The Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS) and its partners have offered scholarships to international students, and produced scholarship award reception at the American Film Institute and charity fashion show at Universal City Hollywood.
Computer Graphics and Animation 2016 Scholarship $1,000
Cosponsored by the Institute for Education, Research, and Scholarships (IFERS) and scholarship award by the Science and Engineering Research Support soCiety (SERSC), the best presentation/poster received $1,000 in scholarship. Congratulations to Esteban Gil Martinez from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education for winning the best poster presentation "Machine Learning in Video Games."
International Student Scholarship Awards $15,000
Co-sponsored by the American Film Institute (AFI) and in association with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Computers in Entertainment, IFERS presented the $15,000 Scholarship Awards on behalf of NUS Mixed Reality Lab to three international students at the AFI in Hollywood, California, on November 4, 2006, with special guest appearances of and keynotes by music legend Quincy Jones and ACM Fellow Dr. Alan Kay. The one-of-a-kind silent auction included one-hour individual brainstorming sessions with the legendary and visionary leaders Dr. Alan Kay (Viewpoints Research Institute), Seamus Blackley (co-inventor of Microsoft Xbox), and Seymour Papert (MIT Media Lab).
Models Around the World
On July 7, 2008 at Universal City Hollywood with special host Masiela Lusha (best known for her role in "The George Lopez Show" on ABC), IFERS executive produced the 2008 "Models Around the World" men, women, and children's fashion show to provide scholarships for high achieving students in the world as well as the children of the Boys and Girls Club.
IFERS president Newton Lee was a co-producer and co-director of the 1999 and 2000 Miss Burbank and Miss Teen Burbank scholarship pageants with guest appearance of Debbie Reynolds (best known for her lead role in Singin' in the Rain and mother of Carrie Fisher - Princess Leia in Star Wars). He was also a judge at a Miss Malibu scholarship pageant and a Miss Greater Los Angeles scholarship pageant.
Inspirational scholarships are awarded to individuals who are inspiring themselves and others to make a positive difference in the world. A 19-year-old nursing student received financial support to go to Africa to help with the AIDS victims there. Vincennes University student and scholarship recipient Janelle Rawles said it best in describing what her scholarship support meant to her when she stated in her thank you note: "I greatly appreciate your generosity...this scholarship comes at very opportune time. It helps to relieve some of the financial strain in our household, and for that my family and I are truly grateful!"