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2023 Avon Scholarship Awards Essay Contest

The Avon Theatre Film Center is proud to announce our 14th Annual Scholarship Awards Essay Contest.

Seniors in public and private high schools in Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County, NY are invited to submit a 500 – 750 word essay on “FILM MATTERS”. Students are asked to write about a film released in 2022 or 2023. The genre can be a feature film, foreign or animated film, or a documentary that you saw in a theater or online.

Please answer the following questions in your essay. How did the film impact you personally? Did the film…
1) change your mind about something?
2) inspire you?
3) make you feel seen or accepted?

We are no longer accepting essay submissions. 

A total of $8,500 in college scholarship prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the Avon Theatre in Mid-May. Each winner will receive a check made out to the college they will attend in Fall 2023.

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $1,000
Honorable Mentions: $500 - Eight students will receive a prize of $500 each. 

The essays will each be read by at least two judges from a panel of professional journalists, published authors, filmmakers, and educators. The Avon Scholarship Essay Contest is sponsored by the Avon Film Education Initiative, which promotes film literacy by supporting teacher and student attendance at the Avon and by granting scholarships to high school seniors. Through its diverse offerings of independent, foreign, documentary, and historical films, the Avon is committed to instilling a life-long appreciation of the art and significance of film.

For further information, please contact:
Louisa Greene, Avon Director of Development & Marketing
203-550-2697 or lgreene@avontheatre.org

Avon Scholarship Awards 2022 Winners

The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 13th Annual Avon Scholarship Essay Contest, “Why Film Matters”. The contest was open to high school seniors in both public and private schools throughout Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Prizes totaling $8,500 were awarded in June 2022 to eleven talented high school seniors. The Avon congratulates them on their poignant essays and wishes them much success.

First Place ($2,000)

Film: The Fallout

Ava Kathleen Schmoelzer

Stamford High 

Mount Holyoke College 

Click here to read their essay 

Second Place ($1,500)

Film: King Richard 

Jada Brown

Westhill High 

UCONN - Storrs, School of Pharmacy 

Click here to read their essay 

Third Place ($1,000)

Film: Judas and the Black Messiah 

Olivia Conte

Westhill High 

Villanova University 

Click here to read their essay 

Eight Honorable Mention prizes of $500 each were awarded to:

Lance Paglinawan Uymatiao, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) - University of Maryland – College Park
Aiyanna Ojukwu, Greenwich Academy - Harvard University
Benjamin Fertig, Greenwich High - Parsons School of Design
Jovanny Ruiz, Westhill High - University of South Florida
Kaitlyn Pepa, Stamford High - Temple University
Aidan Skrinski, Westhill High - Fairfield University
Arjun Anand, Westhill High - Dartmouth College 
Yesenia Geffrard, Westhill High - UCONN - Storrs

Educator Membership


  • Full-time teachers working with students in grades 4 through 12 in public and private schools in Fairfield and Westchester counties


  • Free General Admission for Regular Screenings
  • Member Discounts on Monthly Film Series & Special Events
  • Free Admission on Your Birthday
  • Weekly Avon E-Blast with Movie Schedule & Reviews
  • Avon Film Catalogue to Enhance your Curriculum - available online


  • Discounts on Group Visits for Regular Screenings
  • Discounts on Group Visits for Private Screenings during School Hours


  • Online: Click Here
  • Call the Business Office: 203-661-0321
  • Visit the Box Office during showtimes
  • Mail the Educator Membership application to:  Avon Theatre, 8 Sound Shore Drive, Suite 140, Greenwich, CT  06830

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