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Vancouver woman among finalists for prestigious film school scholarship

Last Updated Jan 16, 2019 at 5:43 am PDT

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

A Vancouver woman is among five finalists in the running for a $50,000 USD scholarship to the Vancouver Film School

Vancouver's Carolyn Woolner is up against four other people from North America vying for a prestigious film scholarship

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A local woman is in the running for a prestigious, full-ride scholarship worth $50,000 USD to the Vancouver Film School writing program, thanks to legendary Hollwyood filmmaker Kevin Smith.

Vancouver’s Carolyn Woolner is up against four other people from around North-America, and the winner is expected to be announced later this month.

She beat out thousands of other people to nab a nomination.

“You know people from Johannesburg, South Africa, São Paulo, Brazil, and all over the United States, just to name a few places,” Vancouver Film School Executive Producer Christopher Bennett explains.

“So the competition was fierce, and she was really a stand-out.”

Bennett says the Kevin Smith writing, acting and film production scholarships opened in October.

Finalists were hand-picked by Smith, and chosen based on “creative potential.” Consideration to other hardships or obstacles they’ve had to overcome while pursuing their dream were also factored into the decision.

“And sure enough, he was looking for more that just someone who had a hardship or they’d overcome something, but true creative potential. And Carolyn Woolner is one such of those people.”

While the winner will nab the top prize, the other finalists will also be getting a partial $250 USD scholarship to the school.