Kirk Douglas made a surprise appearance at the annual American Film Institute (AFI) Award luncheon on January 9, 2015 to announce the establishment of a Kirk Douglas Fellowship at the AFI Conservatory.  This endowed scholarship marks the first named for a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, which Kirk Douglas won in 1991. The attendees, who included such luminaries as Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie, responded with a standing ovation.

The Kirk Douglas Fellowship will be a full-tuition two-year scholarship awarded biennially to one AFI Conservatory Fellow.  This scholarship serves as an enduring investment by a master filmmaker, and an educational legacy that will echo into the future of the ongoing excellence of the art form.

Photo shows Kirk Douglas accepting the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1991.