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Canada’s Jam Filled Ent. Launches Diversity in Animation Scholarship Program

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Canada’s Jam Filled Ent. Launches Diversity in Animation Scholarship Program

Jam Filled Entertainment, the Boat Rocker-owned Canadian studio behind The Loud House, Final Space, Dino Ranch and more, has launched a new scholarship program focused on attracting students from diverse backgrounds to the animation industry. The Jam Filled Diversity in Animation (JFDIA) scholarship program will provide financial support and mentorship opportunities to promising second year animation program students.

Four individual scholarships will be available to students who identify as diverse and are entering the second year of an animation program at Algonquin College, Sheridan College, Seneca College or Nova Scotia Community College. Each scholarship is valued at $3,000 CAD per academic year and is renewable until the bachelor’s degree or diploma is obtained.

“We’re thrilled to launch the Jam Filled Diversity in Animation scholarship program to help the next generation of animators thrive,” said Kyle MacDougall, Phil Lafrance and Jamie Leclaire, founders of Jam Filled Entertainment. “It’s vital that there is more diversity in the animation industry, and we look forward to supporting these talented animators pursue their studies in the craft we all love.”

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student in an Animation Program at one of the four (4) Eligible Institutions.
  • Have successfully completed the first (1st) year of studies with intention of entering the second (2nd) year.
  • Be in good academic standing over the last two (2) terms of available marks,
  • Identify as diverse (special focus on ethno-racial and indigenous identities, gender and sexual identities, place of origin, age and ability).

“Diversity and inclusion are major priorities at Boat Rocker,” said John Young, CEO, Boat Rocker Media. “The Jam Filled Diversity in Animation scholarship program is a positive step towards helping ensure we support students with diverse backgrounds achieve their academic and professional goals.”

Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit an online application by visiting www.jamfilled.com. The application and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than 1 p.m. ET on June 30, 2021. A special focus will be placed on awarding scholarships to a student from each of the four eligible institutions.

The program is open to the first 100 submitted applications.

Complete application guidelines available here.

Founded in 2008, Jam Filled Entertainment is a full-service digital animation studio headquartered in Ottawa, with additional studios in Toronto and Halifax. Acquired by Boat Rocker in 2016, Jam Filled offers industry-leading animation from a team of over 600 skilled artists and animators. The studio has worked on numerous hit shows, including The Casagrandes (Nickelodeon), The Loud House (Nickelodeon), Pinky Malinky (Netflix/Nickelodeon), Final Space (TBS), Thomas & Friends (Mattel Creative), the CBC holiday special The Great Northern Candy Drop, DC Super Hero Girls (Warner Bros. Animation/Cartoon Network) and Dino Ranch (CBC/Disney Junior).

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