AFTRS Announces New Scholarship Recipients

AFTRS Announces New Scholarship Recipients

Top Row L–R: Ben Lewis | Jacqueline Sharah | Hiruni Dharmasena
Bottom row: L- R: Sarah Young | Alana Calvert

The Australian Film Television & Radio School has announced the recipients of merit-based scholarships.

AFTRS offers 35 scholarships which, in partnership with industry, support students from underrepresented groups to continue their education.

The two recipients of the Women in Cinematography Scholarship 2023, supported by Sony, are Hiruni Dharmasena and Jacqueline Sharah, both currently students of the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production.

Jacqueline Sharah said: “I feel lucky to have received such a scholarship! Thank you AFTRS and Sony for this opportunity and for rewarding emerging female filmmakers. This scholarship allows me to spend more time in the last year of my full-time studies to improve my knowledge of film and lighting techniques. My time at AFTRS has been immensely enriching in learning filmmaking and I am excited to apply these skills in my senior year at AFTRS and in the future when working in the industry. My goal is to become a cinematographer and I’m inspired by the PDO women who are paving the way for women like me.”

Sophie Blanch has been awarded the Onbass Gentle Giant Scholarship 2023. This scholarship has been established by Gentle Giant Media Group and the Onbass Fund for students who display creative excellence and who also require financial assistance to study at AFTRS. It is awarded to a student beginning the Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production.

The winner of the 2023 Pariya Taherzadeh Radio Scholarship is Sarah Young and this year’s winner of the ABC Selwyn Speight Excellence Radio Scholarship is Ben Lewis. The Glenn Daniel Smooth FM Scholarship 2023 was awarded to Alana Calvert.

AFTRS CEO, Dr. and the broadcasting industries. We want to open the School’s doors as widely as possible and thank our scholarship funders for their support in creating the next generation of incredible storytellers.

“The film and television industries are faced with the challenge of ensuring representation of the entire Australian community and AFTRS is proud to be at the forefront of this change.”