Thanks to the many generous donors among you, we are able to offer new scholarships to deserving students this summer. Benefitting teens as well as adults, scholarships are now available for almost every program we offer, from photo and filmmaking workshops to books arts courses and long-term programs. We value the creative diversity that scholarship recipients bring to our campus, and encourage everyone who would like to come here but is hampered by the cost of tuition to apply. Many of our scholarships have an April 24 deadline, so be sure tocheck out the complete list and apply as soon as possible.
One of our new scholarships is for women filmmakers, and is dedicated to bringing some measure of hope in the name of tragedy. Founded by cinematographer Amy Vincent, ASC, in memory of a talented camera assistant killed on the set of the now suspended feature Midnight Rider, the Spirit of Sarah Scholarship aims to give emerging women filmmakers a boost towards furthering their careers. "The loss of Sarah Jones has brought much needed awareness to safety issues on set," said Amy. "This scholarship is one small way to keep hopes and dreams alive for young women in the film industry." The Spirit of Sarah Scholarship is need and merit-based, and can be used for any one-week cinematography course over the summer session.
After attending a workshop taught by world-renowned photographer Sam Abell last summer, Skip Klein was inspired not only to pursue his photography with fresh eyes, but also to create a lasting way for others to benefit from that kind of experience. Starting with a matching grant and later expanding to include donations from 18 other alumni, Skip founded the new Sam Abell Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance for photo workshops with any of our amazing instructors. In addition, Sam Abell will make personal contact with the recipients. Now fully endowed, the merit and needs-based scholarship will provide tuition for any weeklong photo workshop at our Rockport campus for one student every year. "Sam is a talented documentary photographer in the National Geographic tradition and a natural and caring teacher," said Skip. "I can think of no better way to start honoring the wonderful faculty at Maine Media than by beginning with an endowed scholarship in honor of Sam's many talents and contributions."
One of our largest scholarship funds, targeted to Maine teens, was given a boost by new grant funds from Evergreen Foundation. We are always thrilled to see the Maine Youth Scholarship Fund thrive and grow, and especially to see the work created by the teens who spend a few transformative weeks of their summer with us. Last year this fund and others helped us provide scholarships to 16 Maine teens. We'd like to do even more. In fact, we have a goal to grow this fund so that any Maine high school student can attend a workshop here, regardless of their family's financial circumstances.
We are also pleased to have been offered additional contributions to our Diversity & Underprivileged Scholarship Fund by long-time alum Jack H. Klein. A video producer who has taken more than 20 film and photo workshops with us over the years, Jack sought to assist us in providing visual storytelling skills to teens from ethnically or culturally underrepresented communities. If you know of students who could benefit from spending a week or two in a creative, immersive, and supportive learning environment,we encourage you to refer them to our scholarship program.
We now have no less than 14 different scholarship opportunities listed on our website, and for that we give our very sincere thanks to the grant makers and individual donors who helped make it possible. It is hard to overstate the value of these scholarships for the recipients, the positive impact the programs have on the lives and careers of those who attend, and the contribution to the vitality of our campus that these students make. Last year those grants and gifts helped 34 students attend workshops and long-term programs. We hope to help even more this year.