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AFI boosts scholarships

31 July 2013 1:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

AFI executives announced on Wednesday [31] a scholarship funding hike at the AFI Conservatory, the institute’s two-year graduate programme, that they said would raise funding to nearly three times previous levels.

AFI board of directors chair Robert Daly is leading the effort and gave a $1m gift in 2012 as a challenge grant for the AFI board of trustees.

To date, the AFI has raised more than $6.2m in scholarship funds for the Conservatory, which go directly towards training Fellows.

Donors include Howard Stringer, Lawrence Herbert, David Geffen, Alan Horn, Terry Semel and the Time Warner Foundation.

There are two new awards: the Gary Winick Scholarship, which has been awarded to AFI directing fellow and military veteran Henry Hughes, and the Latino Donor Collaborative, which promotes eight Fellows from the Latino community in the 2013-2014 academic year. Further new awards are expected to be announced in due course.

Photo Courtesy of AFI/Seth Pierson. »

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AFI Receives Scholarship Backing From Howard Stringer, David Geffen

31 July 2013 12:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute has received significant scholarship funding for the AFI Conservatory from Howard Stringer, Lawrence Herbert, David Geffen, Alan Horn, Terry Semel and the Time Warner Foundation.

AFI Board of Directors Chair Robert Daly led the effort with a gift of $1 million in 2012 as a challenge grant to the board of trustees, which raised $2.3 million, including gifts by board chairman Stringer and Herbert. An additional $3.5 million was donated from community leaders such as Geffen, Horn and Semel.

AFI also announced that The Gary Winick Foundation has established an endowed scholarship in Winick’s memory with the first scholarship awarded to AFI Directing Fellow Henry Hughes, a U.S. military veteran. Hughes is participating in ABC’s “Standing Up for Heroes” and has had the opportunity to screen his cycle film for George Lucas, who is now mentoring Hughes’ progress.

The AFI Conservatory has also partnered with the Latino »

- Dave McNary

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