Hollywood gathered to salute powerful performances and talented industry leaders, December 6th. Belmont mentees Mey Sok and Ana Sotomayor were recognized for their work and received a 10,000 dollar scholarship to a university of their choice. “It came as a surprise,” said Sotomayor. “After I heard the news, I felt ecstatic that an organization was willing to fund my dreams of going to college. I’m very appreciative of the program and the support they have given me during the two years of participation.”
Much to the surprise of recent graduate Carla Arellano, she was awarded the first annual full-ride Wonder Woman scholarship to Loyola Marymount University where she is currently a freshman. Gal Gadot, the star of Wonder Woman, and singing sensation Justin Timberlake presented Arellano with the honor as the star-studded crowd gave her a standing ovation. Warner Brothers and LMU provided this generous scholarship.
Second-year photography student Mhret Gebremiceal was immersed into the world of red carpet reporting, interviewing stars from This Is Us and Once Upon a Time, in addition to Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the hit shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. Gebremiceal also spoke to co-founder and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg and acclaimed actress Glenn Close. “It was overwhelming in a good way,” said Gebremiceal. “I was honored to meet people I’ve admired for so long and I was excited to represent Belmont alongside People Magazine, InStyle, Glamour, and E! Entertainment News.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman opened the ceremony, Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, and the highlight of the morning was Hollywood’s generosity to the inner city students in the mentoring program.
“I feel honored that the Women in Entertainment program has helped me have easier access to higher education,” said Mey Sok. “I know that I will always have support from not only the girls in my program, but from Jenny Vasquez and my mentor Sarah Bremner. Ana Sotomayor feels an equal sense of appreciation. “Even though the mentorship is over, I still feel like I gained a big sister for an entire lifetime.”
Look for follow up interviews with the stars of Hollywood and Belmont in an upcoming post.
RED CARPET REPORTING BY MHRET GEBREMICEAL