The scholarship has been established in honour of John Sargent, Production Accountant and founder of Sargent-Disc, who passed away in July 2019. Over the course of a career spanning over 50 years, John and his wife and co-founder, Marija, played a crucial role in transforming financial reporting and management processes for productions of all sizes in the UK. They were awarded with the prestigious Contribution to the Industry Award at the Production Guild Awards in 2018.
John was instrumental in helping establish and sustain Production Management and Production Accounting curriculum and tuition at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). His contribution made a difference to the lives of hundreds of students who studied at the NFTS.
Laurence and Lara Sargent, directors of Sargent-Disc, a Cast & Crew Company, have set up the scholarship in perpetuity to be awarded annually to a high-calibre Production Accounting student. It will begin with applicants starting the course in January 2021.
“John was an enthusiastic supporter of the NFTS, dedicating much of his professional life to training and supporting Production Accountants. The John Sargent Scholarship is a fitting legacy that will help future generations to achieve their potential regardless of their financial circumstances.” Lara and Laurence Sargent.
The John Sargent Scholarship is in addition to scholarship support Sargent-Disc has awarded to two Production Management Diploma students each year since 2013. The scholarships aim to recognise the efforts of the NFTS and its students in achieving excellence.
Jon Wardle, NFTS Director said: “John was a huge supporter of the NFTS and we miss him immensely. We are thrilled the newly established John Sargent Scholarship will enable future Production Accounting students to attend the NFTS and thank Laurence and Lara for their generosity and continued support of the School.”
Further contributions to the John Sargent Scholarship can be made via the NFTS’ justgiving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/JohnSargentScholarship