Whether you picture yourself as the person shouting “Lights, camera, action!” or one of the many professionals involved in providing those elements, a degree in film can help you achieve your career goals. Contrary to popular opinion, film can be a versatile and lucrative college major. Beyond actors and directors, countless other people are involved in film and the term “film” extends far past Hollywood blockbusters. A film degree can prepare you for a variety of roles within this dynamic field and can also help you hone your skills and make your mark on the world with your art.
However practical and fulfilling it may be, a film degree is still expensive. While federal aid and student loans can help you shoulder the burden of your film school bills, taking on too much debt can limit your post-graduation prospects and make it hard to get your film career off the ground. Luckily, there are a number of film scholarships to help you pay for school.
You can read through the examples on this page to get an idea of some of the film scholarships available to film students. Some are academic scholarships specifically for film majors, while others are video contests open to everyone. Your college may offer some film scholarships specifically for majors and a variety of local and national awards like those given by AFI and the Screen Actors Guild. There are numerous other film scholarship opportunities out there, too, both based on your major and on other award criteria. To find a full list of scholarships you may qualify for based on your unique characteristics, conduct a free scholarship search on Scholarships.com.
Austin Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
AWM Austin is proud to award scholarships to college juniors and seniors studying media (or related field) at an Austin or San Marcos area university.
-Complete 75+ hours of college course work by December
-Must not graduate before December
-Minimum 3.25 GPA
-Enrolled as a full-time student (carrying a minimum of 12 hours per semester) at an Austin or San Marcos area […] More
Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
Scholarship applications are read and scored by committees of volunteers who use a “blind” review process.
-Graduating senior from a public or private high school
-Who resides in Boone, Ogle, or Winnebago County
-Who plans to pursue a degree in visual arts, visual art education, or visual art history
-Has a minimum 2.75 GPA
-Shows involvement in organizations and activities […] More
CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 29, Annually
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is for students with majors in the visual arts including, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts.
-U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
-Currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming […] More
Chantell Cooley Scholarship for Women
The Chantell Cooley Leadership Scholarship for Women provides financial assistance to young women seeking a residential degree at Waldorf College. These full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to women based on their leadership potential and membership in specific, co-curricular campus organizations.
These co-curricular organizations include:
-Service […] More
Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: March 30, Annually
The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to honor Arab American students who excel in media studies.
-Be a currently enrolled as a junior, senior, or graduate student
-Majoring in journalism, radio, television and/or film
-Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
-Be a U.S. citizen of Arab heritage
For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship […] More
New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards scholarships annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.
-High school seniors who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT or PA, attend a high school in one of these states, and will graduate this spring
-College […] More
The BLR Scholarship: Film Edition
Application Deadlines: August 31, Annually
The first of its kind, the BLR Scholarship seeks to spread awareness of protecting one’s family or business with life insurance, but with a unique twist! Students of photography and filmography are asked to portray the emotional characteristics of life insurance with use of photography, video, and music.
-Applicants must be a student of film, photography, videography or similar […] More
The Collective Bill Caspare Memorial Fund Scholarship
Application Deadlines: July 08, Annually
The Collective Bill Caspare Memorial Fund Scholarship was established by Collective LLC, through the O’Toole Media Awards, to support diversity in the New Media and Data Science disciplines within advertising and media. Three talented, diverse students will each be awarded a scholarship based on outstanding talent.
-Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
-Are African […] More
Yuchengco: Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
This award was established in honor of Maria Elena Yuchengco, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco and was instrumental in the founding of Filipinas Magazine.
-Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at an accredited four-year college/university in the upcoming academic year
-Major in journalism
-Filipino (at least 50%)
-Minimum 3.0 […] More