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Jan Marino Scholarship

A scholarship to the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting for women over 55


SeriesFest was honored to partner with the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting in Season 4 to launch the Jan Marino Scholarship, designed to support women over 55 who are students in the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting program. Named to honor author Jan Marino, the mother of M.F.A. student Betsy Marino Leighton, the scholarship nurtures the power of strong, independent female storytelling in television and film. 



The Stephens College Low-Residency M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting is the first low-residency M.F.A. program to focus solely on television and screenwriting, and it carries a mission:  To increase the voices and impact of women in television and film.  

It is mentor based, and all of the faculty are working writers, including some of the most successful television and screenwriters in Hollywood. Students gather at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood for ten days of intensive workshops in early August, and again in January. During the semester they work one-on-one with mentors on-line. This flexibility makes the program available to those who are mid-career and have families - which defines many women over 55.  The Jan Marino Scholarship will open doors to a future for these emerging writers that may have seem permanently closed. 



Scholarships will be awarded based upon need and writing samples which demonstrate an original voice and a desire to explore deeply emotional aspects of the human condition, just as Jan Marino did.

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