There’s no denying that there’s a lot of glamour and excitement associated with a career in film, but before you can get to that stage, you will have to put in several years of hard work and serious studying. Majoring in film is not cheap, but fortunately there are several scholarships you can apply to, whether you wish to pursue a career in cinematography, directing, editing, screenwriting, or acting.
Scholarship Offers for Film Making Students
Amount: Up to $3,500 per academic year
Deadline: April 15th
The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarships awards several ongoing scholarships that aim to support educational excellence and professional development.
Up to $3,500 is awarded annually to students majoring in any field related to film and television. Recipients must demonstrate academic ability, professional potential and financial need.
Photography giant Kodak offers two scholarships to fund film students—Kodak Student Scholarships and Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards.
The Kodak Student Scholarships are given in recognition of academic performance, filmmaking potential, and quality of the submitted samples. The scholarship amounts of $4,000, $3,000 and $200 are disbursed on a sliding scale after a candidate review process that is conducted by filmmaking industry professionals.
The Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards are awarded solely on the quality of the applicants’ cinematography skills. In order to earn this annual award of up to $5,000, nominees must demonstrate outstanding abilities in general filmmaking or film production. This must be supported by a portfolio of their camera work and a recommendation letter from an advisor. The finalists for the Cinematography scholarships are selected by a world-renowned cinematographer.
Amount: Up to $1,500
The Lawrence C. Albers Film Scholarships is sponsored by the University of Southern Mississippi to seniors pursuing a BA in Entertainment Industry with a special focus in film.
To apply for this annual award of up to $1,500, you must demonstrate a potential for success in the film industry, and have earned an overall GPA of 2.5 with a 3.0 or higher GPA in RTF (radio, television, film) courses.
The Student Academy Awards (SAA) was established in 1972 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the same organization that hands out the Oscars. The SAA aims to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking by financing filmmakers who are full-time college students.
Awards are given out in 4 categories—documentary, animation, alternative film, and narrative. Gold medalists in each category are awarded $5,000. Silver medalists in each category receive $3,000 and bronze medalists receive $2,000.
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support is administered by the University of Southern California. Full-time undergraduate students who are enrolled in the college’s School of Cinematic Arts and are eligible to apply for this award
Recipients of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support have a 3.0 minimum GPA. This award may be renewed annually as long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria each year.
The Frank Capra Jr. Film Studies Scholarship is awarded by the University of North Carolina Wilmington. You are eligible to apply for this $1,000 award if you are a full-time Wilmington student and have completed a minimum of 18 hours in Film Studies courses. All applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and 3.5 GPA in FST courses.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), a professional association committed to the advancement of television and related electronic media, offers several scholarships that recognize excellence in several different categories.
If you are considering pursuing a career in sports television, you may be eligible for the $10,000 Jim McKay Memorial Scholarship.
Hispanic or Latino students wishing to pursue a career in any aspect of the television industry may apply for the $10,000 Randy Falco Scholarship.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in the television industry and you have made a positive impact through community service, you may be eligible for the $10,000 Douglas W. Mummert Scholarship.
Deadline: June 1, 2018
The Princess Grace Foundation Awards for Film is a national program committed to recognizing and supporting the talent of individual artists in film, dance, and theater. Students are nominated for this award by the dean/chair of the college or a company artistic director. Self-nominations are not allowed. Award winners are chosen annually by panels of experts in each field.
Support Creativity is committed to providing support and free funding to help creative students realize their dreams. To apply for their $1,000 scholarship you will have to submit a creative project that highlights your passion for your specific creative field, whether it is art, digital media, animation, film, or broadcasting. Along with the project, you are also required to submit an essay that explains your piece of work and emphasizes why you should be the winner of this scholarship.
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