Founder’s Scholarship


The Screenwise Founder’s Acting Scholarship

The opportunity to access quality skills training as a screen actor in Australia has become increasingly difficult to access. Economically and socially disadvantaged students are most affected, and will be faced with numerous barriers in pursuit of a career as a professional Film and TV Actor. Many young and talented Australian actors may never achieve their goals as a consequence. Somewhere across our nation another Hemsworth or Kidman may never reach their potential as a professional Film and TV Actor. The question remains, what can our industry leaders do to ensure that Australian Film and TV Actors continue to thrive on local and international screens?

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Presenting the Screenwise Founder’s Acting Scholarship

Screenwise and its Founder and CEO Denise Roberts sought to do their part as one of Australia’s key benefactors behind Australia’s Screen Acting Industry today by offering educational support to one of Australia’s most talented and promising actors year-on-year. The Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship was realised as our pledge to discover and support the next generation of great Australian actors of tomorrow.

Screenwise has dedicated over two decades of screen acting training and has facilitated thousands of actors at our studios. Numerous Screenwise Alumni have continued on towards great success in Australia and across the globe throughout that time. The Founder’s Scholarship is a tribute that honours all of our students who have shared our passion for our Film and Television industry, and a promise to tomorrow’s next great Australian actor.

What does the Screenwise Founder’s Acting Scholarship offer?

The Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship offers one two-year full-time scholarship to study the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting. Valued at $35,000 The Founder’s Scholarship covers tuition fees for the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma Screen Acting Program over the complete course of two years. Tuition Fees also include production of the Scholarship recipient’s Showreel and Industry Graduation Showcase upon completion of the program. In addition to full subsidisation of tuition fees, the successful applicant will receive extended mentoring from Screenwise Founder and CEO Denise Roberts throughout their studies. *Terms and Conditions

Founder’s Scholarship Recipient 2020 – Veronica Chan 

The Founder’s Scholarship has provided Veronica Chan with the remarkable opportunity to fully leverage her strong work ethic and unique talents as an actress. Her identity as a Taiwanese Australian is currently driving her passion and interests in themes of diversity and family across international Film and Television.

What are you looking forward to the most in the Diploma of Screen Acting 10065NAT and your time at Screenwise?

I’m looking forward to so much! To be able to come to class and work on what I love every day, to fully immerse in learning and improving in this craft, and gain solid insight into the industry. I also look forward to meeting, collaborating and growing with other talented individuals, and share this journey of development as a group. Not to mention learning under the tutelage of industry seasoned teachers. I absolutely cannot wait to get started!

What inspired you to pursue Screen Acting?

Ever since I was young I have had a passion for storytelling. I believe this first originated from learning English through reading when I first moved to Australia. This interest soon expanded towards storytelling through film. Whilst I was drawn to the stories themselves, I became obsessed with exploring the creative process behind making films. It was through watching countless videos of behind the scenes footage and actor interviews that the idea of becoming an actor became apparent to me.

Growing up in my household I was never presented with many options as a career, so the idea of acting as a career didn’t occur to me until much later in my life. Through reading books I could explore as many different personas in my mind. It was a way for me to experience hundreds of different lives, in my one lifetime. Also having already been on different sets, I absolutely love the energy and the creative atmosphere. Everyone is on set with one common purpose and passion. The collaborative nature of film is something I have never seen elsewhere. The love, dedication, and pride everyone has in the industry is something that I want to be a part of. Obviously there’s more to the story, but in short I decided to give it a go and now here I am! 

Where would you like to see yourself in the next ten years?

I would love to be at a place as an actor where I’m able to bring to life a wide range of complex characters, each telling a unique story. I want to be experienced in acting in numerous different genres, as well as in different languages too, to honour my bilingual upbringing. Diversity is a huge personal priority of mine also. I’d love to be collaborating with creatives from various backgrounds, fields and experiences. Of course it would be an absolute dream to be able to have worked with artists that I have admired growing up! I also hope that ten years from now, I would have been part of the movement to help bring more diversity to screen, not just on the type of characters presented, but also on the type of stories being told. In short, a solid, hardworking actor out there smashing up stereotypes!! 

Do you have any advice to someone thinking about applying for the Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship?

Just go for it!

Don’t think about all the maybes and what ifs. Don’t let fear and doubt pull you back as it did for me. Life is short and you only get to live once, so don’t let inaction become your regret. If acting is something you’re interested in, or have been seriously thinking about, take up this chance with the Scholarship and apply. At the end of the day you have nothing to lose and a life changing opportunity to gain. All you have to do is take that first step, and come what may, you will be one step closer to your dreams. If I can do it, you can too!

Founder’s Scholarship Recipient 2019 – Linnea Stevens-Jones

“The Founder’s Scholarship has given me the tools and foundations to enter the industry with confidence. Being surrounded by creativity and support for the last two years has allowed me the freedom to develop and more importantly have fun as an actor. Screenwise provides a structured learning environment that ingrains professionalism and stamina into their actors. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the amazing tutors and truly come into my own at my time at Screenwise”   

Founder’s Scholarship Recipient 2018 – Harrison Green

“I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity that I have been given by Screenwise. Without the scholarship I would not have been able to come to Sydney and I would still be working in the mines to save for acting courses. The Scholarship has truly prepared me for my career moving forward and it has opened endless possibilities for me. I recommend it to anyone who dreams to become an actor in every creative and professional sense. My thanks goes out to Denise Roberts and the Screenwise family for taking a chance on me

Screenwise is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO provider code 91699) and a member of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)

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