In the seven years that the Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program has been in operation, it has raised more than $2.4 million in scholarships. The joint national non profit Big Brothers/Sisters program(s) chooses upwards of 20 young ladies from inner-city schools every year and pairs them with a top-level female executive in the entertainment business.
These students, then, begin the program as juniors in high school—in some of the toughest high schools in Los Angeles—and receive incredible, life-changing mentorship one afternoon every two weeks with these mentors.
Each year, The Hollywood Reporter hosts the Women in Entertainment Breakfast. Now in its 24th iteration, this year’s festivities took place on Wednesday, Dec 9 at Milk Studios in LA. After an inspiring and emotional video highlighting the qualities and achievements of the 15 girls who are just about to graduate from the program, the recently Grammy Award-winning singer of “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor took the microphone to announce the three scholarship winners, who would leave the night with college scholarships totaling more than $600,000.
Quite glib, Trainor announced “It’s such an honor to be here,” adding, “I gotta say two things before I start. One, I gotta pee so bad. Two: Melinda [Gates], you’re such a boss.” Quickly to follow, though, she handed out the first full-ride scholarship on behalf of LMU to Victoria Arevalo. Next, she handed out an impressive $100,000 scholarship to Larissa Ramirez.
She then announced, “LMU was so impressed with this year’s mentees, it agreed to fully fund a third scholarship. This is the final one. That’s it. This is the final scholarship of the day,” handing the award to Laura Espita, from the LMU School of Film and TV.