Who we are //
1. We are lean and mean -- the fund has low administrative costs. The Alliance for Education is our fiscal sponsor, and they manage our funds for a low 6% service fee. 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 6 years, we've raised over $160K and have awarded over $80K in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th-year scholarships. As of spring 2018, we have supported 2 students to their graduation from film school!