Nickelodeon Unveils First-Ever Animation Scholarship Program in Partnership with Get Schooled to Award One Talented Young Animator a $25,000 Scholarship

by Marie Groark, Executive Director, Get Schooled

Nickelodeon has partnered with Get Schooled, our education foundation co-founded by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to award one skilled and innovative animator with a $25,000 scholarship by creating an original animated short.  This partnership marks the first-ever animation scholarship program between the two organizations, which will help elevate and support the brightest up and coming animators by giving them an opportunity to submit their story. 

Over 2,100 young storytellers from 86 different countries have already gone to Get Schooled to learn initial information about the global animation scholarship program.  Full guidelines will be available in April and the winners will be announced summer 2015.

Nickelodeon’s President of Content Development and Production, Russell Hicks, and Marie Groark, Executive Director of Get Schooled had this to say about the new program:

“With a rich history of championing artist-driven shows and shorts, Nickelodeon is on a mission to bring these ever-growing, young animators to the forefront,” said Hicks. “By partnering with Get Schooled, we are able to discover the next generation of storytellers and provide an animation scholarship for a deserving student, which is really rewarding.”

“Get Schooled believes passionately in the power of education to unleash the potential of a young person,” said Groark.  “We are excited to partner with Nickelodeon on this incredible opportunity to find, recognize and support one of the world’s best young creative minds in animation.”

The scholarship opportunity will be available for 17 to 24-years-olds, in which applicants will be required to submit an animated short in any format.  Realizing that talent is found across all age ranges and in all corners of the globe, 13- to 16-years-olds will be invited to submit a theme-based looping animation for the chance to win prizes, such as a tablet with animation software.


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