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.
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:
Essays should be 750 and 1000 words, double spaced, 12pt. Times New Roman, with 1 inch margins. Essays should be submitted as a Word document, to Lauren Palius at email@example.com by Sunday, March 17 at 11:00 p.m. EST.
These merit based awards will be judged by a committee of Syracuse University Professors. Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
Awards (up to):
ONE GOLD $2,000 SCHOLARSHIPS
ONE SILVER $1,500 SCHOLARSHIPS
THREE BRONZE $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Shelly Sipley email@example.com 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, Assistant Director of the SULA Semester at (818) 561-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any 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.