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Nickelodeon Offers $25,000 Scholarship for Young Animators


Nickelodeon and the Get Schooled Foundation have teamed up to find the next generation of animation storytellers. Together they are inviting animators aged 17 to 24 to submit an animated short in any format for the chance to win a $25,000 scholarship.

The goal is to encourage up-and-coming artists, says Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president of content development. “With a rich history of championing artist-driven shows and shorts, Nickelodeon is on a mission to bring these ever-growing, young animators to the forefront.”

In a separate competition, aspiring animators aged 13 to 16 are invited to submit a theme-based looping animation for the chance to win prizes, such as a tablet with animation software.

Get Schooled is a national non-profit, co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Nick’s parent company Viacom, promoting media, technology, and popular culture as a means to motivate and inspire young people.

More information about the scholarship is available on the Get Schooled website, with full guidelines available in April. Winners will be announced in summer 2015.

  • Anonymous

    I’m calling age discrimination.

  • Luiz Felipe Matos

    Worldwide? :D

  • William Stilwell

    I know it’s relatively generic looking, but I can’t help thinking that the “i” in the Nickelodeon logo looks a lot like Bob Belcher.

    • Nick

      That’s Sanjay. They were both designed by Jay Howell.

      • William Stilwell

        Thank you!

  • James Taylor

    So, you’re considered ‘over the hill’ by the age of 25? Wow. XD

  • Marie

    I think it’s great that animation talent be encouraged. I’m doubtful, however, about this particular approach. I remember George Lucas saying in the early 90’s that new filmmaking technologies would allow a bunch of kids in their parents’ garage to make a great movie. Twenty-five years later, that has yet to happen. For most people, there’s a relationship between maturity and storytelling prowess. Storytelling involves (or should involve) revealing human truths. There are few examples of 17-24 year-olds being up to that task due to a lack of life experience. Nickelodeon isn’t looking for the next generation of great animation talent, they’re looking for the next fad on which to cash in.

  • This is definitely a great idea for Nickelodeon and for young artists to collaborate, and continue the animation network medium.

    I do find it interesting, as Nickelodeon is looking to combat the possible showdown with streaming content (Netflix). At some point, Netflix will ramp up more and more opportunities (as Variety mentioned of them and Nickelodeon), to find original content that is animation…if successful, network channels like Nick will have to find ways to stay competitive, and this (again) seems their response to that.

    Good luck to those who enter!

  • Ben

    There’s still no new information on this and its the fifth of april… Was this cancelled or what?