ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum (AEF) is proud to announce its scholarship recipients for academic year 2020. This year’s scholarships total is $40,000 and will be distributed to 11 students; four graduate and seven undergraduates from six countries. The scholarship funds will be used to cover costs for necessary software and hardware, academic research and tuition.
The AEF scholarships are merit-based and designed to support college students in continuing their education in the field of animation. Each individual student’s written proposals, letters of recommendation from faculty, and demo reel/still art were taken into consideration as part of the selection process.
“Many of our scholarship students are entering production-heavy semesters as they complete senior projects or thesis films, said Dori Littell-Herrick on behalf of AEF. “For this reason, the Scholarship Committee has elected to make the following accommodations:
“ASIFA-Hollywood’s AEF is aware that course offerings and school schedules may be adjusted due to COVID-19 challenges, and courses may be moved online, rather than face-to-face. Because this may influence a student’s decision to enroll in Fall 2020 semester, for this year only, the AEF is allowing a scholarship winner to defer the award until the Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 semesters.”
The 2020 AEF Scholarship recipients are:
Graduate Student entering the 1st year:
- Iris (Irida) Zhonga, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
Graduate Student entering 2nd year:
- Monireh Astani, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co Kildare, Ireland
Graduate Student entering 5th year:
- Alexandre Mougenot, Ecole Mopa, Arles, France
Undergraduate Student entering 2nd year:
- Jaime Florian, Universidad Pontificia, Bolivariana, Medillin, Antioquia, Columbia