26 Apr 2016 9:03 AM | Anonymous

Fran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and Major Contributor to the Scholarship Program Will Present the Awards

Los Angeles -- April 25, 2016 – Alliance for Women in Media Southern California Foundation (AWM SoCal), today named Paige Parker, Faith Strongheart and Amia Yokoyama the recipients of the 2016 AWM SoCal Scholarship to be presented  Thursday, May 5th at the 57th Annual Genii Awards, held during Digital Hollywood at the Skirball Cultural Center. All three students will receive financial assistance; a one-year AWM SoCal student membership and are invited to attend the Red Carpet and Genii Awards Ceremony for a special celebration and networking experience with Southern California media professionals.

The Scholarship Awards will be presented by Fran Zone, Founder of Zone Communication and the creator of The Zone Method™. A past AWM chapter president and member of the Steering Committee to fund the Gloria Steinem Chair at Rutgers University, Zone will also announce her endowment of five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded at the 2017 Genii’s. ‘It is a joy to support AWM SoCal’s next generation,’ she stated. 

In addition to recognizing the ‘Best of the Best’ within the media industry, the Genii Awards is a fundraiser for AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program. The 2016 scholarship recipients were selected by a distinguished panel of volunteer judges from SAG-AFTRA, CBS, Starcom and more. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, interests and majors within Southern California applied for consideration.

“This year, we had a record number of scholarship applications,” said AWM SoCal president Samantha Brown. “The achievements of Paige, Faith and Amia underscore the core values of AWM SoCal. We heartily congratulate them on their well-deserved awards.” The nonprofit organization’s Southern California Affiliate, established in 1952, helps to empower and fuel the professional development of women across the media landscape.

Los Angeles native Paige Parker is set to graduate this spring with her Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She aspires towards a career in broadcast TV where she can combine her love for adventure with her passion for creating.

Faith Strongheart is an emerging director with a unique visionary style. She has almost completed her third year of graduate school at UCLA where she is studying directing and is finishing her latest short film, Je Suis Une Mère (I Am a Mother), about a woman struggling to balance work and family.

Amia Yokoyama is a graduate student at California Institute of the Arts, pursuing an MFA, and a multi-media artist who works with experimental animation, video, 2D mixed media, sculpture and installation.

The AWM SoCal scholarship fund was established to aid in the higher education of promising students. This fund complements the AWM SoCal mission: to advance the impact of women and men in the electronic media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry. AWM So Cal Scholarship Director Leslie Simmons, a Los Angeles-based publicist, oversaw the application and judging process.

The Genii Awards acknowledge the notable achievements of excellence by women in media and entertainment and is generously sponsored by Hitachi Consulting, Fox Networks, SAG-AFTRAand VUBIQUITY. Media sponsors include Digital Hollywood and Multichannel News. Product sponsors include 240sweet, Athleta, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc, evian Natural Spring Water, KIND Snacks, KLARETY, Markwins Beauty - wet n wild, nodpod, PizzaRev, Rick Steves' Europe, Inc., The Coffee Bean.

Proceeds from the Genii Awards help fund the AWM SoCal Foundation and its student scholarship program.

Silent Auction supporters include: Adorkbale Apparel,  Arbonne,  Athleta Private Party/VIP Experience,  Black Chateau Publishing, Candles by Dave, Catalina Film FestivalCinedigm Movie Basket,  CorePower Yoga,  Daisy Rock Girl Guitars,  DC Comics Wonder Woman Collection Package, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi DDS & Oral Essentials Inc,  Evolue Beauty,  Film Independent,  Long Beach Bayou Festival,Marine Discovery Tours, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Nakeah Cosmetics of Hollywood, Naven,  Ojai Film Festival,  Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club, Personal Training by Denise,  R6S, the Premiere Digital Media Agency,  Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. ,  Six Flags Magic Mountain,  Sprinkles Cupcakes, Tannenbaum Chiropractic,  The Grove Date Night/Shopping PackageThe Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Utah Office of Tourism & Utah Film Commission Gift Package, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Vicki Abelson - Women Who Write, Wingspan Cyclery bike shop,  Yoga Blend, Young Americans

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