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The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation – LA Semester Entertainment Excellence Award provides financial support for outstanding students in the Syracuse University LA Semester program.

Spring 2017 Application

Students are responsible for securing and viewing a Jack Oakie or Victoria Horne Oakie film of their choice. A Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie filmography can found here.

Students should write an essay which includes the following:

  • A synopsis of the film
  • A critique of the film
  • An evaluation of the contributions Jack Oakie or Victoria Horne Oakie’s character makes to the film or its themes

Essays should be 3 to 3 ½ double spaced pages, in 12pt. Times New Roman, with 1 inch margins. Essays should be submitted as a Word document, to Lauren Palius at by TBA

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be accepted for and attend the LA semester program for the application semester
  • Must be in good academic and University standing
  • Must fulfill all the requirements for the Award and application process
  • Students of all disciplines may apply


  • (up to) FOUR  $1,750 Jack Oakie “It’s all in Fun” Awards

The merit based Awards will be awarded to most outstanding essays, as deemed by a committee of Syracuse University Professors.  Essays that show an obvious lack of proof reading or evidence of plagiarism will be disqualified. 

Award is received via the awardees’ Syracuse University Bursar account. NOTE: The acceptance of this award may impact a student’s existing financial aid package. Students may contact Patricia Johnson or Shelly Sipley in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Programs to determine if acceptance of this scholarship will have any impact on their account.

Please contact Lauren Palius at (818) 561-7377 or with questions.

The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation’s mission is to follow through with the late Jack Oakie’s wish, “Give the money to the kids,” by underwriting lectures on comedy and scholarships for deserving film and theater students at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country.

Both Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie were active participants in and during the famous Golden Age of Hollywood. Jack Oakie came to Hollywood in 1927. His career by that time already included vaudeville, Broadway musicals and appearances in New York films. In Hollywood, he made 87 pictures, mostly comedies or musical comedies, over which period he perfected his trademark comic triple-take. His career included such films as “Once in a Lifetime,” “Million Dollar Legs” and “It Happened Tomorrow.” Oakie received an Academy Award nomination in the supporting role category for his satirical portrait of a Mussolini-like head of state in 1940’s “The Great Dictator.” Victoria Horne Oakie was an American character-actress, appearing in 49 films (uncredited in 25 of these) during the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the films in which she appeared included Blue Skies (1946), Forever Amber (1947, uncredited), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949), and Harvey (1950). Jack Oakie died in 1978 and his wife, Victoria Horne, died in 2003.  Between them, they acted in more than 122 films over a 60-year period.  Their contributions to acting and comedy can now be passed on to a new generation with the help of their Foundation scholarships.