In a move to extend educational opportunities for animators, Nickelodeon is partnering with nonprofit Get Schooled to launch a $25,000 scholarship that will go to one artist. The application period starts March 10. Candidates will apply online by submitting various materials, including a short film.
“They may not have the funds, but they have the talent,” says Russell Hicks, Nick’s president of content development and production. “This allows them to get their talent recognized.”
Since its launch five years ago, Get Schooled, co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, has reached millions of young people in thousands of high schools around the globe. This partnership allows Nickelodeon to extend its reach, ensuring that more students from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to earn the scholarship.
Hicks said the type of animation doesn’t matter. Simply put, they’re looking for storytellers.
“It’s about their ability to bring characters to life and tell stories,” he said.