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BAFTA New York Announces Scholarship Winners

12 October 2012
BAFTA New York announces Scholarship WinnersJoan Katz/BAFTA New York

BAFTA New York is thrilled to announce the winners of its new education initiative, "The BAFTA New York Media Scholarship Program." Students attending Hunter College in New York City are the first recipients of the inaugural awards totaling $15,000.

The winner of the BAFTA New York-Donald & Eleanor Taffner Award in the amount of $2,500 is Chelsea Franklin.
The winner of the BAFTA New York-A+E Networks Award in the amount of $5,000 is Bryan Powers.
The winner of the BAFTA-New York - AMC Networks Award in the amount of $2,500 is Dana D’Adamo.
The winner of the BAFTA New York - Vibrant TV Award in the amount of $2,500 is Anjuman Hossain.
The winner of the BAFTA New York – Cinedigm Award in the amount of $2,500 is Jennifer Guberman. The awards were distributed at a private breakfast reception on September 27, 2012.

The grant program was established earlier this year to support undergraduate students pursuing media studies at public institutions located within the New York City area. The four-year program, which begins with the fall 2012 semester, bestows gifts in the amount of $2,500 or $5,000 and is for one year. Funding for the grant is generated two ways: The BAFTA New York – Donald & Eleanor Taffner Award, created in honor of the Taffners’ contribution to the global media industry; and corporate sponsored awards.

Meet the 2012 BAFTA New York Scholars!

Bryan PowersJoan Katz/BAFTA New York Bryan Powers - $5,000 BAFTA New York/A+E Networks

Bryan Powers is an aspiring film editor looking forward to a career in movies or television. He moved to New York from Columbus Ohio, and currently lives in Brooklyn. A film major, he is on the Dean’s List at Hunter, maintaining a perfect grade-point average of 4.0. Read Bryan's Essay BAFTA new York Powers Bafta Essay (81.8 KB)

Dana D'AdamoJoan Katz/BAFTA New York Dana D’Adamo - $2,500 BAFTA New York/AMC Networks

Dana D’Adamo’s artistic focus is the development process and pre-production in film, video and TV. While studying at Hunter and majoring in film, she has worked as a development intern at the new Viacom venture NickMom and at Glimmer Productions. Read Dana's EssayBAFTA New York Scholarship Essays_Dadamo (73.5 KB)

Chelsea FranklinJoan Katz/BAFTA New York Chelsea Franklin - $2,500 BAFTA New York/Donald & Eleanor Taffner

Chelsea Franklin, a film major at Hunter, has written, directed and produced her own work. Her film Holloway Park won the Best Student Film award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. It was also featured at the New York Independent international Film Festival. Read Chelsea's Essay BAFTA New York outreach, Scholarship Essays_Franklin (63.2 KB)

Anjuman Hossain - $2,500 BAFTA New York/Vibrant TV

Anjuman Hossain is a film major with a special interest and expertise in art direction. She graduated from New York’s selective LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and is on the Dean’s List at Hunter. She was the assistant director in charge of set design for Unsweetened Ice Tea¸an award-winning student film. Read Anjuman's Essay BAFTA New York Scholarship Essay Anjuman Hossain (15.3 KB)

Jennifer GubermanJoan Katz/BAFTA New Yorlk Jennifer Guberman - $2,500 BAFTA New York/Cinedigm

Jennifer Guberman is preparing for a career in television by majoring in media studies at Hunter, where she is on the Dean’s List. Her dream is to work behind the camera, and she has already gained valuable experience as a marketing intern at the web company Stray Boots and a publicity intern at Atlantic Records. Read Jennifer's Essay BAFTA New York Essay For Bafta New York Scholarship Jennifer Guberman (28 KB)

This year, to be considered for a BAFTA New York Media Studies Scholarship , students must show a demonstrated financial need, be an undergraduate student with a declared major in media studies with 30-60 completed credits, have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a recommendation from a faculty advisor. They must also submit an essay.

The goal of BAFTA New York is not only to maintain but also to expand its Scholarship Program so if you are a corporation or an individual interested in supporting this effort please email [email protected] for more information. The 2013 Scholarship process will begin in early 2013.

Details will be posted on this website

BAFTA New York Scholarship breakfastJoan Katz/BAFTA New YorkLinda Kahn, Susan Margolin, Eve Levy and Dan Zifkin BAFTA New York Scholarship breakfastJoan Katz/BAFTA New YorkChristina Thomas, Freddie Hancock, Dana D'Adamo