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The Harold Ramis Film School (“HRFS”) at The Second City today announced a partnership with NBC to create the Emerging Voices Scholarship that will awarded up to four students from diverse backgrounds to study in Chicago.

Eligible candidates for the Emerging Voices Scholarship must have a high school diploma or GED and be at least 18 years old.

Applications for fall 2019 are due May 15. Accepted students who may be eligible for the Emerging Voices Scholarship and can submit their applications by June 15. To apply, visit the HRFS website.

“For three years, HRFS has been teaching and mentoring students as they begin or build upon their careers in film.  To be able to offer students the opportunity to study here and lessen the financial pressure is paramount to the success of this school. We’re so thankful to NBC for supporting our initiatives and the voices we believe are the future of comedic entertainment,” says HRFS Chair Trevor Albert.

“As the home of classic hit comedies such as The Office, The Golden Girls, Parks and Recreation and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and an industry leader in developing underrepresented talent through our pipeline programs, NBC has launched the careers of many of today’s beloved comedic talent in front and behind the camera. So it was a natural expansion of our longstanding relationship with The Second City to create this new scholarship for aspiring diverse comedic filmmakers at the Harold Ramis Film School. Our shared goal is to continue to give opportunities to underrepresented talent so they can be among the next generation of comedy greats,” said Karen Horne, Senior Vice President, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.

More than 200 students have graduated from HRFS since it opened in 2016.