Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Announces Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship Winner

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Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced today that New York University student Destiny Leann Lopez, Class of 2016, is the recipient of The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability $5000 Scholarship.

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It’s wonderful to read how students like Destiny express themselves in articulate and creative ways, and we are grateful that our partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation allows us to support tomorrow’s media professionals.

Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced today that New York University student Destiny Leann Lopez, Class of 2016, is the recipient of The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship.

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation engaged in a partnership with The Loreen Arbus Foundation to focus on the needs, achievements, contributions and stories of citizens with disabilities. In 2009, AWM created The Loreen Arbus Focus on Disability Scholarship to be given to aspiring student television and filmmakers.

This year’s theme is A Different Lens. Ms. Lopez submitted a creative writing piece entitled “An Encouraging Burden: A Personal Perspective on Discovering and Living with Hearing Loss,” focusing on the challenges and triumphs that come with living with a disability.

“We are delighted to recognize Destiny Lopez for sharing her personal story about living with hearing loss,” said Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair Kay Olin. “It’s wonderful to read how students like Destiny express themselves in articulate and creative ways, and we are grateful that our partnership with the Loreen Arbus Foundation allows us to support tomorrow’s media professionals.”

“An Encouraging Burden” has been posted to the Alliance for Women in Media website. The article will be prominently displayed on the organization’s web site and social media outlets.

About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.

About the Loreen Arbus Foundation: The Loreen Arbus Foundation supports a broad scope of interests including advocacy for women and girls, scientific and medical research, minorities, people with disabilities, gender and racial equality in media, the arts, animal rights, and global peace. The Foundation has established and funds many scholarships that enhance and elevate social consciousness. Loreen Arbus, currently the President of The Loreen Arbus Foundation, sits on over a dozen non-profit boards. She received The Heart of Giving Award presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and was named one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. Ms. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). She is the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy Award. Ms. Arbus is a member of the Writers Guild, Producers Guild, the Authors Guild and SAG-AFTRA.

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