Emma Stone, Simone Biles Surprise 3 Girls With Scholarships at THR's Women in Entertainment Breakfast
The 'La La Land' actress and the Olympian presented the scholarships at the brunch on Dec. 7.
Actress Emma Stone and Olympian Simone Biles took the stage Wednesday morning at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast to present college scholarships as a part of THR's 8-year-old WIE Mentorship program.
Four years ago, Loyola Marymount University and THR entered into a partnership to provide, annually, two full scholarships, each worth more than $200,000.
"Nine girls from the Mentorship Program are now at LMU in a unique sorority," explained Stone. "And LMU’s president, Tim Snyder, is committed to growing that even further."
Added the Oscar nominee: "Our scholarships would not be possible without the enormous generosity of the film and television industry." Past sponsors of scholarships have included ICM, WME, the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Lifetime.
The gold medal-winning gymnast first announced a scholarship from actor-producer Don Johnson, business manager Laura Lizer and executive producer-financier Chris Savino — who recently founded the production and finance entity company 1-2-3 Go! Entertainment.
Laura Bourne received the 1-2-3 Go! Entertainment scholarship and will attend LMU in the fall. "I am seeing my name on the card and I'm shaking. I want to thank Big Brother & Big Sisters and LMU for accepting me," said the teenager, through tears.
Stone then announced the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation Scholarship from the mega TV producer behind The Big Bang Theory and lead board member Trisha Cardoso.
Liliana Medina was the recipient of the scholarship and took the stage with her mentor Kelly Avery. Medina said: "To all the WIE mentees, you are all my inspiration and I can't imagine having a better group of friends."
After Medina left the stage, Stone said she had a surprise — a second scholarship from Lorre. Said the La La Land actress: "When Trisha told Chuck about the two finalists for his scholarship, he listened and said, 'These girls are amazing. We’re going to give both of them scholarships.'"
Biles announced Delia Corrales as the recipient of the second scholarship. Corrales accepted the scholarship with her mentor Nne Ebong, senior vp drama development at ABC studios.
A total of 105 girls and 105 mentors have taken part in the WIE Mentorship program, which has a nearly 100 percent rate of girls going on to attend college. With the current scholarships, THR has raised almost $4 million for education.