Nickelodeon and Get Schooled, a national non-profit co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, have selected the first-ever winner of the “What’s Your Nickfluence” $25,000 scholarship.
DePaul University student Dawn Adepoju won the global short film competition, which is intended to help elevate and support up-and-coming animators. Adepoju’s short, “My Nickfluence,” was selected based on her narration on how Nickelodeon influenced her art and childhood.
“Nickelodeon’s legacy is driven by great storytelling so it was an incredibly humbling experience to see how we inspired Adepoju’s life in her heartfelt short,” said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president of Content Development and Production. “We hope that this scholarship award presented from our collaboration with Get Schooled gives Adepoju the opportunity to continue telling her story.”
“The range in shorts received from the challenge reflects the next generation of animators who are diverse, passionate and incredibly talented,” said Marie Groark, executive cirector of Get Schooled. “The partnership opened up a door for these students to use their art, computer and stories to entertain and inspire.”
Five high school students were each awarded a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Creative Pen Display and a one-year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud services.