The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television has received a $100,000 gift from Pearl Studio to establish scholarships in memory of screenwriter and alumna Audrey Wells.
Two current-use scholarships will be awarded from the Audrey Wells Memorial “Say Yes!” Scholarships, first to an M.F.A. screenwriting student in the 2018–19 academic year and, in the 2019–20 year, to an M.F.A. directing student. Beginning in 2021, an endowed scholarship will alternate awards annually between a qualified M.F.A. screenwriting student and an M.F.A. directing student.
Wells, who graduated from UCLA TFT with an M.F.A. in 1989, was an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer. Her writing credits include “A Dog’s Purpose” (2017), “The Game Plan” (2007) and “Under the Tuscan Sun” (2003), which she also directed. Her screenplay for “The Hate U Give,” based on author Angie Thomas&rs”quo; critically acclaimed 2017 novel, was turned into a film that was released October 5, one day after her death.
Wells’ final screenplay, the animated musical “Over the Moon,” a film developed at Pearl Studio, is currently in production for a 2020 release under the direction of veteran, award-winning animator Glen Keane.
All of the scholarships include a one-week all-inclusive artist residency at Pearl Studio, known as the Pearl Studio Artists in Residence Program. Additionally, scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to be mentored by an industry professional who worked with Wells during her lifetime.
Read the full news release on the UCLA TFT website.