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2024 Avon Scholarship Awards Essay Contest

The deadline for this year's contest has now passed. Thank you to all who submitted entries, and we will be announcing the winners soon! 

The Avon Theatre Film Center proudly announces our 15th Annual Scholarship Awards Essay Contest. The deadline to submit an essay is May 23, 2024.

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 2023 or 2024. The genre can be a feature film, foreign or animated film, or a documentary you saw in a theater or online.

All entrants must be accepted into college and be enrolled full-time for the academic year 2024-2025. No gap year students are eligible.

Please answer the following questions when analyzing your film for your essay.

- How did the film impact you personally?
- Did the film change your mind about something?
- Did the film inspire you?
- Did the film make you feel seen or accepted?

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 classic films, the Avon is committed to instilling a life-long appreciation of the art and significance of film.

College scholarship prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at the Avon Theatre in early June 2024. Each winner will receive a check made out to the college they will attend in the Fall of 2024. All winners must submit their college student ID to be included on the check. 

First Place: $2,000 
Second Place: $1,500 
Third Place: $1,000 
Honorable Mention: $500 - Several prizes will be awarded

For further information, please contact:
Louisa Greene, Director of Development

Avon Scholarship Awards 2023 Winners

The Avon Theatre Film Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 14th Annual Avon Scholarship Essay Contest, “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 2023 to eleven talented high school seniors. The Avon congratulates them on their poignant essays and wishes them much success.

First Place ($2,000)

Film: A Thousand and One

Jhonni Dixon 

Sacred Heart Greenwich  

New York University 

Click here to read their essay 

Second Place ($1,500)

Film: The Batman

Sebastian Zucker-Malone 

Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE) 

Elon University  

Click here to read their essay 

Third Place ($1,000)

Film: Stutz

Kate Telesca 

Westhill High School 

Northeastern University 

Click here to read their essay

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

Sophia Kamensky, Port Chester High School - SUNY Purchase
Lance Bernstein, Greenwich High School - Tulane University
Brian Gall, St. Luke's School - Babson College
Caleigh Radzin, Greenwich High School- Oberlin College
Ashlei Nunez, Westhill High School - UCONN 
Taylor Newman, Stamford High School -  University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Arjun Kishore, Greenwich High School - University of Pennsylvania  
Gil Vadel, Academy of Infomation Technology & Engineering (AITE) - University of Maryland 

Educator Membership

Our Educator Membership Program is closed for the 2023/24 school year.  Our enrollment for Educator members will be open August 15, 2024 to October 30, 2024.


  • 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- available online
  • 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 


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

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