University: Columbia University
Major: Computer Science and Film Studies
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Biography: I’m Edwin DeJesus Jr., a QuestBridge Scholar and third-year student at Columbia University in the City of New York. I was born in Manhattan, raised in Queens, and trace my roots back to Puerto Rico and Italy. I’ve had several years of experience in all aspects of film production and I hope to one day produce a world-changing documentary that helps push social change in underrepresented communities.
I am paving the way for this work by hosting a film festival in 2018 for young, underrepresented filmmakers in New York. I have enjoyed collaborating with diverse actors in the arts, media, and nonprofit spheres including; the Apollo Theater, television and film producers, a Harvard fellow with a passion for data on hip hop lyrics, and the Young Producers Club.
For my work, I recently won the Sustainable Development Competition for Industry Innovation at the 2016 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Regional Leadership Conference in Princeton, NJ. I also received Official Selection status in the 2017 NYC Independent Film Festival for my 35-minute short “The Great Griffin”.
This summer I will be organizing a social media campaign for the education firm EIC New Pathway in Shanghai. On my time off I will be producing marketing videos for a student-run credit union on my campus, which will provide affordable rates to international and low-income students.