Past Recipients Student Testimonials  

John McCoy was born on September 20, 1974 in Washington, D.C. Although growing up in Maryland, he attended a predominantly African American private elementary school. While there, he learned about African American history and discovered his talent for drawing and art. Upon winning a city wide art contest in the fourth grade, he knew that his career path would have to involve art. He also loved to watch movies and decided to become a filmmaker.

In 1992, Mr. McCoy enrolled in Hampton University, a predominantly African American University in Virginia. He studied Mass Media with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. At Hampton, he discovered the theatre and served in every capacity for the shows of the season. He graduated in 1996 cum laude with a B.A. degree.

In 1997, John entered the University of Southern California's School of Cinema Television. There he has made a number of short films including his upcoming thesis film entitled, "Echoes of the Dream" about the late and initial emotional union between father and daughter on the day Martin Luther King was assassinated. John finished USC with an M.F.A. in Cinema Production in 2001.

Mr. McCoy's passion shifts equally between filmmaking and theatre. He plans to be involved in a theatre as well as directing feature films. John lives in Los Angeles.

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