Columbus State University Student Receives Inaugural Film Scholarship

Columbus State University communications student Timothy Pitts was awarded the inaugural Georgia Power Business of Film Rising Star Student Scholarship. Pitts, a non-traditional student and Navy veteran, was presented the $5,000 award at the 2018 Business of Film event at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center today.

"Timothy has shown himself diligent in his studies and grateful for the opportunity to complete a degree," said Danna Gibson, CSU department of communications chair and professor, who submitted Pitts's nomination for the scholarship. "Timothy is the perfect fit for this prestigious life-changing award."

Pitts, a former welder and Navy emergency medical technician, began coursework at CSU in 2018. He is pursuing a bachelor of arts in communication with film production concentration, as well as a film production certificate. He has maintained a 3.75 GPA and is expected to graduate in summer of 2020.

"Timothy has excelled in his film production courses and has volunteered on numerous productions sets. His work ethic has won him the admiration of professors and producers alike - one who asks for Timothy by name for upcoming film productions," said Gibson.

However, despite his strong performance Pitts faced the depletion of his Post-9/11 GI Bill funds. This would have left him 3 semesters short of his degree. Receiving this award ensures that Pitts will be able to continue his studies to completion.

"Because of Georgia Power, the Atlanta Business Chronicle and this scholarship, I'm not only able to complete my degree but also show my children that no matter where you start in life, you can find your purpose and pursue your passion," said Pitts.

Pitts, who is the first recipient of the new scholarship, was selected among nominations from the Savannah College of Art and Design and Georgia State University. The scholarship will be awarded annually during the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Business of Film event. Georgia Power has been a presenting sponsor of the event, which focuses on the future of Georgia's rapidly growing film industry, since 2016.

"We're so pleased to partner with Georgia Power on the annual Business of Film event and this inaugural scholarship," said David Rubinger, president and publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle. "Through their economic development and workforce development initiatives, Georgia Power plays a major role in recruiting the film industry to our state, and they understand the importance of attracting and keeping film dollars in Georgia."

From major motion pictures, to indie films and television series, Georgia Power uses its properties, business partnerships, power grids, and other assets to make Georgia a one-stop shop for filmmakers. Through its economic development team, Georgia Power provides access to industrial properties, lakes, generating facilities and parks as well as assists with lighting and power needs.