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    SULA announces two new scholarships

    man reading scholarship announcementSyracuse University Los Angeles (SULA) has announced two new scholarships in its continuing effort to help students seeking careers in film and television. SULA, in conjuntion with the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation, recently hosted a special event to announce the formation of the Victoria Horne Oakie Double Take Award in memory of SULA publicist, Patty Freedman, and the It’s All in Fun Award in memory of Pamela Sonne, wife of David Sonne, Oakie Foundation Trustee. 

    Joan Adler, Syracuse Assistant Vice President of Regional Programs in Los Angeles, thanked Sonne, adding “Syracuse University Los Angeles is incredibly thankful to The Oakie Foundation for helping students pursue their dreams of studying and working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.”  

    Another highlight of the event, which is held annually to celebrate the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation’s commitment to Syracuse University, was a special screening of the NBC comedy "Trial and Error."

    The screening was followed by a discussion with two of the series’ writers and SU alumni, Craig Gerard and Matt Zinman.  Gerard and Zinman have become two of the most sought-after comedy writers in the television industry. Also joining the panel was actor Nicholas D’Agosto, who plays city lawyer Josh Segal on the sitcom. The panel was moderated by SU alum Danny Zuker (Executive Producer/Writer of Modern Family). The screening and panel discussion provided a wealth of information and advice for current students seeking a career in film and television and lots of comic relief among Syracuse University alumni in the audience.

    The Oakie Foundation provides merit-based scholarships for those students who participate in the SULA semester, an academic and internship-based program.  Jack Oakie was a comic genius who received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for "The Great Dictator" with Charlie Chaplin. In a career that spanned four decades, he made 87 films, plus numerous TV and theatre appearances.

    In presenting the scholarships, Sonne said, “this will ensure that more laughter and Jack Oakie’s mission of giving ‘money to the kids’ through lectures and scholarships for the next generation of film and theater students continues.”