The 2020 James Conklin Memorial Scholarship will be different in 2020. This year we are breaking up the $6,000 usually awarded to two individuals into $500 stipends to help aid those affected by layoffs and theater closures due to COVID-19.
The James Conklin Memorial Scholarship typically awards $3,000 to two applicants to be used towards their completion of the iO Summer Intensive. Due to COVID-19, iO and other theaters have closed their doors indefinitely and travel restrictions would restrict a good amount of our applicant pool. Because of this, we will not be awarding two individuals with our typical scholarships in 2020. Instead, we will be dividing up the $6,000 we typically split between two recipients into $500 stipends for 12 individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 layoffs in the Chicago comedy community.
Typically awarding our scholarship funds is a relatively easy and positive experience because we can make value decisions -- usually two video submissions are better than the rest and those are the applicants who are chosen. We all feel a little uncomfortable with making a value decision on individuals who are in true need during this crisis -- not being able to afford basic human necessities is much different than wanting to attend a summer of improv classes. Because of this we want YOU to nominate someone in our community who you know needs a little extra help to get through this time and whose character you can speak to.
Who Qualifies: -Must be a Chicago resident. -Any performer or staff member who has been affected by the closure of iO, Second City, Annoyance, or CIC. We are choosing to help folks associated with these four theaters because James was involved at these theaters.
What You Do: -Think of someone in need and fill out the form below before April 1st! -You may submit multiple responses.
We will be contacting the recipients ASAP. Additionally, because many members of the JCMS board are also members of the Chicago Comedy community and will likely know many of the nominated individuals, James's parents Mike and Deb will be choosing recipients based on the content of individual nominations and/or the volume of nominations for a specific individual. Once selected recipients will be sent their $500 through Zelle or Venmo and may choose to collect the lump sum or set up a weekly payment plan.
The JCMS board will select two individuals who will each be awarded $3,000 to go towards tuition, travel, and room/board for the 2020 iO Summer Intensive.
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Videos must be 3-5 minutes long. Videos longer than 5 minutes will not be accepted. Videos meant for general submissions or videos that are clearly intended for other applications will not be considered.
Videos should reflect your comedy and personality. No talking heads.
Late applications will not be accepted.
You must be 18+ to apply. The iO Summer Intensive is an 18+ program.
Your recommendation letter should come from someone who has helped you on your comedy journey and who can speak to your personality and passion. It's completely acceptable if this person is a friend and/or family member who can speak to you experience/character.
If you have any questions about the 2020 James Conklin Memorial Scholarship, please email email@example.com.
We want to see you having fun in your own way! We want to know what you think is funny, not what you think we would think is funny.
We see a lot of videos, stand out by showcasing your personality or writing.