Capilano University enhancing student success with $30,000 award from Atomic Cartoons

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Tag(s): Awards & Accolades, Fine & Applied Arts, Future Students

NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Capilano University is pleased to announce a new $30,000 grant from Atomic Cartoons, the Kids and Family division of Thunderbird Entertainment Group, to support student access to the University’s 2D/3D animation programs.

Starting this year, Canadian high school students can apply for the new Atomic Cartoons Entrance Scholarship.  The University will award two incoming students entering CapU’s 2D Animation & Visual Development and 3D Animation for Film & Game programs with an award of $5,000 each towards their program tuition.  This financial award benefits CapU students pursuing careers in B.C.’s booming creative economy. 

“This is a very meaningful contribution from Atomic—it underscores their position as an industry leader in animated content production, workplace culture, and their commitment to our community,” says Ted Gervan, Dean of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano University. “Atomic recognizes that talent development starts in high school and this entrance award helps raise awareness of post-secondary training opportunities and careers in B.C.’s growing knowledge economy.”

Thunderbird Entertainment is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company that creates, produces and distributes award-winning animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions: Thunderbird Kids and Family (Atomic Cartoons), Thunderbird Factual (Great Pacific Media) and Thunderbird Productions.

"The incredible talent at our company is our greatest asset and we firmly believe in continuing to build top talent within Canada,” says Jennifer McCarron, CEO of Thunderbird Entertainment. “We are honoured to be working with CapU and are firmly committed to supporting students who are preparing to join the burgeoning arts and entertainment industry.”

About Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University enrols more than 10,150 students each year and offers 95 programs, including bachelor's degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

About Thunderbird Entertainment Group Inc.

Thunderbird Entertainment Group (TSX-V: TBRD) is a Vancouver-based global multiplatform entertainment company with offices in Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto, Ottawa and London. Thunderbird creates award-winning scripted, unscripted and animated programming for the world’s leading digital platforms, as well as Canadian and International broadcasters. Thunderbird’s vision is to produce high quality, socially responsible content that makes the world a better place.  The Company develops, produces and distributes animated, factual and scripted content through its various divisions, including Thunderbird Kids and Family (Atomic Cartoons), Thunderbird Factual (Great Pacific Media) and Thunderbird Productions. Thunderbird also has a division based in the United Kingdom dedicated to establishing partnerships with production companies to develop the Company’s intellectual property and growth in key international territories. Thunderbird is on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @tbirdent. For more information, visit: www.thunderbird.tv

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Linda Munro
Senior Communications Officer
Capilano University
t: 604.983.7596
c: 604.220. 8937
e: mediarelations@capilanou.ca

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