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

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.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund, the largest and most substantial endowment of its kind here at SCA, is specifically designated for deserving students who hail from outside the United States. Students must 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. Students who receive funds will be known as HFPA International Scholars.

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 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 web page.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

The Office of Student Affairs will notify all students who submit a completed application for admission information about the SCA scholarship application process. Please note that in order to be considered for SCA scholarships, domestic students are required to apply for Financial Aid at USC. Therefore, please make sure to complete your application for financial aid on time. Please visit the USC Financial Aid web page for more information about the financial aid process and application.

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 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Endowed International Student Support Fund, the largest and most substantial endowment of its kind here at SCA, is specifically designated for deserving students who hail from outside the United States. Students must 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. Students who receive funds will be known as HFPA International Scholars.

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 Office of Student Affairs will notify all students who submit a completed application for admission information about the SCA scholarship application process. Please note that in order to be considered for SCA scholarships, domestic students are required to apply for Financial Aid at USC. Therefore, please make sure to complete your application for financial aid on time. Please visit the USC Financial Aid web page for more information about the financial aid process and application.

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 Friday, February 1, 2019 and the deadline will be Saturday, March 2, 2019. 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.

  • Bijan Amin Student Support Fund Awarded to students who have a commitment to further the understanding and representation of the Iranian people and culture
  • Gene Autry Fund for Student Support Awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need
  • Galloping Horse Film Fund for Student Support Awarded to graduate and undergraduate students who show an interest to further advance the Chinese culture through film and media.
  • 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.
  • The Jonathan Bernbaum Memorial Fund Awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence and a strong interest in experimental art.
  • Rick Lynn Blustein Awarded to full-time students in John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television who evoke provocative spirit and critical thinking in their work
  • James Bridges Scholarship Awarded to graduate students in the Division of Film & Television Production for excellence in directing.
  • Dana & Albert Broccoli Foundation Scholarship Awarded to graduate students in the Division of Film & Television Production
  • Thomas B. Bush Memorial Scholarship Awarded to undergraduate or graduate Film & Television 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.
  • Gary Cooper Endowed Fund for Student Support Awarded to students from underrepresented 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 Awarded to undergraduate Cinematic Arts students who demonstrate financial need
  • Arthur Cruickshank Memorial Scholarship Awarded to Film & Television Production students studying special photographic effects
  • George Cukor Scholarship Awarded to graduate students in the Division of Cinema & Media Studies
  • Frank Daniel Endowment Fund Awarded to graduate students in the Division of Cinema & Media Studies
  • 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 the Interactive Media & Games Division 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 the Interactive Media & Games Division with an emphasis in games
  • Louis J. Favara Scholarship for Cinematography Awarded to Film & Television Production cinematography students for academic excellence
  • The Feingold Family and David Weitzner Endowed Student Support Fund Available to all Cinematic Arts students who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need
  • Robert S. Fergueson Marketing Award Awarded to students in the Peter Stark Producing Program
  • Fox Fellowship Endowment Fund Awarded to third-year graduate students enrolled in Animation & Digital Arts or Film & Television Production. The emphasis is on storytelling, making use of visual effects
  • The Pat Crowley and Andy Friendly Endowed Fund for Student Support Awarded to Film & Television Production students for academic excellence
  • Entertainment Partners Scholarship  Awarded to graduate production students who demonstrate a commitment to the role of producer in film production projects
  • Samuel and Lorenza Gary Memorial Award Awarded to students in Film & Television 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 Available to all Cinematic Arts student to support, encourage and educate new voices in the area of documentary filmmaking
  • William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship Fund General scholarship available to all Cinematic Arts students
  • 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
  • Lionsgate and Televisa Fund for Student Support Awarded to graduate students enrolled in Film and Television Production or John Wells Division of Writing for Screen & Television. Students should demonstrate strong financial need and commitment to advance Hispanic culture.
  • 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.
  • The Peter Morton Student Support Fund Awarded to undergraduate Cinematic Arts students who face significant financial hardships.
  • NAACP/CBS Student Support Fellowship Awarded to a rising senior undergraduate or final year graduate student in the John Wells Division of Writing for Screen and Television who further the interests of underrepresented minorities in the entertainment industry
  • National Association of Theatre Owners of California/Nevada USC SCA Fellowship in Film Award Awarded to graduate students in either Division of Writing, Division of Animation and Digital Arts or Film and Television Production who showcase outstanding achievement in their respective field of study.
  • 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
  • Pantelion Screenwriting Contest Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students from John Wells Division of Writing for Screen &Television whose original scripts target the interests of Latino audience
  • Mary Pickford Endowed Scholarship Distinguished scholar award available for all undergraduate and graduate Cinematic Arts students
  • The Brett Ratner Endowed Fund for Student Support Awarded to all Cinematic Arts students who have good academic standing
  • 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
  • The Sacks Family Endowed Student Support Fund Awarded to all Cinematic Arts students who demonstrate a significant financial need
  • John Sandifer Memorial Award Awarded to undergraduate Writing students for excellence in writing
  • The Sidoo Family Endowed Student Support Fund Need-based award available to undergraduate Cinematic Arts students who are in good academic standing
  • 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
  • Richard Sohn Memorial Endowed Scholarship Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence and financial need
  • 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
  • Frank Volpe Endowed Scholarship Available to all Cinematic Arts students for academic excellence and financial need