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Current Mitchell Scholar Recipients

In Their Own Words ... Meet the Mitchell Scholars!


Lauren Freeman is a sophomore FTVM major with a minor in music and a focus on film scoring. Initially interested in music performance, Lauren recently found a love for film and media and found a way to combine her two greatest passions. Her biggest musical inspirations are Dave Porter, Quincy Jones, and Herman Beeftink. Lauren believes that representation in both the film and music industries is integral in shaping them to be more inclusive of all identities, which allows more people to be unapologetically themselves when creating and sharing their art.


Maggie Granata is a junior majoring in FTVM. She isn't sure exactly what path she wants to pursue yet, but she is very interested in production, specifically directing or cinematography. In her spare time, Maggie enjoys singing with her a cappella group, The Sopranos, and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to become involved with some production groups on campus this year and get more on-set experience with filmmaking. She is extremely honored and excited to be a Mitchell Scholar and can't wait for the amazing opportunities that it will provide!



Lauren Horne is a sophomore film major from Georgia. She plans to screenwrite and produce her own films in the near future. Lauren also loves to sing and dance. She says of the Mitchell Scholarship,
"I am super grateful for this opportunity!"

Nora Pasche is a junior FTVM major in love with storytelling. She is interested in screenwriting and directing, but wants to learn more about other filmmaking careers. Nora is grateful that the FTVM Department gives her the opportunity to learn about every aspect of filmmaking. She both acted and helped write for the short film “Zoids!” which won first place at the 2021 Frankfort48 film festival in her hometown, Frankfort, MI. Nora is currently the recruitment and retention chair for the university’s Rotaract Club and is actively involved with local and international service work through the club. She loves Studio Ghibli, hot fudge brownie sundaes, and Star Wars. 

Aedin Seck is a senior FTVM major, screenwriting sub-major, and religion minor. When not in class, Aedin is also an RA in Couzens hall and a Program Coordinator at the Center for Campus Involvement. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, spending time with her two dogs, and teaching herself new skills (but mastering none). Aedin is most passionate when writing scripts that focus on untold stories of important figures forgotten or misrepresented by history. In the future, Aedin hopes to be wildly rich and famous. She plans to be a screenwriter, author, and anything else that sounds like fun.



Alyssa Thomas is a senior double majoring in FTVM and history of art. She has previously been a member of Livings ArtsEngine and the RC’s Semester In Detroit program. Besides working in film, she has also been a props designer for MUSKET, a stage manager and choreographer for Horizon Performing Arts, and has worked in UMich Housing since 2019. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, drinking coffee, thrifting, and making her friends participate in her film projects.

Zora Kwasnik is a senior hailing from Lansing, Michigan. She is currently pursuing a degree in FTVM with a sub-major in screenwriting and a minor in drama through the Residential College. Zora is studying writing and film theory with hopes of pursuing a career in either feature writing or film academia. Their debut script, Deadbeat, has won a Hopwood award, the Deb Lacusta and Dan Castellaneta Award for Excellence in Comedy, and landed her a coveted spot in FTVM 427, the university’s highest level screenwriting class. 
While she has a soft spot for comedy, Zora’s true love is horror. Last year she wrote and directed a short horror-comedy, Familiar, that was screened at the Michigan Theater. During COVID she remotely directed and produced a full length radio drama adaptation of Dracula that debuted via YouTube livestream. And in during summer 2021 she interned at Raimi Productions, helping develop their newest projects, including Umma and the upcoming films 65 and Boy Kills World
From co-founding student promotional org Accelerate Video, acting as Vice President of the RC Players student theater group, working as a script consultant for the Blank Space TV Writer's Room, performing in digital and live sketch comedy, to starring in stage plays, Zora has plenty to do in her final year at Umich.