Cinematography Scholarship Program

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Early in 1990 the Eastman Kodak Company announced the establ ishment of a $300,000 endowment fund to provide $5,000 tuition scholarships for senior and graduate level students of cinematography. The fund is admisnistered by the non-profit University Film and Video Foundation. "We believe that this is the only tuition scholarship program specifically for students specializing in cinematography," reported Dr. John B. Kuiper, president and chief executive officer of the Foundation.

The scholarships will be offered through U.S. colleges and universities offering degrees in film. Eligible students must be in their senior year or in graduate school at an institution that offers a four year program in motion picture filmmaking. Applicants must be nominated by the faculty and each university is limited to two applicants per year. The first recipients will be announced this fall based on recommendations that were made in the spring. The awards will be made in January of 1992. This is a major part of an overall plan by Kodak to broaden assistance to film schools and student filmmakers.

William Fraker, president of the American Society of Cinematographers and a graduate of the University of Southern California film school, greeted the announcement with enthusiasm and commended Kodak for recognizing the important contribution of the cinematographer to the art of filmmaking. "I want you to know, that this program has the full support of the ASC and I would hope that in the not-too-distant future, we will be able to look into an apprenticeship program to complement the scholarship," said Fraker. …