In an effort to work with an industry that is eager to expand its talent pool to include underrepresented ethnicities and women, the School of Cinematic Arts has undertaken several initiatives to shape the dynamics of tomorrow's industry leaders. These projects and partners include:
- Electronic Arts Endowed Fund For Student Support
This fund is used to support, encourage and educate new voices within the interactive entertainment industry and to assist students whose work in videogame development will further the interests of underrepresented populations in this field.
- The In2 TV/Freddie Prinze Endowed Fund for Student Support
This fund is awarded to graduate students who further the interest of Latino minorities in the areas of writing, producing and directing for television.
- The Gary Cooper Endowed Fund for Student Support
The fund was established by Gary Cooper's daughter Maria Cooper-Janis, in honor of his passionate interest in Native Americans, their culture, life, beliefs, and traditions. It is awarded to students from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds with primary consideration given to Native American students.
- Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co. Fund for Student Support
The fund is used to provide fellowship support to deserving graduate and undergraduate students who will further advance the perceptions of Chinese culture through film and media. Awardees are from: Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, or from Asian countries and speak fluent Chinese.
- Bijan Amin Scholarship Fund
This fund is used for full time graduate students that demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to furthering the understanding of the Iranian people and culture in the entertainment industry.
- Creative Artists Agency Fund for Student Support
The fund is awarded to undergraduate junior or senior students and graduate students who have an interest in an agency career. Priority consideration is given to those who further interest of underrepresented minorities.
- Don Thompson LGBT Student Support Fund
This fund is for graduate or undergraduate students who identify as LGBT.
- Johnny Carson Endowed Student Support Fund
This fund is to support deserving undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the Film & Television Production Division who have applied as residents from the LA Metropolitan area or surrounding community of USC.
- Lionsgate and Televisa Fund for Student Support
This fund is to support graduate students enrolled in the Writing or Production Divisions. The fund will encourage and educate new voices at SCA who have demonstrated knowledge of any Latino language or culture.
- Pantelion Screenwriting Contest
The Pantelion Screenwriting Contest will encourage students of SCA to write original scripts targeting the interests of Latino audience. Contestants must be enrolled as full time graduate students in either Writing or Production, with positive consideration given to students who have demonstrated knowledge of any Latino language or culture.
- Muller Family Scholarship
This fund is awarded to incoming graduate students from diverse ethic backgrounds with primary consideration to financial need.
- Samuel & Lorenza Gary Memorial Fund
This fund is awarded to underrepresented minorities with financial need and who have a focus on directing.
- T.C. Wang Internships
This fund is used for graduate Chinese nationals or Chinese students from other countries and or American citizens who demonstrate particular interest in Asian matters related to film.
- Tom Freston Endowed Fellowship (For Summer Program)
The fund is for visiting media professionals from Afghanistan who are enrolled in SCA's Summer Program. Candidates for fellowship preferably have working knowledge of the Afghan media industry.
- William J. Byron/Electronic Arts Endowed Scholarship Fund
The funds will be awarded to students intending to pursue a career in videogame development at SCA's Interactive Media & Games, with primary consideration given to students who further the interest of underrepresented minorities, particularly Latinos and African Americans in the interactive media industry.
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund
The funds will be awarded with a reference to those who intend to remain in US after graduation.
- Women In Film Student Support Fund
This is awarded to undergraduate or graduate females in TV & Film Production.