of others to the world around us through the arts of filmmaking the support of the Women in Film organization means the world. It makes me not only empowered and deeply inspired to be part of such a strong community of women but also, in times of doubts, fill me with great amounts of strength to encounter any challenges. As a collaboration we are all limitless.

—Emmeli Tomth, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Silvia Lara

WIF/UCLA Dreamworks Scholarship

I am so incredibly grateful to have been chosen to receive the WIF/UCLA Dreamworks Scholarship from Women in Film as an undergrad at UCLA. I am honored to be joining the lineage of female filmmakers that came before me and thiis honor will go a long way in helping me in the next steps of my career as I relocate to New York to pursue my MFA in cinematography! Thank you Women in Film for your kindness and generosity.

—Silvia Lara, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

 

2016/17 Scholar Faith Strongheart

UCLA Verna Fields Scholarship

I am deeply honored and incredibly grateful to be the recipient of the 2016 WIF Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship, in honor of Warner Bros. and for the generous support of Women In Film. As an aspiring female director, every ounce of support I can acquire is a must for success in this industry. These funds will be put to very good use on my thesis film, a feature based on my unpredictable and challenging hippie upbringing in the mountainous Northern New Mexico village of Truchas.

—Faith Strongheart, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Shirley Zhou

UCLA 2016 Dummer Television Award

Receiving a scholarship from Women In Film is a tremendous honor, and I relish in this support as I continue my journey as a female filmmaker and animator. Telling diverse stories in an industry comfortable with the status quo is a formidable task, but not as formidable as the power of this community.

—Shirley Zhou, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Audrey Emerson

WIF/USC 2016 Scholar

My time at the USC School of Cinematic Arts has been one of incredible growth and gratitude. It is not often that one gets to walk into class everyday and be surrounded by some of the most talented minds and creative souls that the world has to offer. It goes without saying that I am not only becoming a better filmmaker in this unique environment, but also a better person. I am extremely grateful for the Women In Film 2016 Scholarship for allowing me to continue to study in such a wonderful environment and I hope to use what I have learned to keep paying it forward.

—Audrey Emerson, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Krystal Javier

WIF/AFI Tichi Wilkerson Kassel Scholar

Ahhhh!! Words truly cannot express how grateful I am for the Tichi Wilkerson Kassell Scholarship. Women In Film is such an amazing organization that supports female storytellers and voices, it’s an honor to be part of this community of fierce women. Thank you so much for this opportunity!

—Krystal Javier, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Adrienne Love-Schultz

WIF/USC 2016 Scholarship Winner

I’m so humbled and thankful to be one of the recipients of the 2016 WIF scholarship. Since I became interested in working in the entertainment industry, I knew that I would face additional challenges as a woman. But finding support and encouragement in an established, empowering community like WIF has been very validating and exciting. I am honored to be connected to such an important organization.

—Adrienne Love-Schultz, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Jennica Wragg

WIF/USC 2016 Scholar

I am so very honored to have received this scholarship from an organization that strives to empower female talent within the cinematic arts discipline. As I begin to develop a career in the entertainment industry, I am inspired by this group of very successful and talented women and look forward to contributing to this exciting industry in years to come.

—Jennica Wragg, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Rachel Kivlahan

WIF/UCLA 2016 Loreen Arbus Cinematography Award

This scholarship feels like a warm, welcoming embrace of support as I launch my career into this – somewhat daunting – industry. I’m sincerely humbled to be included amongst the prestigious community of Women in Film.

—Rachel Kivlahan, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Shoshana Sachi

2016 WIF UCLA Eleanor Perry Writing Award

A recognition from Women In Film has, and will continue to be an award that brings me great pride. I have worked incredibly hard to chase my dreams of becoming a writer – and hope to continue pursuing my passion for becoming one who will be an ambassador, and a voice for women in a field that favors so few. I want to tell human stories, women’s stories; characters that are neither treated with kids’ gloves, or reduced to their sexuality. I want to be a face among the force that will showcase women as the resilient, and complex human beings that we are. And I want those stories to reach everyone, in every place.

—Shoshana Sachi, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2016/17 Scholar Lane Lyle

Chapman/Meredith MacRae Memorial Award

I couldn’t be more honored to receive the 2016 Women in Film Meredith MacRae Memorial Scholarship from such an esteemed group of filmmakers. It’s so encouraging to be supported by such strong and successful women as I start my career in the industry.

—Lane Lyle, 2016/17 WIF Scholar

 

2015 Scholars

2015 WIF Scholars

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

Women In Film/Loreen Arbus Endowment Thanks to the generosity of WIF supporter Loreen Arbus, we endow a $2,000 annual scholarship to a student studying cinematography in the MFA program at UCLA.

Women In Film/Tichi Wilkerson Kassel Endowment We endow a $2,000 scholarship in the name of WIF’s founder, Tichi Wilkerson Kassel. This is given to an undergraduate female student studying film at AFI.

The Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship is awarded to a woman graduate student in either directing or editing to assist with the production of her thesis film. In recent years, this has been $1000. It is administered directly by UCLA annually to a female director in UCLA’s MFA program.

The Bruce Paltrow Endowment Thanks to the generosity of the Paltrow family, we endow a $1,000 annual scholarship to a film and media student at Tulane University.

The Meredith MacRae Memorial Scholarship  is awarded annually to a student at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Conservatory of Motion Pictures

The Eleanor Perry Writing Award is awarded yearly to student at UCLA’s MFA Writing program.

The Women In Film Dummer Television Award Thanks to the generosity of Vicki Dummer, this scholarship is awarded annually at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television—Department of Film, Television and New Media

The Women in Film Tiffany & Co. Film Scholarship Thanks to the generosity of Tiffany & Co., this scholarship is awarded annually to one well deserving female director studying at American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory

The USC School of Cinematic Arts WIF/C+L Scholarship is  awarded annually to a student(s) studying at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts