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 either. Fortunately, there are several scholarships you can apply to, whether you wish to pursue a career in cinematography, directing, editing, screenwriting, or acting.
Amount: Up to $3,500 per academic year
Deadline: April 1
The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarships awards several ongoing scholarships that aim to support educational excellence and professional development.
The program awards up to $3,500 annually to students majoring in any field related to film and television. Recipients must demonstrate academic ability, professional potential, and also financial need.
Deadline: April 3, 2020
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship supports African American college students in their pursuit of the visual arts, which includes film, photography, fashion, graphic design, and more.
To qualify for this award, you must major in a visual art, demonstrate your leadership capabilities, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship asks for your resume, a picture of yourself, two letters of recommendation, and samples of your artwork.
Women in Film offers multiple scholarships to undergraduate and graduate student studying film or directing. The organization’s goal is to support women looking to break into the film industry. Many of the scholarships offered are specific to one area throughout the U.S. or school, so make sure to check out the details of each scholarship.
Deadline: TBD for 2020 (Opens July 15, 2020)
The James Cox Foundation offers five $2,500 scholarships for undergraduate and one $2,500 scholarship for graduate students, as well as awards for high school students. For college and graduate students, the James Cox Foundation asks for a video work. For high school students, the foundation asks for a still photograph to potentially win a digital camera.
Deadline: Contact school
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support is administered by the University of Southern California. Full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in the college’s School of Cinematic Arts may apply for this award.
Recipients of the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support must have a 3.0 minimum GPA. You may renew this award annually as long as you satisfy the eligibility criteria each year.
Deadline: March 1
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 also completed a minimum of 18 hours in Film Studies courses. All applicants must have maintained a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and also a 3.5 GPA in FST courses.
Deadline: March 22, 2020
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 have also made a positive impact through community service, you may be eligible for the $10,000 Douglas W. Mummert Scholarship.
Deadline: June 1, 2020
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 also theater. The dean/chair of the college or a company artistic director nominates students for this award. The program does not allow self-nominations. Panels of experts in each field then choose the award winners.
The next grant period starts on September 1, 2020.
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Support Creativity provides support and free funding to help creative students realize their dreams in colleges in the New York area (includes New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut). 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 must also submit an essay that explains your piece of work and emphasizes why you should be the winner of this scholarship.
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