The University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts is one of the leading media schools in the world. Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of film as an industry and an art form. The School offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, cinema and media studies, animation and digital arts, production, interactive media and games, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. Its more than 13,000 alumni are among the world’s most distinguished animators, scholars, teachers, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound experts, video game designers and industry executives. Among its notable alumni and/or donors are George Lucas, Ron Howard, John Singleton and Dino and Martha de Laurentiis.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a long history with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, beginning in 1989 with a grant of $3,000 to film school scholarships and an annual $100,000 endowed HFPA Fellowship. But as of 2017, the HFPA decided on a much larger collaboration: a $2 million gift endowment to fund HFPA Fellowships for international students who cannot access student loans because they are not US citizens or permanent residents. According to USC, it is the largest and most substantial endowment earmarked specifically for deserving students who hail from outside the United States.
The purpose of the gift is to finance the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund, an endowment used to assist encourage, and educate talented students from around the world enrolled in the USC School of Cinematic Arts whose creative approaches and perspectives represent inclusion, innovation, and change. Among other projects, five scholarships of $20,000 each will be awarded annually. Students who receive funds will be known as HFPA International Scholars.
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