Allison Schroeder speaks at
EFSC Melbourne Campus
A llison Schroeder is a member of the Writers Guild of America, BAFTA, and
Oscar-nominated screenwriter for the film Hidden Figures, which tells the true
story of three female African-American mathematicians at NASA during the Cold
War. She also won the Humanitas and Veritas Awards for her writing on the film.
Allison drew from her own experiences working at NASA and her studies in math
as she adapted the book into the screenplay.
Allison grew up in Melbourne near NASA at Cape Canaveral where both her
grandmother and grandfather worked as engineers in the 1960s and 1970s.
She watched shuttle launches, visited her grandmother in the Vehicle Assembly
Building, and played on a Mercury capsule prototype. In high school, she interned
for NASA’s NURTURE Math and Science Program and worked for a launch company
after her freshman year of college.
Allison attended Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in
economics with coursework in math and statistics. Many of the experiences in
Hidden Figures, such as a teacher
telling a student that he couldn’t
teach a woman math, happened to
Allison during her studies.
She also had a second major in Film
& Visual Narrative that covered
writing, theater, photography and
film studies. While at Stanford,
she studied abroad at Oxford
University in England where she
wrote, directed, choreographed and
produced her first musical.
Allison will tell her story Tuesday,
Nov. 27, at 9:30 a.m., at the King
Center for the Performing Arts on
the Melbourne Campus as part of
the Simpkins Entrepreneur Series.
Entry is FREE and all community
members are welcome. For more
information, call Kelly Richardson,
Allison Schroeder, Oscar Nominated Screenwriter and Melbourne Native.
counts on YOU
– the support of
our alumni, local
Titan friends – to
realize their career goals. We’re
grateful that you and others allow us
to financially support our students. We
created 10 new scholarships this year
and helped over 700 students, which
is 28% more than last year!
If you live in Brevard County, you have
been touched by an EFSC graduate:
A dental hygienist, nurse,
computer tech, engineering tech,
EMT, firefighter, police officer,
cosmetologist, sonographer, HVAC
technician, and more.
If you are interested in supporting
student scholarships or other college
initiatives, please contact our offices at
Enjoy the lazy days of summer!
PHOTO: JUDY WENDELL