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.
The Bret Ratner Grant
$10,000 tuition grant based on financial need only for One, Two Year & MFA Filmmaking Programs.
Through the generosity of Brett Ratner, the New York Film Academy is able to offer a limited amount (50) of $10,000 tuition grants. Only applicants to our One & Two Year Filmmaking programs are eligible to apply. To qualify, applicants must show a credible need for financial assistance through [...] More
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
September 17, Annually
Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Rand’s Novel, Atlas Shrugged, for College Students (Graduate and Undergraduate) and 12th Graders
Entry Deadline: September 17th
First Prize: $10,000
3 Second Prizes: $2,000
5 Third Prizes: $1,000
20 Finalists: $100
20 Semifinalists: $50
All information necessary to enter the contest is contained on our [...] More
Media Fellows Program
July 17, Annually
College can be expensive. We want talented individuals to focus on their career – not their debt. With the Media Fellows Program, the Washington Media Scholars Foundation recognizes enthusiastic and qualified students by awarding up to $30,000 in total scholarship awards each academic year. These grants support the academic development of undergraduates dedicated to pursuing a career related to [...] More
Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF) Scholarship Awards
May 31, Annually
Each year, the Direct Marketing Educational Foundation (DMEF), awards scholarships on a competitive basis to undergraduate and graduate students who show a commitment to pursuing careers in direct/interactive marketing. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and demonstrated interest in the direct/interactive marketing field.
To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photojournalists
November 15, Annually
Founded in memory of James Alan Cox, a television photojournalist, The James Alan Cox Foundation for Student Photographers aims to provide financial support to student photographers of high school and college age. Through a variety of funding, including equipment purchases and scholarships for college and technical school classes, the foundation’s mission is to expand educational and [...] More
CBC Spouses Visual Arts scholarship
May 02, Annually
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts scholarship was established in 2006 for students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts.
Applicants must be preparing to pursue an undergraduate degree full-time, or be a current full-time student in good academic standing at a U.S. accredited college or university located within the United States. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA, exhibit leadership [...] More
The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation
March 15, Annually
The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation was established in 1988 to support individuals, institutions and organizations committed to educational excellence and professional development and provide scholarships to outstanding U.S. college and U.S. university undergraduate students in four-year, degree-granting programs in television and film.
The King Family Foundation Undergraduate [...] More
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
December 01, Annually
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study fellowship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior [...] More
Francis D. Lyon Scholarship
March 15, Annually
The Francis D. Lyon Scholarships are available to students of film making. Mr. Lyon had a distinguished motion picture and television career as a film editor, director and producer. He received an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best film editor in 1948 for the movie "Body and Soul."
Both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply. To be considered [...] More
Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award
April 03, Annually
The Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was created to recognize Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. To be eligible for this award, aplicants must:
- Be undergraduate juniors, seniors orgraduate students
- Be attending college in the coming academic year
- Be majoring in mass communications, journalism, radio, television, and/or film
- Have at least a 3.0 GPA and [...] More
MANAA Fifth Media Scholarship
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans, is pleased to announce one $1000 scholarship for currently-enrolled college students interested in pursuing careers as filmmakers and in television production (not broadcast journalism). Formed in 1992, MANAA is the only organization solely dedicated to monitoring the media and advocating balanced, sensitive, and positive depiction and coverage of the [...] More
New York Women in Communications Inc. Foundation Scholarship Program
January 27, 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.
Awards are for use in the upcoming academic year.
- High school seniors who are permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT or PA, attend a high school in one of these states, [...] More
Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship
January 25, Annually
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications, awards the Interpublic Group (IPG) Scholarship and Internship annually based on academic excellence, need and involvement in the field of communications.
Each is awarded to an ethnically diverse student who is currently a college junior and has a demonstrated interest in a career in advertising [...] More
Carole Fielding Student Grants
December 15, Annually
The UFVA sponsored Carole Fielding Student Grants are not tuition-based scholarships, rather they are grants for production or research proposals. The deadline for submisstion of application is December 15th, anually, and is open to undergraduate and graduate students in film & television. Faculty sponsors must be UFVA members or must be from UFVA member institutions. Categories are: Narrative, [...] More