The College of the Canyons School of Visual and Performing Arts will host the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Scholarship Event at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
For nearly two decades, the Oakie Foundation has generously provided funds to COC students who aspire to a career in the arts. Legendary comedian Jack Oakie and his wife, esteemed actress Victoria Horne Oakie, have ensured their legacy lives on by providing future generations of aspiring actors, filmmakers and entertainers with the resources to realize their educational potential. and artistic.
“We are thrilled to be hosting this event at PAC this year, welcoming students to our main stage to learn from Emmy Award-winning comedian, actor, producer, author, writer and historian of comedy Wayne Federman,” said Jennifer Smolos Steele, Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and Artistic Director of PAC. “As a cultural and educational institution, the Oakie Scholarship event is an exceptional opportunity for our students to gain insight into working professionals while simultaneously applying for scholarships to pursue their artistic aspirations.”
The 10 merit-based scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, are available to currently enrolled COC students who meet the eligibility criteria and submit a completed application by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 14. Interested students should attend the October 25 event at PAC. in order to apply.
“His credo was ‘Give the money to the kids’ and that’s what we’re doing, because that’s what Jack wanted,” said David Sonne, trustee of the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation. The Foundation provides funds to students at USC, Syracuse University, and College of the Canyons.