MCFC Selects Jasmyn Ramirez as $2,000 Film Student Scholarship Winner

Jasmyn Ramirez, a Cinematic Arts and Technology major at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), was named the 2023 winner of the $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program.

Spencer Garcia, another CSUMB student in the Cinematic Arts and Technology department, was awarded $750 as runner-up.

The scholarships will be used to help fund the students’ future Capstone film productions, expected to be screened at CSUMB in 2024.  Ramirez’s project is “When You Hear Hoofbeats,”  helping to shine a spotlight on rare cancers to broaden awareness.  Garcia plans a surreal experimental film, “Decadentillusions.”  

This year’s student scholarship committee chairperson was Tanya Olson, a member of the Monterey County Film Commission’s board of directors.  “We are thrilled to offer this film scholarship to our next generation of filmmakers attending college in Monterey County,” Olson said. “Because of the community’s continued generosity, we are working towards offering more  scholarships in support of future filmmakers.”

The Monterey County Film Commission’s scholarship program was created in 2008 to provide funding and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers enrolled in a college or university here.  The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County. 

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program were made by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, Dino Cocalis, Honest Engine Films, and numerous local businesses and individuals. Additional donations are welcomed.

For more information, contact the Monterey County Film Commission at or call 831-646-0910.

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