PLEASE NOTE: The current deadline for submissions for the Summer 2018 quarter is May 15th, 2018.
It’s a tired cliche` that “you can’t be a comic without pain”; that we’re just a community of outsiders, forever watching and commenting on society without being a part of it. The word that often gets overlooked in that generalization though is community. Comedy IS a community; a tightly-knit group of people, banded together by the common experience of trying to find humor in… well, the “common experience”. Laughter is cathartic; every time we laugh at the darkness, it seems to get a little lighter.
On December 5th, 2014, Flappers comedian Alvin Shin succumbed in his battle with depression… and we lost a bit of that light. All of us in the Flappers family were deeply saddened by the loss of such a bright young comedic voice, and it is in his memory that we are proud to announce the creation of the Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship.
Alvin was driven by a hunger for knowledge when it came to comedy; as a student in our Flappers University program, he was forever asking questions and striving to become a well-informed comedian. It is in Alvin’s spirit that we dedicate this scholarship, and will seek out like-minded individuals to help on their educational path. Once per calendar quarter, a full scholarship will be awarded by Flappers University to a comedian to be used towards a 6-week class in stand-up comedy (any level). Flappers Comedy Club and Flappers University staff will evaluate candidate submissions on the following criteria:
- Financial need
- Desire to learn
- Comedic potential
- Participation within the Flappers comedy community
To submit for consideration for the Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Alvin Shin Memorial Scholarship”. Tell us why you feel you would benefit from this scholarship – or nominate a friend!.
And, simply because it would have made Alvin laugh… we’ll give extra consideration to any comic who’s dropped out of medical school. Our favorite Alvin joke:
“I didn’t drop out of medical school – I got KICKED OUT of medical school. I wish I’d dropped out… because ‘dropped out’ sounds so much more alpha. ‘Getting kicked out’ doesn’t even use an active verb!” – Alvin Shin