Congratulations to the 2017 Koerner Camera Systems Scholarship Recipients
Author: School of Film
Posted: October 4, 2017

Congratulations to Emma Josephson and Spencer Mayhew, the 2017-2018 recipients of the Koerner Camera Systems Scholarships in the Portland State University School of Film! Through the generous support of Koerner Camera Systems, two $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to Film Majors with an interest in cinematography. This is the third year that the scholarships have been awarded. Additionally, Koerner Camera Systems offers internships to School of Film students, and in Summer 2017, both Emma and Spencer benefitted from this opportunity.

For Emma, “Knowing that the people at Koerner want to invest in the film students here at Portland State really motivates me and gives me a lot of confidence as a young filmmaker in my journey of navigating this industry. Receiving this scholarship has helped me focus more on developing and producing my own content…Being able to work side by side with people who have been the industry for years…is truly one of the best experiences I could have as a film student.”

Similarly, Spencer notes the tremendous value of the scholarship and his internship experience: “This scholarship [allows] me to focus on my studies rather than stressing about financial issues, while the internship increased my knowledge and…allowed me to build relationships with people in the industry. For that, I'm very grateful!” 

The ongoing support of Koerner Camera Systems is a vital and foundational contribution to student success in the School of Film. Assistant Professor Courtney Hermann expresses gratitude on behalf of the School of Film, “The Koerner Camera Systems scholarships offer needed financial support to worthy School of Film students and implicitly recommends these students for future academic and professional opportunities. The internship program provides a unique training opportunity as interns interact with state-of-the-art camera technology in an environment that draws professionals working in a diverse set of media production environments. The PSU School of Film is proud to represent the values of Koerner Camera Systems as an engaged and dedicated member of the media production community in the Pacific Northwest.”