WCOPA 2023 Contestants received $750,000 in Scholarships and Prizes.

New York Film Academy

10 – $15,000 per year talent based discount scholarships for long term acting for Film or Musical Theatre Programs and ten 25% off Talent Based Discount awards good for Summer Camp Programs at New York Film Academy (NYFA)  Value:  $400,000

New York Film Academy (NYFA), the regionally accredited College of Visual and Performing Arts, is designed for a new generation of storytellers – artists who share a driving passion and want to learn by doing, creating their own projects in a hands-on, intensive environment.  NYFA is honored to be the film and acting school of choice for many Hollywood filmmakers’ families, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, and Jodie Foster.    

Long Term Scholarships

Senior Contestants

Lee-San Gayle – Jamaica

David Trim – Trinidad/Tobago

Sean Bennett – New Zealand

Conrad Goddard – New Zealand

Jessica Tomkins – Australia

Doriane Roux – France

Valentine Poorteman – France

Jayden Pere – New Zealand

Kyra Antoni – Netherlands

Dwit Gayle – Jamaica

Imogen Van Heerdan – South Africa

Drew Abdul-Wahab – United States

Summer Camp Scholarships

Senior Contestants

Sophia Zwillinger – United States

Hailey Knowles – United States

Junior Contestants

William Begnami – United States

Chloe Reyes – United States

Tshegofatso Mokome – South Africa

Ghita Schoeman – South Africa

Aidan Prinsloo – South Africa

Zachary Meadnis – United States

Josiah Eli Ferrier – Trinidad/Tobago

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

10 Degree scholarships at $15,000 per year each for a total of $30,000 per recipient = grand total of $300,000.  Plus 10 Summer Intensive scholarships at $1,000 each for a grand total of $10,000.  Value:  $310,000

The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts has been training emerging artists in the heart of Manhattan for over 40 years.  With programs in Film & Television Acting, Musical Theatre and New Media for Actors, NYCDA trains artists on the particular skills of acting for the industry today.  In small class sizes and faculty that work actively in the industry, students have the opportunity to grow and enhance their skills as the industry evolves.  

Degree Scholarships

Senior Contestants

  • Doriane Roux – France
  • Felyn Joy Fajanel – Philippines
  • Graytin Theunis Pretorius – South Africa
  • Imogen Van Heerden – South Africa
  • Isabella Newcombe – New Zealand
  • John Fredmarc Caragos – Philippines
  • Khayle Doe Alpeche – Philippines
  • Kyra Antoni – Netherlands
  • Leannah Dominique Tño – Philippines
  • Lee-San Gayle – Jamaica
  • Maretta Brown – New Zealand
  • Monja Van Heerden – South Africa
  • Sean Bennett – New Zealand
  • Wilmè Kuhn – South Africa

Summer Scholarships

Senior Contestants

  • Aksana Matokazi – South Africa
  • Alleluia Christ – Indonesia
  • Biency Francia Maranan – Philippines
  • Capri Mawston – New Zealand
  • Hailey Knowles – USA
  • Khazandra Carizz Ypil – Philippines
  • Maja Snyman – South Africa
  • Nayla Francesca Louise Malimban – Philippines
  • Scarlette Yape – Philippines
  • Sophia Zwillinger – USA
  • Viona Niedermeier – Germany
  • Zachary Meadnis – USA

Jeff Weber:  Each 30 minute consultation will be devoted to creating a plan specifically designed to elevate the career of the recipient.  We evaluate material, vocal ability, musicianship and management expectations, thus creating career development perspectives that allow the performer to excel.  The consultation is designed to offer insights and options to assist the sustainability of each performer’s career. Total value for the six consultations is $15,000

During Jeffrey Weber’s forty-five year career in the music industry, he has founded, ran or participated in various label capacities from A&R, Music Supervision for TV and film, Music Production, Concert and Festival Production, Interactive Programming, Marketing, Sales, International Relations, Business Affairs and Art Director for dozens of independent labels as well as his own labels, Weberworks Entertainment Group and Stark Raving Records.

  • Eliott Allemand – New Zealand
  • Jessica Tomkins – Australia
  • Fred Robertson – Jamaica
  • James Foster – Canada
  • Victoria Turner – Canada
  • William Bignami – USA

Darienne Arnold: 1 hour consultation on having a modeling career.  All your questions answered about the type of model you are, the business of modeling, training , headshots, networking and more. Consultation must be done at WCOPA 2023 event.   Value:  $1,500

Darienne Arnold appeared in Vogue, Marie Claire, Mirabella and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and graced runways from Japan to the runways of Paris and TV. Darienne has become a highly sought after scout, placing talent across the globe and mentoring the next generation of models.

  • Hailey Knowles – USA

Manny Mijares:  One song production and recording deal which will include: establishing your genre and music preference, creating customized tracks, writing and producing your demo.  Value: $10,000

Manny Mijares has penned and/or produced songs for industry legends like Stevie B, Snoop Dogg, Craig David, Frankie J & Shock G (of digital Underground), but also for today’s superstars like Dua Lipa, Kelly Rowland (of Destiny’s Child), Pitbull and is the manager & producer of teen sensation, Stefan Benz. His music credits include X factor, America’s Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars, to name a few.

  • Janie Kogan – Australia

Marc Williams: Indasoul Entertainment will write and produce a full song. Inclusive of studio time, producer costs, engineering costs, mix down and editing. Indasoul will also assist with the release and marketing of said composition.  Value $10,250

MARC M. DOC WILLIAMS, Indasoul Entertainment is a music production company located in Los Angeles California that specializes in artist development and facilitating deals for aspiring artists through music licensing placement and alternative marketing initiatives. Williams and his company have written, produced and remixed hits for such artists as Madonna, Chris Brown, K-Ci and JoJo, Kelly Rowland (Destiny Child), Jordan Sparks, Janet Jackson and many more. 

  • Dorian Roux – France

Millennium Dance Complex:  TWO – 1 week scholarships to all classes regularly scheduled at Millennium Dance Complex, Studio City.  Value:  $1,400

The Millennium Dance Complex is known worldwide as the premiere studio of the commercial dance world and is widely referred to as a ‘the place where it all happens’. Although the studio’s A-list clientele and a faculty of the most sought after dancers and choreographers in the world has catapulted MILLENNIUM to a global brand, it still remains notably grounded, welcoming and dedicated to the highest level of service and instruction.

  • Jules Duflo – France
  • Naveena Sabu – South Africa