Both the University of Southern California and the School of Cinematic Arts offer students several options to help assist them to fund their educational expenses. For detailed information about USC financial aid, please visit the USC Financial Aid website.

Prospective Graduate Student Scholarships

All graduate applicants who wish to apply for SCA scholarships, must submit the SCA Scholarship Application, which will be available only to applicants who submit a complete application for admission. The scholarship application will open on Monday, September 19th and the deadline to apply is Monday, October 3rd. No applications will be accepted after the deadline. To access the application click here.

The George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity
The purpose of this fund is to support incoming, full-time graduate students with underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry. Students must maintain 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.

Shriram Family Graduate Student Support Fund
The purpose of The Shriram Family Fellowship is to support deserving, incoming, 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 Robert Rodriguez Fellowships to Support New Voices in Entertainment funded by The USC Fogelman Family Fund for Diversity

This award is open to applicants of the MFA Writing for Screen and Television program only. This award was created by FactoryMade Ventures CEO John Fogelman and is named in honor of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Sin City, Spy Kids). Fogelman and Rodriguez recently launched the El Rey Network, an English-language cable network for Latinos. The purpose of this fund is to support students with underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry, with priority consideration given to candidates who demonstrate work targeting the interests of Latino-American audiences. Two recipients will be selected to receive $25,000 each during the 2016-17 academic year. In addition, recipients may also be invited to participate in internships and mentorships.

The Grillo-Marxuach Family Fellowships
This award is open to applicants of the MFA Writing for Screen and Television program only. This award is funded by the Grillo-Marxuach Family, represented by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who earned an MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television's Graduate Screenwriting Program in 1993, and is one of the Emmy Award-winning writer/producers of Lost and creator of The Middleman. The purpose of this award is to support, encourage and educate students with underrepresented voices within the entertainment industry, with priority consideration given to candidates who have demonstrated unique knowledge or firsthand experience of - or a dedicated interest in — Hispanic language and culture.

USC Scholarships
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 Undergraduate Students

The George Lucas Family Foundation Endowed Student Support Fund for Diversity
The purpose of this fund is to support incoming, full-time undergraduate students with underrepresented voices in the entertainment industry. Students must maintain 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.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Fund for Student Support
This 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 scholarship application is available within the School of Cinematic Arts' supplemental application on SlideRoom.  Please note that in order to be considered for this award, domestic students are required to apply for Financial Aid at USC.  Therefore, please make sure to complete your application for financial aid on time.  You can find more information about the financial aid process here: http://www.usc.edu/admission/fa/undergraduates/prospective/applying.html.  

Please note: in order to start your SlideRoom application, you must first begin your Common Application and indicate that you intend to apply to the School of Cinematic Arts. 

If you have any questions about this scholarship opportunity please contact the SCA Office of Student Services at studentservices@cinema.usc.edu.

Current School of Cinematic Arts Students

The School of Cinematic Arts offers numerous scholarships to students who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program within the School of Cinematic Arts. Unfortunately, scholarships are not available for students in the Cinematic Arts minor programs.

For current SCA students, the online application will become available in SCA Community under the Scholarships tool on Monday, February 1, 2016 and the deadline will be Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Please login into SCA Community for application requirements and additional scholarship information.

USC School of Cinematic Arts Endowed Scholarships

Below is a listing of many of the scholarships offered primarily to continuing students by the School of Cinematic Arts. In addition to these awards, additional scholarships may be available in any given year.

  • 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 Cinema & Media 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 in Writing 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