Prospective and Newly Admitted Students

There are a very limited number of School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) scholarships available to incoming students. All applicants who submit the application for admission by the deadline will be invited to complete the SCA Scholarship Application. Scholarship decisions for newly admitted students will be based on the scholarship application, the application for admission to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and/or financial need as determined by the USC Financial Aid Office. Please see the appropriate section below based on undergraduate-level scholarship opportunities and graduate-level opportunities.

In addition to SCA scholarships, prospective students are also encouraged to consider USC scholarships. The University maintains a number of prestigious scholarship programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. To learn more about the various programs and application procedures, please visit the USC Financial Aid Scholarship web page.

A full list of university sponsored awards can also be found here.

Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students

All freshman and transfer applicants who submit the application for admission by the deadline are invited to complete the School of Cinematic Arts Cohen Scholarship Application. All students who submit the scholarship application by the deadline will be considered for need-based scholarships funded by The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support. Scholarship decisions are based on the scholarship application, the application for admission to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and financial need as determined by the USC Financial Aid Office.

This need-based scholarship is awarded to incoming undergraduate students enrolled full-time in the School of Cinematic Arts who are dealing with and/or have overcome life obstacles resulting in financial distress. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing to be eligible. The purpose of this award is to support deserving students for whom affordability may be a primary burden and who might otherwise be unable to pursue their educational goals at USC. Recipients will be named Cohen Scholars and may renew this award as long as they satisfy the eligibility criteria each year.

The School of Cinematic Arts Cohen Scholarship Application will become available only to applicants who submitted a complete application for admission. For 2015-16 freshmen applicants, the application link will be made available here on January 5, 2015. For 2015-16 transfer applicants, the application link will be made available here on March 2, 2015. Applicants will need their 10-digit USC ID numbers to access the application. If you don't know your USCID number, please contact USC's Admission Office by phone (213-740-1111) or email.

Prospective Graduate Students

All graduate applicants who complete the application for admission by the admission deadline are invited to complete a School of Cinematic Arts Scholarship application. Scholarship decisions for newly admitted graduate students will be based on the merits of the scholarship application, the student's application for admission to the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and/or financial need as determined by the USC Office of Financial Aid.

The School of Cinematic Arts Cohen Scholarship Application will become available only to applicants who submitted a complete application for admission. The application link will be made available here on January 5, 2015. Applicants will need their 10-digit USC ID numbers to access the application. If you don't know your USCID number, please contact USC's Admission Office by phone (213-740-1111) or email.

Applicants will be considered for a number of endowed SCA scholarships, as well as the awards below:

Shriram Family Graduate Student Support Fund

The purpose of The Shriram Family Fellowship is to support deserving full-time graduate students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts for whom affordability may be an obstacle, and who might otherwise be unable to pursue their educational goals at USC. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good academic standing. This award is renewable as long as the student satisfies the eligibility criteria each year. Recipients will be named Shriram Fellows and will have the opportunity to meet with the donor(s).

The Lionsgate and Televisa Fund for Student Support

This award is open to applicants of the MFA Writing for Screen and Television program, with primary consideration given to students who demonstrate strong financial need and those who further the interests of underrepresented minorities, particularly within the Hispanic community. Recipients of this award will be named Pantelion Fellows and will receive tuition and fee assistance annually for up to two years of study at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Pantelion Fellows may also have the opportunity to interview for an internship at Pantelion prior to their graduation date.

Current School of Cinematic Arts Students

The School of Cinematic Arts offers numerous scholarships to Cinematic Arts majors who have completed at least one semester in their degree program. Unfortunately, scholarships are not available for students in the Cinematic Arts minor programs. A separate application is required for the Cinematic Arts scholarships, and is available to currently enrolled students at the beginning of the spring semester for the following academic year. Competition for scholarships is significant. Recipients are selected on academic merit and/or financial need.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Endowed Scholarships

Below is a listing of many of the scholarships offered by the School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to these awards, additional scholarships may be available in any given year. Please refer to the information above for information on being considered for these scholarships.

Gene Autry Fund for Student Support
Need-based award available to all Cinematic Arts students

Sandra and Malcolm Berman Family Endowment Fund for the Support of Producing
Awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated the skills and qualifications to excel as a creative producer.

James Bridges Scholarship
Awarded to graduate students in the Division of Film & Television Production for excellence in directing.

Dana & Albert Broccoli Foundation Scholarship
Distinguished scholar award available for graduate students in Production

Thomas B. Bush Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate Production students for excellence in cinematography

Johnny Carson Endowed Student Support Fund
Awarded for academic merit to students in the Division of Film and Television Production, with primary consideration given to students who originate from the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area or the communities surrounding the University of Southern California.

Cinema Circulus Scholarship
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence

Gary Cooper Endowed Fund for Student Support
Awarded to students from under-represented ethnic backgrounds with primary consideration given to American Indian students

Barbara Corday Endowed Fund for Student Support
Awarded to graduate Production students studying dramatic episodic writing with priority consideration given to female students from underrepresented minorities with financial need.

Pierre Cossette Endowed Fund for Student Support
Need-based award available to all undergraduate Cinematic Arts students

Arthur Cruickshank Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to Production cinematography students studying special photographic effects

George Cukor Scholarship
Awarded to graduate students in the Division of Critical Studies

Frank Daniel Endowment Fund
Available to students in the Division of Writing for Screen & Television

Joseph Drown/Tania Trepanier Foundation Endowed Award
Awarded to graduate students whose work demonstrates self awareness, compassion and a commitment to advancing humanistic values

Electronic Arts/William J. Byron Endowed Fund for Student Support
Available to current students from diverse ethnic and gender backgrounds who are enrolled in Interactive Media with an emphasis in games

Electronic Arts Endowed Fund For Student Support
Available to current students from diverse ethnic and gender backgrounds who are enrolled in Interactive Media with an emphasis in games

Louis J. Favara Scholarship for Cinematography
Awarded to Production cinematography students for academic excellence

Robert S. Fergueson Marketing Award
Awarded to students in the Peter Stark Producing Program

Samuel and Lorenza Gary Memorial Award
Awarded to students in Production who are studying to become directors.

C. Stephen Gentry Memorial Scholarship
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence and financial need

Bud Greenspan Endowed Fund for Student Support
These funds will be used to support, encourage and educate new voices in the area of documentary filmmaking

Rock Hudson Memorial Scholarship
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence and financial need

John Huston Scholarship
Awarded for excellence in directing to senior undergraduate or graduate students in Production.

In2TV/Freddie Prinze Endowed Fund for Student Support
Diversity award for students furthering the interests of Hispanic minorities in the areas of writing, producing or directing for television.

Jeffrey Jones Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate Production students for writing excellence

Bernard Kantor Scholarship
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence

Irvin Kershner Fund for Documentary Filmmaking
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students for documentary projects that inspire audiences to create a healthier, more just, more peaceful world, with priority consideration given to students working on projects that raise awareness of environmental challenges facing humanity.

Charles Lang Endowed Scholarship
Awarded to a Production student whose concentration is in cinematography and who shows outstanding artistic and academic abilities

Irving Lerner Foundation Award
Awarded by faculty recommendation to graduate Production students for project finishing funds

Sol Lesser Scholarship
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for merit and financial need

Burton Lewis Endowed Fund
General scholarship awarded to students in the School of Cinematic Arts

Harold C. Lloyd Foundation Scholarship
Available to Cinematic Arts students for excellence in the study of the motion picture industry

Arthur and Lillie Mayer Foundation Scholarship
Awarded by faculty recommendation to graduate Production students for project finishing funds

E. Russell McGregor Memorial Scholarship
General scholarship awarded to students in the School of Cinematic Arts

William Mechanic Endowed Fund for Student Support
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for merit and financial need

George Moody Endowed Fund for Student Support
Awarded to assist School of Cinematic Arts Students from the state of Illinois.

Jack Nicholson Scholarship - Directing
Awarded to undergraduate seniors and graduate production students for excellence in directing

Jack Nicholson Scholarship - Writing
Awarded to undergraduate seniors and graduate cinematic arts students for excellence in screenwriting

Jack Oakie Comedy Scholarship
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students for excellence in writing or directing comedy

Mary Pickford Endowed Scholarship
Distinguished scholar award available for all undergraduate and graduate cinematic arts students

Sandy Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Motion Picture Editing
Awarded to an undergraduate Production student entering their third year who demonstrates a positive, fun-loving spirit and a desire to pursue a career as a professional editor.

Anna and Ray Romano Family Endowed Fund for Student Support
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for merit and financial need

Jay Roach Endowed Fund for Student Support
Awarded to writing students who demonstrate a commitment to encouraging humanistic values, self awareness and generosity of spirit while successfully entertaining their audience

Marguerite Roberts Screenwriting Award
Awarded to a female student of either junior or senior standing inWwriting who demonstrates integrity, generosity and intellect

John Sandifer Memorial Award
Awarded to undergraduate Writing students for excellence in writing

Frank Sinatra Fund for Student Support
Academic merit and need-based award available to all cinematic arts students

Edward Small Memorial Award - Directing
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate Production students for excellence in directing

Edward Small Memorial Award - Writing
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate Writing students for excellence in writing

Frances and Ray Stark Scholarship
Awarded for academic excellence for graduate students in the Peter Stark Producing Program

The Barney Rosenzweig Endowment Fund for Student Support
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence, with primary consideration given to female students with financial need.

Edward Thomas Troutner Endowed Student Fund
Academic merit and need-based award available to all cinematic arts students

USC Associates Scholarships
Academic merit and need based award available to all cinematic arts students

Frank Volpe Endowed Scholarship
Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence and financial need