This year's recipients of the Mavis and Sidney John Palmer Scholarships are Jess Wiegandt, Marissa Woods, and Jessica Marcy.
Jess Wiegandt is pursuing her MFA in Environmental and Wildlife Filmmaking and is eager to bring her enthusiasm for nature and protection of the planet to a wider audience. Jess grew up with environmentalist parents who instilled a passion for wildlife and wildlands from a young age and she hopes to combine her degree in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education with her studies at American University to pair science education with engaging content. She is a graduate assistant and editor for the Center For Environmental Filmmaking’s monthly newsletter.
Marissa Woods is a third year MFA candidate studying Film and Media Arts with a concentration in Environmental and Wildlife filmmaking. Marissa is passionate about protecting the natural world and educating the community about the environment. Marissa hopes to apply the knowledge and skills she has attained during her career at American University toward the creation of engaging and inspiring media for diverse audiences, including children. She acted as Motion Graphics lead and Associate Producer for the Maryland Public Television program, After the Storm: Pollution in the Potomac, and is currently working on a video series with the National Park Service highlighting the importance of National Parks in the history of the natural sciences.
Jessica Marcy is a filmmaker with extensive experience in journalism and non-profit storytelling. She is currently in her final year of the MFA program in film at American University. She is passionate about telling stories about the environment and global social justice issues. She served as writer and producer for Maryland Public Television’s program “After the Storm: Pollution in the Potomac,” which won a Silver Telly Award in the Student General TV Division. The film tells the story of what happens when it rains in Washington, D.C., and raw sewage spills into the Potomac River. She is passionate about stories that connect people to the environment and plans to use the Palmer Scholarship to pursue her Capstone film. She also holds a master’s in journalism from Columbia University and a graduate certificate in documentary filmmaking from the George Washington University.
- 2019 Recipients
- Kathleen Gaeta, Beth Ebisch, Amelia Tyson, and Carlos Macher
- 2018 Recipients
- Robert Boyd, Mary Alice McMillan, Shannon Shikles, and Amelia Tyson
- 2017 Recipients
- Sirjaut Kaur Dhariwal and Crystal Solberg
- 2016 Recipients
- Ashley Holmes, Megan King, Kent Wagner and Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath
- 2015 Recipients
- Shayna Muller and Sam Sheline
- 2014 Recipients
- Vanina Harel, Marilyn Stone, Jamey Warner, and Nick Zachar
- 2013 Recipients
- Sarah Gulick and Erin Finicane