ASIFA-Hollywood and the Animation Educators Forum have selected seven animation students to receive a total of $31,000 in scholarships for the academic year 2017-2018. AEF judges reviewed applications from all over the globe, assessing each student’s passionate personal story in order to determine the recipients of the merit-based awards designed to support college students in their animation studies.
“We received a total of 78 finalized applications from around the world,” said Dori Littell-Herrick for AEF. “A team of seven judges, all with professional and academic experience, gave careful consideration to each application, reviewing the applicants’ personal goals, proposal for the use of the award, and portfolio of work. Applications were considered based on the student’s upcoming year in school, and then evaluated during three intense rounds of judging.”
This year’s deserving awardees include stop-motion, traditional and digital animation artists; documentary and short film makers; and academic researchers and authors:
Amir Arzanian – $5,000; University of Southern California
Blake Derksen – $5,000; California Institute of the Arts
Isaiah Malnory-Brown – $3,000; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Rachel Elese Morales – $5,000; Art Center College of Design
Triet Le – $3,000; Virginia Commonwealth University
Tzu-Hsin Yang (Cindy Yang) – $5,000; California Institute of the Arts
Vassilis Kroustallis – $5,000; Department of Audio & Visual Arts, Ionian University
Each scholar also receives a one-year Associate Membership to ASIFA-Hollywood, the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation and celebrating the people who create it.