The National Board of Review (NBR) has awarded $3,000 grants for the 2008-2009 school year to three Purchase College Film students, Aleksandra Gezentsvey, Miranda Rhyne, and Andrew Spieler.
The NBR grants are awarded annually, and Purchase College has been a recipient since 2004. In addition to the grant, the students receive lifetime passes to all screenings and festivals in New York City.
In order to qualify, students submit short films and the winners are awarded anywhere from $500 to $5,000 for their accomplishments in film. In addition to Purchase College, Brooklyn College, City College, Columbia University, Ghetto Film School, Hunter College, Ithaca College, New York University, School of Visual Arts, and Wesleyan University are participants in the grant program.