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ASIFA-Hollywood Announces 2021 Student Scholarship Winners

Organization’s Animation Educators Forum has awarded 9 students from 5 states and 4 countries with scholarships totaling $39,730; the funds will be used to help defray costs of software, hardware, creative and academic research, and tuition.

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum (AEF) has announced its scholarship recipients for the academic year 2021-22. This year’s scholarships totaled $39,730 and will be distributed to nine students, both graduates and undergraduates, from five states and four countries.

The scholarship funds will be used to cover costs for necessary software and hardware, creative and academic research, and tuition.

The AEF scholarships are merit-based and designed to support college students continue their education in the field of animation. Each individual student’s written proposals, letters of recommendation from faculty, and demo reel/still art were taken into consideration as part of the selection process.

The 2021-22 AEF Scholarship recipients are:

Damian Thorn-Hauswirth, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FLaGraduate Student

  • Creative Animation Project – Returning to graduate studies after working eight years in the industry

Jenielle Salardo, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

  • Senior, Undergraduate – Creative Animation Project – Active member of the “Shrunkenheadmen” Animation & Illustration Club.

Jodi Kuchenbecker, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

  • Senior, Undergraduate – Creative Animation Project – A pilot episode of her series proposal

Joy Zhou, Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

  • Third year, Undergraduate – Tuition – Goals include story and character design

Kaitlin Yu, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

  • Senior, Undergraduate – Creative Animation Project – Project focuses on the experiences of immigrants.

Keri Galindo, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

  • Fourth year, Graduate Degree – Animation Research Proposal – Applying animation principles to the field of social robotics.

Stefie Gan, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • MFA Student – Creative Animation Project – Studies architecture at Columbia University

Swann Valenza, MoPA, International School of 3D Animation, Arles, France

  • Fourth Year, Undergraduate – Creative Animation Proposal – Taught herself to use Blender 3D software while in high school.

Thomas Edgar-McNerney, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Fourth year, Undergraduate – Creative Animation Project – Inspired by special effect animation of dragons to pursue a career in animation. Hopes to be a storyboard artist.

ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation (International Animated Film Association), supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, Animation Educators Forum, animated film preservation, special events, scholarships, and screenings.

More information about ASIFA-Hollywood is available here.

Source: ASIFA Hollywood