Who we are //
1. We are lean and mean -- the fund has 0 administrative costs. The Alliance for Education is our fiscal agent and they manage our funds free of charge. They are a 501c3, so all donations are tax deductible. Our scholarship committee is entirely volunteer.
2. We work smart! We partner with the Northwest High School Film Festival (NWHSFF) to identify applicants and winners.
The judges let us know, in advance of the festival, which students have won either Awards of Excellence or Honorable Mentions (the only 2 types of awards given). This way we aren't expected to have the technical expertise to judge the quality of students' work. Students submit separate applications for the J-Dogg scholarship directly to us. We select a winner from those who have won an award at the Festival.
3. We support local education. Our partnership with the NWHSFF underscores our desire to support public education in our area. We support local high school film production programs by making this opportunity exclusively available to the students from the area high schools that participate in the Festival.
4. We think big! We want the fund to be able to pay out $20K scholarships per year, renewable for the 4 years of school based on performance. This means we are working towards a $2M endowment. In the last 3 years, we've raised nearly $80K and awarded 3 first-year scholarships and 1 second-year scholarship.