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Mt. Sentinel PM Academy students now eligible for more scholarships

Soon to be high school graduates are busily preparing post-secondary applications this spring, despite uncertainty regarding whether colleges and universities will offer in-person instruction next fall. However, one thing is for certain – there will be guaranteed new scholarship opportunities of up to $5000 for students interested in pursuing a career in the Digital Media Arts!

Mt. Sentinel Secondary is strengthening its ties with the creative industry and post-secondary programs in the province to further prepare their Academy PM students for success. Vancouver Film School (VFS) is now offering tuition scholarships for Mt. Sentinel Academy PM, Technology and Media Arts students that enrol in their programs. Students registering for Fall 2021 will automatically be offered this financial opportunity, for amounts of up to $5000.

This is a pilot project, initiated by teacher Danny Leeming who has been bringing students to tour the VFS facilities for the last several years as part of the Academy PM program. While the opportunity to visit the school in person has not been possible due to the pandemic, the partnership remains in place. “Our goal is one in the same as VFS,” explains Leeming, “We want to prepare our students for entry into the industry, and VFS programs are set up to provide a quick launch pad for them.”

Anthony Grieco, Head of Curriculum and Program Development at VFS affirms the benefits of the partnership stating, “When we see students coming from high schools with advanced, applied media programs and getting a head start in production, storytelling and software skills, they really thrive in our programs, ultimately benefitting their projects, graduating portfolios and overall student experience at VFS.”

The Vancouver Film School is a post-secondary private entertainment arts school located in Vancouver that offers 15 different media arts and creative technology programs, positioning their graduates to successfully begin a rewarding career in acting, animation, film, game, digital design and more.

VFS and Mt. Sentinel have also strengthened ties this year through professional development opportunities. Teachers at Mt. Sentinel have been invited to audit VFS courses remotely where space allows, providing technical and creative skills that can be passed onto Academy students. “We are always happy to lend our subject matter expertise to help high school teachers continue to learn from our industry professionals,” says Grieco. 

The Academy PM is a full semester intensive program that runs February through June. Interested students are encouraged to inquire with teacher Danny Leeming, or apply directly at


For more information:

Danny Leeming – Academy PM (Performance & Media), Mt. Sentinel Secondary School


About the Board of Education of School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake):

The Board of Education of School District No. 8 provides educational services to numerous diverse communities in the East & West Kootenays, including Crawford Bay, Creston, Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Nelson, Salmo, Slocan, South Slocan, Winlaw, Wynndel and Yahk. Its dedicated team focuses on providing the best possible educational opportunities for over 5,400 students and their families. Its mission is to focus on excellence for all learners in a nurturing environment.