HPA Announces Winners of Brinkman Scholarships

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Sat, 10/30/2010 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Post Alliance has announced the winners of the 2010 J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Awards honoring outstanding students and industry professionals committed to excellence and a desire to further their careers in post-production. Six university students will receive scholarships. They include Ivy Flores California Institute of the Arts; Lili Gu UCLA; Kevin Kerr USC; Ashley Maria USC; Sevak Ohanian; USC and Michael Trombley California State University Northridge. Additionally James Key Full Sail University; Dolce Wang Chapman University and Brandon Workman USC received Avid Media Composer 5.0. “This year’s applicants exceeded our expectations in every way ” says Kathleen A. Milnes president and CEO of The Entertainment Economy Institute HPA board member and chair of HPA’s Scholarship Committee. “In fact there were so many qualified young filmmakers that the committee added an extra scholarship to the mix.  We are delighted that a growing number of students and professionals are recognizing the value in applying for the Michael Brinkman Scholarship.  We are also grateful to the dedicated faculty who recommend and teach these young people.” The J. Michael Brinkman Scholarship Awards are open to Southern California residents who are either undergraduate students or working in the post-production industry and seeking career advancement. Student entrants were required to submit a letter of recommendation from an instructor stating why the student is deserving of a scholarship award. Michael Brinkman was a leading figure in Hollywood’s broadcast and post-production communities and a founding member of the Hollywood Post Alliance. Michael spent 16 years with Panasonic and prior to that was an award-winning producer/director working in documentary and educational production. Michael spent his professional life helping others understand technology in the service of the creative endeavor. His contagious enthusiasm and willingness to mentor touched many lives. In his memory the HPA hopes to continue his legacy to the industry and the people who choose to make it their career.