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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UC tuition hikes postponed

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced yesterday the UC tuition hike would be postponed. Students taking courses at a UC campus this summer will not see an increase in tuition. “We are doing this as a good faith gesture, optimistic that the ongoing negotiations will bear fruit,” said Napolitano at a speaking engagement at the University of Southern California. While there will be no tuition hikes this summer, tuition increases are still on the table for fall 2015.

In November, the UC Board of Regents approved a tuition hike of up to five percent every year for the next five years. The vote to approve the tuition hike was 14-7 with Gov. Jerry Brown and the student regent, among others, voting against the hike. Following the vote, UC students throughout the state protested the hikes with marches and sit-ins.

Lawmakers in Sacramento have also been concerned with the UC tuition hikes. State Senate President Tempore Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) introduced SB 15 to, among other things to help California students afford college, stop the hikes. This week in Sacramento, an Assembly subcommittee is holding a UC Budget Hearing. In an article special to the Sacramento Bee, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Assembly member Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) said they would be applying a “zero-based budget approach.” According to Atkins and Olsen, “every line item of an organization’s budget must be approved, rather than only changes from the previous year.”

Napolitano and Gov. Jerry Brown have been at odds about the tuition increases. Napolitano has said increases are needed to keep the UC as a world-class institution. Gov. Brown argued the UC needs to scrutinize spending patterns and make cuts. The governor’s budget proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year would withhold $120 million from the UC if the tuition increases went forward. Napolitano and Brown have been meeting privately to discuss UC costs and spending.

“Because these discussions are still ongoing, and because the legislature is still at work putting together the state budget, I am announcing here today that UC will not implement a previously approved tuition increase of up to five percent for the summer quarter,” Napolitano said at the event. “It is our conviction that all parties engaged in these negotiations want tuition to be as low as possible, and as predictable as possible. Moreover, as a matter of fairness, we want potential summer quarter students to enroll free from any uncertainty and unpredictability inherent in a fluid and still unresolved budget situation.”

Assembly Speaker Atkins praised the postponed tuition hikes. In a written statement she said, “I am pleased President Napolitano is beginning to walk back UC’s reliance on fee increases. With the Assembly beginning our top-to-bottom review of UC’s budget today, I am sure we will be able to identify savings, as well as increased state funding, that will help ensure UC remains a world-class treasure.”

 

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Scholarship Saturday – Feb. 14, 2015

Scholarship Saturday

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There are thousands of scholarships out there. Some are large scholarships that are well publicized, while others are lesser known. My goal is to share some lesser-known scholarships with my readers every Saturday.

Don’t wait. Apply for these great scholarships today! And, if you missed the last Scholarship Saturday, check it out. There are scholarships there that are still open! Lastly, check out my lists of scholarships with February and March deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, you are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

Here are your scholarships for Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program
Sponsor: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
Award Amount: Up to $8,000
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students in Ventura County, California who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement, and commitment to Ventura County.

A Nurse I Am Scholarship
Sponsor: Cherokee Uniforms
Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (AND or BSN), diploma, or RN-to-BSN program, and must begin/have begun class no later than Jan. 31, 2015.

A.A.C.L. Scholarship
Sponsor: Armenian-American Citizens League Educational Fund
Award Amount: Up to $2,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to permanent residents of the United states who have been living in California for at least two years and are of Armenian descent. Applicant must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college n the United States and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.

ACS Scholars Program
Sponsor: American Chemical Society (ACS)
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian students who are graduating high school seniors or college freshmen, sophomores or juniors intending to or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science.

American Council of the Blind Scholarship Program
Sponsor: American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Award Amount: Up to $3,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be a legally blind student who is a graduating high school senior enrolling in higher education in the fall, or a current undergraduate, graduate or vocational student.

Anchor Scholarship
Sponsor: Anchor Scholarship Foundation
Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to family members (children or spouses) of qualified Surface Navy sailors.

Barbara Wiedner and Dorothy Vandercook Peace Scholarship
Sponsor: Barbara Wiedner and Dorothy Vandercook Memorial Scholarship Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior or college freshman who can provide evidence of leadership and/or personal initiative in activities or in an organization relating to peace and social justice, nuclear disarmament, and/or conflict resolution.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships
Sponsor: Blacks at Microsoft (BAM)
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors of African descent who plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall. Applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems or select business programs.

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion Auxiliary (ALA)
Award Amount: Up to $3,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons or veterans who served in the Armed Forces during WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon and Grenada, Panama, or Desert Shield/Storm Gulf/War on Terrorism.

EngineerGirl Essay Contest
Sponsor: National Academy of Engineering
Award Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Essay contest is open to girls and boys in grades 3-12. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to technology and sports.

Eric Dostie Memorial College Scholarships
Sponsor: NuFactor Specialty Pharmacy
Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students with hemophilia or a related bleeding disorder, or to the family members. Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and enrolled full-time in an accredited two our four-year college program.

Greg Goff Leadership Awards
Sponsor: National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) Foundation
Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and history of outstanding leadership.

Hays C. Kirby Essay Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Joe Foss Institute
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who attend a public, private, alternative, parochial school, or a home study program. Applicant must submit an essay on the topic, “I love my country because…”

HubShout Online Marketing Scholarships
Sponsor: HubShout
Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students who have completed at least one year of post-secondary education and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant should be on the path to a business or marketing career that will involve online marketing.

James Madison Junior Fellowship Program
Sponsor: James Madison Memorial Foundation
Award Amount: $12,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are teachers, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than Aug. 31 of the year the student is applying.

Knights of Columbus Endowed Scholarships
Sponsor: Knights of Columbus
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarships are for students who will be entering their freshman year of an undergraduate program at a Catholic college or university in the United States. The organization has multiple scholarship programs.

Maureen L. and Howard Blitman, P.E. Scholarship
Sponsor: National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior who is a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority (African-American, Hispanic, or Native American) and has been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university.

NANBPWC National Scholarship
Sponsor: National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC)
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarships are open to female African American students. Three scholarships available for different age groups: 1. high school seniors, 2. current college students. 3. Age 35 and older.

NASA Space Settlement Contest
Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Contest is open to students in grades 7-12 from anywhere in the world. Student must develop a design for an orbital space settlement. Students can apply as individuals, small teams (two to five team members) or large teams (more than six team members).

National Presbyterian College Scholarship
Sponsor: Presbyterian Mission Agency
Award Amount: $1,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members entering college in fall 2015 at a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) related college or university.

Phoebe Ann Rose Scholarship
Sponsor: Phoebe Ann Rose Scholarship Foundation
Award Amount: $500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students with talent in music who are between the ages of 14 and 26 and plan to study music. Applicant must also have history of volunteering.

Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship
Sponsor: National Press Club
Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who plans to pursue a career in journalism. Applicant must submit three work samples and other application materials.

SEG Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $14,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be either a high school senior planning to enter college next fall or an undergraduate or graduate student whose grades are above average. Applicant must be intending to pursue a college curriculum directed towards a career in applied geophysics or a closely related field.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Sponsor: Ulman Fund for Young Adults
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to individuals who have been affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. Applicant must have been between the ages of 15 and 39 during their own diagnosis/treatment or during the diagnosis/treatment of their parent or sibling.

Women’s Western Golf Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Women’s Western Golf Foundation (WWGF)
Award Amount: $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Applicant must be a female high school senior who participates in golf.

Young Naturalist Awards
Sponsor: American Museum of Natural History
Award Amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Competition is open to students who are in seventh through twelfth grades and are enrolled in a public, private, parochial, or home school in the United States, Canada, the U.S. territories, or a U.S. sponsored school abroad. Student must plan and conduct their own scientific investigation and submit their findings.

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Scholarships for Presidents Day

Mt. Rushmore by chascar licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Next week, the people of the United States will celebrate Presidents Day. The federal holiday was first created to honor George Washington. As time has passed, other presidents have also been associated with the holiday, such as Abraham Lincoln whose birthday was also in February.

Below is a list of scholarships that were named after United States Presidents, or sponsored by organizations named after Presidents. 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.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Scholars Program
Sponsor: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
Award Amount: Up to $8,000
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students in Ventura County, California who have demonstrated oustanding leadership, character, communication skills, academic achievement, and commitment to Ventura County.

Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship
Sponsor: American Legion Auxiliary (ALA)
Award Amount: Up to $3,500
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to daughters, sons, grandsons, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, great-grandsons or veterans who served in the Armed Forces during WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon and Grenada, Panama, or Desert Shield/Storm Gulf/War on Terrorism.

James Madison Junior Fellowship Program
Sponsor: James Madison Memorial Foundation
Award Amount: $12,000
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2015
Description: Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are teachers, or plan to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level (grades 7-12). Applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree or plan to receive a bachelor’s degree no later than Aug. 31 of the year the student is applying.

Ronald Reagen Leadership Award
Sponsor: Tau Kappa Epsilon
Award Amount: $1,100
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to members of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Scholarship recognizes academic achievement and outstanding leadership, as demonstrated by activities and accomplishments within the chapter, on campus, and in the community.

Platt Family Scholarship
Sponsor: The Lincoln Forum
Award Amount: Up to $1,500
Deadline: The deadline was Jul. 31 last year. Information about the 2015 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Scholarship is open to students who were full-time, undergraduate students in an American college or university during the Spring semester. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to Abraham Lincoln.

Ideas Matter Essay Contest
Sponsor: Clinton Presidential Center
Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: The deadline was Nov. 3 last year. Information about the 2015 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Contest is open to Arkansas students in eleventh and twelfth grades. Applicant must submit a 500-word essay on a a given topic.

John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Award Amount: Tuition waiver for up to eight semester
Description: Student must be a permanent Massachusetts resident who is planning to enroll full-time in a Massachusetts public college or university. Applicant must score in the Advanced category in either the Mathematics or the English language arts section of the grade 10 MCAS test and score in the Proficient or Advanced category on the second subject (Mathematics or English). There is no application for the scholarship. Eligible students will be notified in the Fall of their senior year of high school.

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Sponsor: John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: Jan. 6, 2016
Description: Applicant must be in grades 9-12 and must submit an essay on a topic related to political courage.

GE – Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: The deadline was Jan. 8 of this year. Information about the 20156 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior and demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at the workplace, and in the community

Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship
Sponsor: Washington Crossing Foundation
Award Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: The deadline was Jan. 15 this year. Information about the 2016 deadline has not been updated at date of publication, but the scholarship has been awarded for multiple years.
Description: Applicant must be a high school senior planning to pursue a career of service to the United States in local, state, or federal government.

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