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Vijayawada girl gets Rs. 1.2-cr scholarship to pursue film-making

Ramesh Susarla
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Kolluru Puja Aparna shows her short film on protecting environment in Vijayawada on Sunday.—Photos. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
Kolluru Puja Aparna shows her short film on protecting environment in Vijayawada on Sunday.—Photos. Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Film-making is her passion and she could not have asked for more when she got an invitation from world’s one of the best schools for film-making for pursuing four-year Undergraduate Course in Digital Film-making with full scholarship at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota (Florida) in the U.S.

A student of United World College, Pune, Kolluru Puja Aparna has got a yearly scholarship of $56,000 and is the only one from India to get full scholarship to pursue the course. Daughter of a former photo journalist Kolluru Venkat from Vijayawada, she completed her International Baccalaureate at Pune and chose Film Studies as one of the electives.

Talking to The Hindu , Ms. Aparna said that she was interested in Cinematography and directing films and this had come as a God-sent opportunity for her as without this Rs.1.2 crore (in Indian currency) scholarship she could not have dreamt of entering such a college. What got her a seat in the college is her `Portfolio’ comprising photographs, short films and a 7-minute film Mad World. She had won an Rs.18 lakh scholarship even at the UWC Pune to pursue the Baccalaureate.

The scholarship amount comes from the UWC and U.S.-based Davis Scholarship. She got a seat also in the School of Art Institute, Chicago, considered the second best in the world for film-making, but got only part scholarship, so chose to join at Ringling from August 12.

“My exposure to some of the best movies in the world as part of course and learning Spanish as one of the languages has helped me look at movies and the world from a different angle. I prefer documentaries and wish to excel in them in future,” she said.


  • The scholarship amount comes from the UWC and US-based Davis Scholarship

  • Aparna prefers documentaries and wish to excel in them



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