The Jack Oakie Scholarship

Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation

Jack Oakie application packets are available via the link below, or are available in PCOH 112 (Visual and Performing Arts Office). Deadline to submit is Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Applications must be submitted to the Visual & Performing Arts Office in PCOH 112 by that deadline. The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation has awarded the School of Visual and Performing Arts at College of the Canyons $10,000 per year which will be distributed to as many as ten COC students as scholarship/trust awards in the amount of $1,000 each (non-renewable). These awards, generally merit-based on an applicants COC academic record, COC artistic achievement, and written critical review (see below) will be awarded to students studying Performing Arts (Theatre, Dance, or Music) or VisualArts (Animation, Art, Graphic and Multi Media Design, Photography, or Radio/Television/Film). Scholarship money is designated for expenses related to applicants studies.

Completed applications (including the one to two page critical review) must be submitted to the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts Pico Hall Rm. 225, or to the Visual and Performing Arts Office in Pico Hall 112 no later than Wednesday, November 21, 2018at 5:00 p.m.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must attend the Jack Oakie Film Event to be eligible for the scholarship (NEW REQUIREMENT FALL 2016 -- see details below)
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled as a student at College of the Canyons.
  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in or have successfully completed a COC Visual or Performing Arts course within the past 12 months.
  • Applicant must attend the entire Jack Oakie Film Event and submit a one page typed critical review. (Please review the helpful hints for completing the Jack Oakie/Victoria Horne Oakie Critical Review included in the scholarship packet)


1. Scholarship applicants will attend the Jack Oakie Lecture and Film Event on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 5:00 pm in Mentry Hall 305. Prior to the Deadline they will also submit a one to two page typed analytical review that will include the following: A. a brief synopsis of the film and B. a critical analysis of what the applicant might have done similarly or differently had he/she been the screenwriter, director, specific actor, etc. The submitted copy of the critique will not be returned. Students can apply for the following scholarships:

  1. The Jack Oakie Award for Excellence in Comedy Script or Screenwriting
  2. The Jack Oakie Award for Excellence in Comedy Film Direction
  3. The Jack Oakie Its All in Fun Award for Excellence in Film or Theatre Comedy
  4. The Jack Oakie Double Take Award
  5. The Jack Oakie Its All In Fun Award for Excellence in: Comedy Acting (Film or Theatre) or Comedic Improvisation
  6. The "Benzino Napalioni" Award for excellence in Comedy (In honor of Jack Oakie)
  7. The Myrtle Mae Award for Excellence in Film or Stage Performance (In honor of Victoria Horne Oakie)
  8. The Victoria Horne Oakie Albuquerque Award for Excellence in Comedic Script or Screenwriting
  9. The Carmen Cortez Dominguez Award for Excellence in Entertainment Communication (In honor of Victoria Horne Oakie)
  10. The Victoria Horne Oakie Award for Making People Smile Through Cinema (In memory of Pamela Sonne)

About Jack Oakie

Jack Oakie came to Hollywood in 1927. His career by that time already included vaudeville, Broadway musicals and appearances in New York films. In Hollywood, he made 87 pictures, mostly comedies or musical comedies, over which period he perfected his trademark comic triple-take. His career included such films as "Once in a Lifetime," "Million Dollar Legs" and "It Happened Tomorrow." Oakie received an Academy Award nomination in the supporting role category for his satirical portrait of a Mussolini-like head of state in 1940's "The Great Dictator." Victoria Horne Oakie was an American character-actress, appearing in 49 films (uncredited in 25 of these) during the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the films in which she appeared included Blue Skies (1946), Forever Amber (1947, uncredited), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949), and Harvey (1950). Jack Oakie died in 1978 and his wife, Victoria Horne, died in 2003.

For more information about the scholarships, please contact the Visual and Performing Arts Department at 661-362-5013, or stop by Pico Hall Room 112.