11 scholarships and awards for future actors and filmmakers

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As we approach the prestigious Academy Awards, it is only fitting to have a list of scholarships related to the Oscars. The following list of scholarships and awards are for students with talents and interests in acting, film making, and screenwriting. In addition to acting, filmmaking, and screenwriting, many of the scholarships are also open to students interested in performing arts.

Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

M. Josephine O’Neil Arts Award
Sponsor: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Lambda State Organization
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Award is open to females who are legal residents of Illinois and in or approaching her junior year at an accredited college or university and majoring in one or more of the arts (music, dance, drama, or fine arts).

Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program – Arts Category
Sponsor: California Exposition & State Fair
Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Mar. 5, 2015
Description: Scholarship program is open to students enrolled or planning to enroll in a four-year California accredited college, community college, university, or an accredited trade school. Applicant must be a California resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicant must be enrolled in in an “arts” program or major (visual arts, dance, music, film, etc.).

King Family Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation
Award Amount: $3,500
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to juniors and seniors majoring in television and film at accredited four-year, degree granting colleges and universities in the United States.

John L. Dales Scholarship
Sponsor: Screen Actors Guild Foundation
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Mar. 16, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to SAG-AFTRA members or dependents of SAG-AFTRA members who are active and in good standing. In addition to required application materials, applicant must submit an essay on a topic of their choice.

Young Filmmaker Scholarships
Sponsor: THEA Foundation
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Mar. 27, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are legal residents of the state of Arkansas. Applicant must have an interest in directing, scriptwriting, videography, or editing.

Princess Grace Foundation-USA  – Theatre Scholarship
Sponsor: Princess Grace Foundation-USA
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Mar. 31, 2015
Description: Scholarship is for students in their last year of professional training at a non-profit school located in the United States. Applicant must submit an online application, resume, personal statement and work samples. Student must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director.

Thespian Scholarships
Sponsor: Educational Theatre Association
Award Amount: Up to $1,500
Deadline: Apr. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college students who are active members of the International Thespian Society. Most scholarships require an audition. There are multiple scholarship opportunities, so check website for specific requirements.

Henry and Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship
Sponsor: Pasadena Playhouse Alumni and Associates
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in studying theatre arts. Applicant must be a legal resident of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, or Washington.

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship
Sponsor: Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: May 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students at an accredited college or university OR a current high school senior preparing to become a full-time undergraduate student. Applicant must be pursuing a major in the performing arts and planning a career in performing arts. The scholarship is intended for African-American students, and preference will be given to African-American students residing in BC member districts.

YoungArts Program
Sponsor: National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts
Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: To be determine. The 2014 deadline was Oct. 17.
Description: Program is open to young artists in grades 10-12 or ages 15-18 with talent in cinematic arts, dance, design arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. There is a $35 application fee, but fee waivers are available to qualified applicants.

Beinecke Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Beinecke Scholarship Program
Award Amount: $34,000
Deadline: 2016 deadline is to be determined. The 2015 deadline was Feb. 20.
Description: Scholarship program is open to juniors who are currently majoring in the arts, humanities or social sciences and plan to attend graduate school. Applicant must demonstrate superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise.

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