2004 Scholarship

March 2004

Fourth Annual MANAA Media Scholarship

MANAA, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans, is pleased to announce their $1000 scholarship for college and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in filmmaking and in television production (not broadcast journalism). MANAA is the only organization of its kind dedicated to monitoring the positive and negative portrayals of Asian Pacific Americans in the media.

MANAA recognizes the urgent need to fill the ranks of television and film with persons of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in decision-making positions as screenwriters, directors, producers, and studio executives. We are looking to award students who have a strong desire to advance a positive and enlightened understanding of the Asian Pacific American experience in the mainstream media.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of academic and personal merit, in addition to their desire to uplift the image of Asian Pacific Americans in film and television as demonstrated in their essay, work sample, and financial need.

All entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2004.


1. A copy of all official transcripts.

2. A copy of completed financial aid documents.

3. Two letters of recommendation. One that evaluates academic aptitude and another that speaks to the student’s interest and involvement in the community.

4. A double-spaced essay consisting of no more than 1,000 words answering the following questions: Where do you see yourself ten years from now? What accomplishments and strides will you hope to have made in your career in the film and television industry? How will you have worked to advance more positive images of Asian Pacific Americans in the mainstream media?

5. A work sample consisting of a short film or screenplay. Materials will not be returned. (optional, but highly recommended)

Send all completed applications to:
MANAA Scholarship
P.O. Box 11105
Burbank, CA 91510
Please DO NOT send applications via certified or registered mail.

For more information about MANAA and our monthly meetings, please visit our website at www.manaa.org. Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to manaaletters@yahoo.com.