California State University Northridge has announced a $2 million grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for student scholarships and to enhance technology in the school's Department of Cinema and Television Arts.
A portion of the grant will be used to provide scholarships for film and television students from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the industry, as well as mentorships with department faculty and industry professionals. The funds also will support the purchase and maintenance of new film and television equipment. With its latest gift, HFPA has awarded approximately $3 million to CSUN in support of student film projects and to keep the university's film program current with the latest technology.
"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is thrilled to continue its relationship with CSUN, which now spans nearly two decades and has provided invaluable opportunities for deserving students to hone their craft," said HFPA president Lorenzo Soria. "We believe that by empowering the filmmakers of tomorrow, we can ensure that our industry is left in good hands. We hope that these gifts will open doors that otherwise wouldn't have been there in the first place."