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June 13, 2006


$10,000 Award to Undergraduate Film Major is One of 30 Made Nationally to Outstanding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students

NEW YORK, June 13, 2006 – Ivan Bukta, a junior majoring in film and video production at The City College of New York (CCNY), was one of 30 outstanding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students nationwide awarded scholarships by The Point Foundation.  Mr. Bukta received the MTV-U Scholarship, which is funded by that college oriented television service and web site and carries a $10,000 stipend.

Born in Novi Sad, Serbia, Mr. Bukta grew up with war, poverty and political upheaval and struggled to succeed in an extremely patriarchal and restrictive society.  In 2003, he enrolled as an undergraduate at CCNY to begin pursuit of his passion and lifelong dream of working in the film industry.

At CCNY, he has received several academic awards including the Kaye Scholarship and Irani Fellowship.  In addition, he works as a tutor at the City College Writing Center.

“It has been a privilege to be a student at the City College of New York,” Mr. Bukta said.  “This school has not only provided me with academic excellence but also opened doors and opportunities that I could not even imagine before.”

To date, Mr. Bukta has written, produced, shot and directed five short films, including “A Difference,” which is about the responsibility people have in dealing with AIDS in today’s society.  His current projects include a screenplay based on his actual experiences during the bombing of Serbia in 1999 and a critical analysis of James Cameron’s Titanic.  His post-graduation goals include enrolling in a graduate film program and, ultimately, working in the film industry.

The Point Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit that provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  Students are selected based on demonstrated leadership, scholastic achievement, involvement in the LGBT community, and financial need.  Several foundations and corporations, including the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Wal-Mart and MTV Networks, have partnered with Point to fund the scholarships.

About The City College of New York

For over 158 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.