Students taking film classes at Salt Lake Community College may be eligible for the Mark Davis Memorial Scholarship to assist them in their tuition.
“We awarded the scholarship to one student for 2018-2019, and one student for 2019-2020,” says Development Officer Laura Thomas.
Although Davis had 25 years of experience at rock climbing, he passed away from injuries sustained in a climbing accident in March 2016. His friends and family decided to keep his legacy alive through enriching students’ lives.
As a professor for the film technician program, Davis influenced many students with his creativity and inspiration to teach. He was willing to share the knowledge he had gained while working in the film industry as a grip and had great skills with camera work and lighting. He worked on several films, including some blockbusters such as Sam Raimi’s “Spiderman” and Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report.”
“After Mark’s passing, many people wanted to donate to his family to help out with their loss,” says Channing Lowe, an associate professor of film and a colleague of Davis. “Mark’s family preferred to direct the funds to the students at SLCC.”
To receive the scholarship, a student must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, completed their 1000 level classes, and be enrolled in a course that deals with film and the knowledge about producing it. They must also have their major listed as a Film Production Technician.
Instead of an essay in their application, a student must submit a two-minute reel showing their work.
If a student meets these requirements and is accepted, they may receive $500 per semester towards their tuition costs.
Applying for scholarships and waivers is time-sensitive and must be done months in advance.
To receive funding for Spring 2020, students must apply by Nov. 1, 2019. Incoming freshmen that would like funding for the 2020-2021 school year must apply for waivers before Feb. 1, 2020, while continuing students have until March 1, 2020.