The late Burt Reynolds was a staunch supporter of The Palm Beaches Student Showcase of Films (SSOF) and a mentor of up-and-coming talent. Each year, the SSOF awards a Palm Beach County high school senior a scholarship bearing his name to help create a path for students seeking a career in the film and television industry. The SSOF will continue to honor excellence in filmmaking, as well as the legacy of Burt Reynolds, by providing scholarships in his name for years to come. The Sara Fuller Scholarship, sponsored by Film Florida, is awarded to the runner-up of the Burt Reynolds Scholarship.
After all the eligible applicants’ submissions are reviewed by a specially selected scholarship panel consisting of some of Mr. Reynold’s closest friends, the top finalists are picked up from school via limousine and driven in style to the beautiful 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. While all of this is happening, everything is being memorialized on video for a special presentation which will be shown at the live award show during the scholarship presentations. To make it as Burt Reynolds Scholarship Finalist, means something extra special exists in the student, something beyond exceptional talent alone!
Recipients of the Burt Reynolds and Sara Fuller Scholarships are announced at the SSOF Red Carpet Award Show held at Lynn University!
The Burt Reynolds Scholarship
Open to Palm Beach County High School Seniors.
$5,000 Award (Sara Fuller Scholarship - $1,000 Award)
Funds awarded in the student's name.
1. Complete the Online Application (CLOSED). 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:
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, community service hours and anything else that may set you apart from other applicants.
If applicable, include your letter of acceptance to a community college or four-year university or include the name of the school(s) you have applied to and why in your letter to Mr. Burt Reynolds.
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.
4. Upload a 5 minute compilation reel (a sampling of your work) via FilmFreeway. Note: This compilation reel will not be judged in any other category. You must submit as a separate submission if you wish to compete in another category.