Bobby Kashif Cox
Bobby Kashif Cox was an incredibly gifted storyteller. A lyrical writer with a capacity to capture intimate moments and turn them into poetry. In 2007, a few days before the semester began, Bobby received word that he had been accepted into Columbia University's MFA Film Program, his dream school. While it was only 23 miles away from his home in Far Rockaway, New York, the Morningside campus might as well have been light-years away for a 23-year-old Bobby Kashif Cox. But Bobby wasn't going to let a two-hour subway commute or the cost of tuition stop him from becoming a filmmaker. He had a passion; he had stories that needed telling; he was going to make it happen.
The Memorial Scholarship
Bobby sadly left us at the young age of 33 after a brave battle with cancer. Inspired by what would have been his 38th birthday, his classmates from Columbia University's School of the Arts have started a fundraising campaign to create the Bobby Kashif Cox Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship aims to provide financial assistance each year to a graduate screenwriting student from a historically underrepresented group in the film and television industry—one who reflects Bobby's humanity, creativity, and desire to push the boundaries of the cinematic arts. We know Bobby had great stories to tell. He has inspired us to create this scholarship in his legacy and to empower others like him to bring their powerful and valuable stories to the world.
“The shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story” Anthony de Mello
To endow this scholarship, Columbia University required us to raise a minimum of $100,000. While this goal has been met, we are continuing our fundraising efforts in order to increase the amount we can award each year. By giving a tax-deductible donation to this fund, you help our friend live on AND support future generations of emerging screenwriters. Please donate to the Bobby Kashif Cox Memorial Scholarship if you are able.
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Thanks To Our Supporters
It’s thanks to your generous support of the BKC Memorial Scholarship that we were able to give out this first award to Ivan Rome!