CAA Launches Scholarships, Mentoring Program for Diversity

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Yara Shahidi in 2018 at an event at L.A.'s Toms headquarters hosted by Eighteenx18, a platform she founded that's dedicated to engaging the next generation to vote. 

The CAA Scholars initiative will offer multi-year scholarships, fellowships and mentorship to support a diverse group of promising students.

Creative Artists Agency is strengthening its diversity and inclusion efforts by launching CAA Scholars to support a diverse group of worthy students eyeing college, university or trade educations.

The program aiming at systemic social change is supported by the CAA Foundation Community Fund, an employee giving program, that will offer multi-year scholarships, fellowships, year-round programming and mentorship.

"From supporting our partner public schools to volunteering in reading and mentor programs, investing in students has always been a core pillar of our work,” Natalie Tran, executive director of the CAA Foundation, said in a statement.

CAA has partnered with College Track, Step Up, UNCF, Hispanic Federation, Brotherhood Crusade, and Point Foundation to identify ten scholars in the inaugural year of the program.
Possible recipients will be judged for their diversity of experience, geography, race, ethnicity, gender and identity.

The first cohort of CAA Scholars includes students attending such universities as Fordham University, Humboldt State University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Southern University A&M, Baton Rouge UCLA, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and the University of Southern California, among others. CAA employees are contributing to the program.

The Hollywood talent agency elsewhere has been recruiting at historically black colleges, those with high Latino populations and women’s colleges, with a focus on providing access to opportunity and ensuring greater diversity and inclusion.