To impact is to have a strong effect on someone or something. The annual Valenti Impact Awards is a celebration of our students and the individuals who impact them the most. We highlight the impact of scholarships, recognize the impact of our community partners on the Valenti School of Communication's success, and we honor an individual whose work has made a tremendous impact on the world.
Scholarships help students afford their education without getting saddled with a financial burden. The Valenti School of Communication is proud to be awarding nearly $100K in scholarships to our students at this year's ceremony. Learn more about some of the scholarships we give out and how the legacy of those gifts is carried forward in the lives of our students today.
The Valenti School of Communication trains the next generation of innovative storytellers to be leaders in their fields. We invite global and local professionals to engage with our students and show them what successful careers in communication look like. From guest speakers to donors to companies that provide internships, the success of our school is intricately linked to the time and resources of those in our greater community.
Celina Schocken is this year's Valenti Impact Award recipient. Throughout her career, Celina has provided access to health care to individuals around the world. The impact of her work is incalculable and it is a tremendous honor to recognize her at the 2017 Impact Awards.
Master of Ceremonies: Segun Oduolowu
Valenti Alum Segun Oduolowu is a Pop Culture television studio analyst, host of the Wired In With Segun podcast, an Educator and an Entertainer. He appears regularly on NBC's Access Hollywood Live, FOX's Wendy Williams Show, and Studio 11, as well as HLN's Dr. Drew on Call. He has also starred on television shows as varied as Showtime's hit series Weeds, Spike TV's The Joe Schmo Show, and the upcoming film Where are You Bobby Browning.
When the bright lights turn off, Segun is an educator, and social activist. He has taught, and mentored some of the brightest "Young-Stars" in Southern California. His former pupils can be found in the top Universities throughout the United States. As a social activist Segun has used his background as a former collegiate basketball player at the University of Houston, to craft his "Work Smarter not Harder" initiative. In a partnership with the Aim High Foundation of Southern California, and it's creator 2 - time NBA champion Kenny Smith, he has coached over a dozen "Young-Stars" to Division I basketball scholarships.