The WIF Scholarship Program

The Women In Film 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 provides a dynamic, vital link to the bold voices of the future.

2019 Scholar Osinachi Ibe

“I am very honored and excited to have received the Meredith MacRae Memorial Award. My film chronicles the love story of a mother and daughter over the course of several years and is inspired by my relationship with my mother. I am humbled that this very personal story resonated with Women In Film and has been recognized as a film worthy of funding. Thank you to Women In Film for investing in female filmmakers!”

Chapman Meredith MacRae Memorial Award

2019 Scholar Yuchi Ma

Women In Film / USC Scholarship

“I am thankful and very honored to have been the recipient of a Women In Film scholarship. As I now graduate and step foot into the real world, I realize all the more the importance for female creators to stick together, to help each other, and to grow together so that more of us can get our voices out there. I make films to communicate and to tell stories, and I strive to tell those stories that need to be heard, that we haven’t seen before. Thank you to Women In Film for supporting and helping me realize my dreams and visions along the way.”

2019 Scholar Maria Alvarez

“I’m infinitely grateful to the generous support from Women In Film. My passions for film are rooted in raising awareness for diverse female stories about sexuality, identity, and coming of age. To be recognized by an organization founded on these exact principles is such an honor. My greatest dreams are to change the world through my art. Whether that is a sold-out theater or a young girl watching movies on her laptop, our love of storytelling has the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. Everyone on this Earth has the core desire to be understood and seen, and I aim to reflect this in my work. As a first-generation American and college student, this scholarship empowers me to believe in my voice, and take charge in both my education and career. I grew up in an age where I could solely name one female filmmaker, and now the list of female creatives that inspire me is endless. Women In Film is an active part of creating this change for aspiring young women, and I am so honored to be associated with their cause.”

Women In Film / USC Scholarship

2019 Scholar Kianna Shore

WIF Eleanor Perry Writing Award

“Receiving the Women In Film Eleanor Perry Writing Award is a great honor. I am in awe of and inspired by Eleanor Perry’s achievements and how she paved the way for women in film and television. This incredible recognition encourages my writing as I explore numerous genres and experiment with different storytelling techniques. As I begin my career in television, this award will allow me to devote more time towards perfecting my pilot and feature scripts. Women In Film’s impact and influence can be felt throughout the industry and I am fortunate to be part of that smart, talented, and generous community.”

2018/19 Scholar Melisse Riahi

“I am honored and extremely grateful to receive this award from Women In Film. I am now in my second year at AFI to receive my Masters in Cinematography and can already report that I have grown so much as an individual and as a filmmaker. During college, I had drive and determination inside of me, but was unable to find my vocation at the mercy of student loan debt. Creative career routes seemed unattainable without financial support. But the truth is, I can’t see myself doing anything else but being a Director of Photography. My educational endeavors would not be possible without the support from everyone and from the Women In Film Foundation. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. My sincere gratitude to your foundation.”

WIF/AFI Cinematography Fellow

2018 Scholar Janae Marable

UCLA Dummer Scholarship

“I’m honored to receive the Women In Film Dummer Television Award, and ecstatic to begin my career in television. This is such an empowering achievement that only fuels my passion to create and pursue stories that celebrate women of all backgrounds. I’m focused on capturing the hidden joys of being human, through irony, dark humor, and a little bit of drama. This award allows me to continue developing sketch videos, a web series, and digital content without the constant worry of funding. As TV becomes a more diverse space it makes me excited to join the fierce women that already contribute to the incredible foundation that is Women In Film. I’m extremely humbled to be recognized by WIF. Thank you.”

2018 Scholar Cydney Fisher

“When I was a little girl, my mother instilled in me the importance of education. Which is why I am attaining my M.F.A. from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. For me, filmmaking has been the one constant that has truly allowed me to express myself. This is why I want to spend the rest of my life creating television and film. I know my education isn’t priceless by, it is the one thing that can never be taken away from me. Being the recipient of the Women In Film / USC Scholarship has helped to secure my future in the Film and Television Production Program at USC. Your support is allowing me to be one step closer to receiving my degree and make the content I believe in. Thank you!”

Women In Film / USC Scholarship

2018 Scholar Trina Tucker

UCLA Eleanor Perry Writing Award

“It is with an immense amount of gratitude that I accept the 2018 Eleanor Perry Writing Award. I am especially honored to win an award named after Eleanor Perry, an Ohioan feminist writer who opened doors for future Ohioan feminist writers like me. As a screenwriter who holds fast to my conviction to depict complex queer women at the center of every screenplay I write, this recognition serves as both a token of valifity and encouragement to keep at it. I hold Women In Film in the highest regard for the work they do to promote new female voices in the entertainment industry, and I am forever grateful to be a small part in the wide span of its legacy. Thank you for welcoming me into a community created and held up by generations of smart, talented women.”

2018 Scholar Ragini Bhasin

“I always wanted to tell an intimate story of a young girl who gains power when she, by default, has been put in a position of powerlessness. I’m very humbled and fortunate to have received the Meredith MacRae Memorial Award as it encourages a story that needs to be told.”

Chapman / Meredith MacRae Memorial Award

2018 Scholar Lesley Elizondo

UCLA / Loreen Arbus Cinematography Scholarship

“It is an absolute honor to be the 2018 Women In Film / Loreen Arbus Cinematography Endowment recipient. To have this incredible recognition from the WIF organization and Miss Arbus is incredible and a source of great pride. Loreen Arbus and the WIF organization are true pioneers within the industry and their collective mission to secure support for female and underserved artists is a true inspiration. As a first-generation chicana Cinematography M.F.A. graduate from UCLA, this award will help an emerging artist and professional to continue her pursuit of artistic, cinematic, and media production with the support of incredibly ambitious women behind her. From the very bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for your contribution to furthering artistic education and allowing students like me to have the opportunity to expand their careers and their talents.”

2018 Scholar Farida Abdul-Wahab

“Words cannot express how honored and grateful I am to be receiving this award. This scholarship reminds me of all the blessings that are holding me up and further confirms I am heading in the right direction. It reminds me to dream bigger and keep striving, in particular for those who are coming behind me. With this award you are helping me to shun the inner critic who sometimes tries to exhaust my flame. You are reminding me there is a remarkable group of women in this industry who are there to support me along this journey that both frightens yet excites me. I sincerely thank you and I look forward to joining you in making valuable contributions to this industry, on behalf of women everywhere.”

Women In Film / USC Scholarship

2017 Scholar Olivia DeLaurentis

UCLA Dummer Scholarship

“As an aspiring comedic writer, director, and actor, I am beyond excited that Women In Film is recognizing and supporting young women’s efforts in comedy television. I am thrilled to receive the Dummer Television Award and hope that many women in my generation can not only succeed in the television industry in the next few years to come, but also surpass society’s limiting definition of what a “female comedian” is allowed to be, and thrive as comedians and artists with a wide range of voices, styles, and senses of humor.”

2017 Scholar Christine Natalie Liang

“I am incredibly grateful and honored to receive an award from Women In Film. As an artist and activist with a feminist consciousness, this award is deeply meaningful to me. I will continue to create, portray, and center authentic and complex female characters in my writing and directing. I very much appreciate your organization’s support of women in filmmaking, which helps elevate all women.”

UCLA Verna Fields Scholar

2017 Scholar Jessica Loyd

CSU Northridge WIF Scholar

“This honor comes at a pivotal time in my life and will be a cornerstone in the career I hope to build. I am grateful to my university and to everyone at the Women In Film organization for the recognition. The resources and community provided by WIF are such a priceless privilege. I will make it my mission to live out the meaning of the award. Thank you!”

2017 Scholar Valencia Istratii

“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.”

WIF AFI 2017 Scholar

2017 Scholar Lynelle White

Eleanor Perry Writing Award
Through the generosity of the law firm Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer

“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.”

2017 Scholar Bridget Visser

“It is a 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.”

Eleanor Perry Writing Award
Through the generosity of the law firm Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer

2017 Scholar Vittoria Campaner

WIF/UCLA Loreen Arbus Fellowship in Cinematography; WIF Crystal + Lucy Award® Scholar

“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.”

2017 Scholar 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.”

Chapman / Meredith MacRae Memorial

2017 Scholar Rukayat Giwa

Women In Film / USC Scholarship

“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 had 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 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!”

2017 Scholar 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 that I 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!”

Women In Film / USC Scholarship

2016/17 Scholar Emmeli Tomth

WIF / CSUN Scholarship

“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 [to] 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.”

2016/17 Scholar Silvia Lara

“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 this 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 M.F.A. in cinematography! Thank you Women In Film for your kindness and generosity.”

WIF / UCLA Dreamworks Scholarship

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.”

2016/17 Scholar Shirley Zhou

“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.”

UCLA Dummer Television Award

2016/17 Scholar Audrey Emerson

WIF / USC 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.”

2016/17 Scholar Krystal Javier

“Ahhhh!! Words truly cannot express how grateful I am for the Tichi Wilkerson Kassel 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!”

WIF / AFI Tichi Wilkerson Kassel Scholar

2016/17 Scholar Adrienne Love-Schultz

WIF / USC 2016 Scholarship

“I’m so humbled and thankful to be one of the recipients of the 2016 WIF scholarship. Since I became interested 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.”

2016/17 Scholar Jennica Wragg

“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.”

WIF / USC 2016 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.”

2016/17 Scholar Shoshana Sachi

“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 kid gloves nor 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.”

2016 WIF UCLA Eleanor Perry Writing Award

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.”

2015 Scholars

2015 WIF Scholars


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 M.F.A. program at UCLA.

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

The Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship
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 $1,000. It is administered directly by UCLA annually to a female director in UCLA’s M.F.A. 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
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
Awarded yearly to a student at UCLA’s M.F.A. 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
Awarded annually to one or more students studying at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.