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LIPA students gets BAFTA scholarship

Wednesday 20 September 2017

LIPA students gets BAFTA scholarship
Sade Malone, who’s just started her third year, will receive financial support along with one-to-one mentoring with a BAFTA member and free access to all BAFTA events. “When I found out I had been awarded the scholarship I was over the moon. I felt such a sense of pride and it makes me really excited for whatever comes next.”

The 20 year old is one of just three actors to receive the award. The BAFTA Scholarship scheme selects talented students and aims to help them financially while they’re training and give them the chance to build lasting relationships with leading industry figures.

“The award means a lot to me on many different levels; to be nominated as a candidate by LIPA in the first place was a massive honour.

“It also means I can now fully concentrate on my final and most important year without having to worry about financial pressures.”

Important as the financial help is, Sade believes other elements of the award could be more beneficial long-term. “The mentoring aspect of the scholarship is very exciting. Getting guidance and advice from someone who’s work you admire is the sort of opportunity aspiring actors dream of.”

It’s not the first time a LIPA student’s received a BAFTA Scholarship. In 2015, the first year the scheme was open to actors, Jurell Carter was selected and was paired with actor, director and writer Noel Clarke as his mentor.

Sade believes her training so far at LIPA helped her stand out from other scholarship applicants. “LIPA is such a brilliant place. It creates unique performers by encouraging you to be yourself, which I think goes a long way in this industry.”

BAFTA awarded a total of 39 scholarships this year, 15 of them to UK based students.