Scholarships for Film Students

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From its creation, film has been an immensely powerful media force. It’s an art form that both reflects and defines societies and generations. From mega blockbusters that entertain the masses, to powerful heart-warming documentaries that uncover hidden truths. There are plenty of scholarship opportunities for students majoring in film fields, and here are just a few:

NBC Universal Full Circle Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,250

NBC Universal partners with the American Indian College Fund to sponsor this scholarship opportunity, available to Native American students who are majoring in one of the following categories: journalism, media, broadcasting, film, television, and related fields.

To be eligible, students must be a registered member of a tribe, or a descendant of a grandparent in a tribe. Students must also be enrolled in a non-tribal college, have a 3.0 GPA minimum, and have an interest in a career related to media.

The King Family Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Amount: Up to $7,000

This scholarship, founded in 1988 by Charles and Lucille King, aims to support students that are passionate about broadcasting and media. Students can earn up to $3,500 per academic year if they win the scholarship.

Eligibility requirements include: being a junior or senior majoring in television and film, being enrolled at an accredited 4-year college or university, and having an interest in a career related to television or film.

The Student Academy Awards Program

Amount: $2,000–$3,000–$5,000

This opportunity is not to be missed. For the serious and passionate filmmaker the Academy Awards (yes, the Oscars) hosts a contest and judges film entries from all around the country in a variety of categories—Animation, Documentary, Narrative, and Alternative.

There are quite a few rules regarding the content and entry submissions, so be sure to visit their site and read carefully. Other eligibility requirements include: attending an accredited degree-granting college or university, entries must have been made for a school assignment (not a hired film), no longer than 40 minutes, and must be in English or subtitled in English.

Women in Film Scholarships

Amount: Varies

The WIF Scholarships are dedicated to funding women students in a variety of film-related fields. From cinematography, to writing, to directing. The scholarships available often correlate to a specific school, so be sure to read requirements carefully.

Requirements change scholarship to scholarship, but overall requirements include student entrants being women studying filmmaking.

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Allison Wignall

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