Burt Reynolds was a great supporter of The Palm Beaches Student Showcase
of Films (SSOF) and enjoyed mentoring of up-and-coming talent.
Each year, a Palm Beach County high school senior is awarded a scholarship to assist
a student seeking a career in the film and television industry.
The Sara Fuller Scholarship, sponsored by Film Florida, is awarded
to the runner-up of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship.
After all eligible applicants’ submissions are reviewed by the scholarship panel, the top finalists are picked up from school via limousine and driven in style to the Jupiter Maltz Theatre - the official home of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship. Here they meet with the panel for the one-on-one interviews.
Finalists should be photo ready and prepared to talk about their body of work and their experience. Interview discussions are usually free and open, ranging from a student’s favorite director to their plans for college. The session is recorded on video for a special presentation which will be included in the award show.
Recipients of the Burt Reynolds and Sara Fuller Scholarships are announced during the Award Show.
The Burt Reynolds Scholarship
Open to Palm Beach County High School Seniors
($1,000 Award - Sara Fuller Scholarship)
Funds awarded in the student's name
1. Complete the Online Application. You will receive a corresponding signature page via email to print.
2. Obtain the proper signatures on the signature page and make a copy of your student I.D. Upload both documents through the website when submissions are officially open.
3. You will also need to compile the following supporting documents and upload them at the bottom of this page. These documents are assigned a point value toward your overall score, do not skip them!
A letter to the Burt Reynolds Scholarship Committee addressing why you would like to be considered, include your long term goals as they relate to the film, digital media & television industry and the need for the scholarship funds (this letter is from you, please write it yourself).
A letter of recommendation from your film, digital media or television instructor. This letter must include your GPA and community service hours and anything else that may set you apart from other applicants.
If applicable, include your letter of acceptance to a college or university or include the name of the school(s) you have applied to and why in your letter to the Scholarship Committee.
If your compilation reel does not include information about your role on each project please provide a one sheet that describes your position on each clip included on your 5-minute compilation reel. (BONUS POINTS)
4. Upload a 5 minute compilation reel (a sampling of your work: 10-20 POINTS) via FilmFreeway.
Note: This compilation reel will not be judged in any other category.