Melanie is a senior at CSU Northridge, and has faced challenges and chased opportunities that led her to her passion in brand marketing. She is pursuing a career in the video game industry and her goal is to help brands become an international success. She is very appreciative to the AWM SoCal Scholarship as it will fund her final semester.
Linda Ha is an immersive storyteller with a passion for broadcast television news. She’s working on her storytelling craft as an intern at PBS SoCal where she assists the “Studio SoCal” on-air production team with writing, shooting, video editing, and field producing. Linda recently participated in the inaugural Bloomberg-UNC Business Journalism Diversity Program as one of 12 students selected to take part in the week-long program. This summer, she will be interning at CNBC in Englewood Cliffs, NJ with the Squawk on the Street team.
Linda is in her final year at the University of California, Irvine and pursuing a degree in literary journalism as well as a minor in business management. In 2015, she went abroad to Madrid, Spain where she studied Spanish, social revolutions, urban development, and art. She later studied in Rome, Italy where she learned Italian, how sports influence modern Italian society and illegal antiquity trade. Linda is dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusion in the media and is an active member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
Heran Mamo is a junior at the University of Southern California studying Journalism with a minor in Culture, Media and Entertainment. Originally from Portland, OR, Heran enjoys writing articles and short stories in her free time, as well as running and curating Spotify playlists. She has worked as a lifestyle writer for USC's newspaper, the Daily Trojan, and as a multimedia journalist at Annenberg Media. Heran plans on going into magazine journalism after she graduates in 2019, hopefully working for Billboard, Cosmopolitan or Rolling Stone.
I’ve been the CBS2/KCAL9 News Apprentice since August of 2012. I’ve worked the assignment desk, written stories, and am currently training to produce. I’ve also been very fortunate to meet amazing individuals -- professionals who have mentored me throughout my apprenticeship. They have become a very important part of my life. Because of this I can say without any doubt, the AWM scholarship opened the door to this once of a lifetime opportunity that has forever changed my life. Thank you, AWM.
-Yoselin Montes-Castillo, Bachelor of Arts, Television and Journalism, California State University, Northridge, 2012
In the year since I received the Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship from the Southern California Chapter, I have been actively pursuing my goal of becoming a working screenwriter in Hollywood. The AWM scholarship has helped alleviate some of the financial strain of graduate school, and has allowed me to focus on my classes rather than the date I will begin repaying my student loans.
The scholarship also provided me with the opportunity to become part of a valuable network of men and women who have already broken into the entertainment industry. As I've learned from my time working at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, networking is one of the most efficient ways to turn career goals into real-life achievements.
Being a 2012 scholarship recipient has been not only rewarding during my time as a student, but also hopes to be a mutually beneficial relationship after graduation. My short film, "The Tent" is currently playing at various festivals and I recently finished my first pilot, a drama called "Showcase," which details the behind the scene tensions of a 50s game show.
- Kelli Johnson, Masters of Fine Arts , Screenwriting, University of Southern California, 2012