LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2012) – A pair of graduating high school students from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), have been awarded scholarship-internship packages from Warner Bros. Studios, the company said.
The Burbank-based entertainment company announced recently that the winners would receive what’s known as an “honorship.” The students, who must demonstrate their passion for the business of entertainment, receive $10,000 scholarships, along with work experience at Warner Bros. during the summers they are enrolled in college.
The students also will have mentors to guide their interests, opportunities to build relationships with other professionals, and consideration for full-time positions after completing their degrees, the company said.
“The ‘Reach’ program allows us to tap into the talent in our local community,” said Michael Walbrecht, vice president, Public Affairs, Warner Bros. Entertainment. “We are committed to the professional development and career success of our Reach recipients, and the internships provide them with the unique opportunity to gain practical experience within multiple departments at Warner Bros. while honing crucial business skills and building relationships with industry professionals.”
Warner’s recruitment efforts were aided by Pillar, a partnership between the District and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce that connects high schools to industry partners.
The Los Angeles County Reach was awarded to Kashawn Campbell of Thomas Jefferson High School, and Jacqueline Gunning of Champs Charter High School, both of whom graduated from District schools. Campbell, the second recipient in as many years from Jefferson, will attend the University of California at Berkeley. Gunning was accepted into the honors program at California State University, Chico.