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Jan Marino Scholarship

A scholarship to the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting for women over 45


SeriesFest is honored to partner with the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting for the fourth year on the Jan Marino Scholarship, designed to support women over 45 who are students in the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting program. Named to honor author Jan Marino, the mother of M.F.A. student Betsy Marino Leighton, the scholarship nurtures the power of strong, independent female storytelling in television and film.



The Stephens College Low-Residency M.F.A. in Television and Screenwriting is the first low-residency M.F.A. program to focus solely on television and screenwriting, and it carries a mission:  To increase the voices and impact of women in television and film.  

It is mentor based, and all of the faculty are working writers, including some of the most successful television and screenwriters in Hollywood. Students gather at the Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood for ten days of intensive workshops in early August, and again in January. During the semester they work one-on-one with mentors on-line. This flexibility makes the program available to those who are mid-career and have families - which defines many women over 45.  The Jan Marino Scholarship will open doors to a future for these emerging writers that may have seem permanently closed. 

Past Lecturers include:

  • Linda Woolverton (Beary and the Beast, Maleficient)
  • Winne Holzman (My So Called Life, Wicked)
  • Kevin Wilmott (BlackKklansman)
  • Allan Heinberg (Wonder Woman)
  • Jane Anderson (The Wife)
  • Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Kemp Powers (Soul)
  • Meg LeFauve (Inside/Out)



Scholarships will be awarded based upon need and writing samples which demonstrate an original voice and a desire to explore deeply emotional aspects of the human condition, just as Jan Marino did. To be eligible a person needs to apply to the MFA program and be accepted before the March 31st deadline each year



To be considered, you must apply to the Stephens College M.F.A. in Television and Film program.

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