Sidney Sheldon Scholarship awarded

Grad student Kelly Fullerton gets screenwriting honor

Kelly Fullerton, a graduate screenwriting student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, has been named the recipient of this year's Sidney Sheldon Scholarship Award for Screenwriting.

The award was presented on June 6 by Robert Rosen, dean of the school, at UCLA's James Bridges Theater during an event featuring student film screenings from the UCLA Festival of New Creative Work.

Fullerton was recognized for "Always a Bridesmaid," a romantic comedy about a girl who is tired of standing in the shadow of her married friends and decides to throw herself the wedding of a lifetime, sans groom.

With the intention of encouraging young writers, the late Sidney Sheldon established the annual award in 2004. In 2006, he donated his literary papers to the UCLA Arts Library Special Collections.

In addition to "Always a Bridesmaid," Fullerton has written the romantic comedies "29" and "Quality Start." As part of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's recently established showrunner concentration, she's created two television pilots, "Bliss" and "Maudlin." Her stage plays include "The Wick Effect" and "Parachutes."