Nick Endows Engel Scholarship at CalArts

Nickelodeon has established an endowed scholarship in animation at CalArts that honors famed Disney animator and CalArts instructor Jules Engel.

The endowment is the first endowed corporate scholarship in animation for the school’s prestigious School of Film/Video and will support students in both the character and experimental animation programs.

The announcement was made by president of animation for Nick and the MTV Network Kids and Family Group Brown Johnson, during the Jules Engel Centennial Celebration in Los Angeles. The endowment will support students in both the character and experimental animation programs.

‘CalArts has helped shape some of the most creative minds in the animation business, including many of our Nicktoon creators, directors, designers and writers,’ said Johnson. ‘We believe that our partnership with this prestigious institution will create a greater collaboration between our studio and the industry.’

Engel’s career in animation began with such Walt Disney classics as Fantasia and Bambi, and included creating cartoons for UPA and Format Films. He became one of the most beloved instructors at CalArts, where he was founding director of the experimental animation department. The school is celebrating a centennial celebration of Engel’s birth this year, which includes a roundtable discussion and reception April 19 at the REDCAT Theater in Los Angeles.