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Each Spring Quarter, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television awards eligible students approximately $3 million based on merit and need. All UCLA TFT students are eligible to apply. Students are given more information about the awards application and process during Winter Quarter. Click here for the most recent listing of awards recipients.

SCHOOLWIDE

ARMY ARCHERD FELLOWSHIP IN THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION
Award available to all undergraduate and graduate TFT majors based on artistic merit and financial need.

DANA AND ALBERT R. BROCCOLI CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
IN MEMORY OF ROBERT J. NATOL

Awarded to undergraduate Theater majors based on artistic merit and financial need.

EDNA AND YU-SHAN HAN ENDOWED AWARD
Need-based award available to undergraduates or graduates of Chinese descent, with a minimum GPA of 3.5.

FRED W. THORP FELLOWSHIP
Artistic and/or scholarly merit-based award for graduate students with financial need.

GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP IN COMEDY
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students for comedic excellence in Acting, Directing, Playwriting or Screenwriting.

GEORGIA FRONTIERE SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF THE HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS OF
AARON CURTIS TAYLOR

Academic merit-based award open to undergraduates and graduate displaying excellence in Cinema & Media Studies.

GILBERT CATES SCHOLARSHIP
Open to undergraduates or graduates. Award is based on academic or artistic merit in all TFT majors.

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
To provide scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television who demonstrate the greatest need.

HUGH DOWNS GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Awarded to graduate students in Theater and Film M.A. and Ph.D. programs displaying merit and financial need, preferably with an interest in broadcasting.

JAMES PENDLETON FOUNDATION PRIZE
Awarded to undergraduates or graduates displaying academic and artistic excellence in theater, film or television.

JOEL SIEGEL FELLOWSHIP
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students for academic merit and artistic talent.

JOHN H. AND PATRICIA W. MITCHELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND
To provide merit and/or financial need-based student support for students in the School of Theater, Film and Television. The Mitchell Scholarship Fund underscores the School’s vision and its strategic goals for the recruitment and retention of the most outstanding, talented, ethical and diverse students who will be part of a dynamic educational environment whose mission is grounded in the ideals of humanistic story, diversity, ethical leadership and inclusion. To maximize the impact of the Mitchell Scholarship Fund, the TFT Dean, in consultation with relevant faculty, may determine the number of full-ride, half-ride and quarter-ride Mitchell Scholarships among TFT’s undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are made for the prescribed number of years of study. New awards are made annually.

KOVLER FAMILY FELLOWSHIP IN THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION
Artistic merit and financial need based award open to graduate majors only.

MARIANNE J. MURPHY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Awarded to undergraduate students in Playwriting, Screenwriting, Directing and Acting who give voice to the unique perspective of female storytellers.

MICHAEL MINOR AND ROBERT GREEN SCHOLARSHIP
Merit and need-based award available in art direction or scenic design; open to all TFT undergraduates and graduates.

RICHARD LAWRENCE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Supports one UCLA TFT graduate student in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media or Theater who demonstrates excellence in art direction or scenic design and financial need.

ROSALEE SASS SCHOLARSHIP
Merit-based award available to graduate and undergraduate students in Theater

STEVE LAWRENCE AND EYDIE GORME SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate actors, writers, directors or producers showing artistic merit.

TERI SCHWARTZ FAMILY AND FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Scholarship will recruit, retain, and/or reward creative and academic excellence for students who are under-served and/or under-represented.

TERUKO KUBOTA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to an undergraduate student in Theater showing artistic merit.

UCLA TFT EXECUTIVE BOARD SCHOLARSHIP
Academic and artistic merit-based award available to undergraduates and graduates within all TFT majors, with a focus on those who are underserved.

ZURI ADELE FELLOWSHIP FOR HBCU ALUMNI
One award is available to a graduate of a HBCU pursuing their Masters in Fine Arts degree in any of UCLA TFT's programs.


DEPARTMENT OF THEATER


DANA LIND MEMORIAL DRAMA AWARD
Award available to undergraduate sophomores in Theater, focusing either on acting or production support.

DAVID C. BAUMGARTEN ENDOWED AWARD IN ACTING
Award available to undergraduate and graduates displaying artistic merit in Comedy Acting

DEMILLE AWARD IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Awarded to graduate students in Theater for merit in production design

DOROTHY BOCK MEMORIAL AWARD
Award open to undergraduate and graduate students displaying artistic merit in Acting.

THE EIKO ISHIOKA MEMORIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SET DESIGN
Awarded to one second-year M.F.A. set design student who demonstrates financial need and creative vision. The recipient shall share the vision of Academy Award-winning designer Eiko Ishioka.

FAITH SURABIAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN THEATER
Open to undergraduate theater majors who show artistic merit in Acting.

FINE ARTS TRUST AWARD
Award available to support research abroad in Europe or Japan for a Theater undergraduate or graduate displaying academic and artistic merit.

FLORENCE THEIL HERRSCHER AWARD IN THEATER ARTS
Award available to undergraduates and graduates in Theater based on artistic merit.

FRED HAYMAN FELLOWSHIP IN COSTUME DESIGN
Open to graduates showing artistic merit in Costume Design.

THE GARY GARDNER PLAYWRITING SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP
Awarded to any student studying playwriting, based on merit.

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION ACTING FELLOWSHIP
Awarded to graduate Acting students in Theater

JACK LARSON AWARD IN ACTING
The Bridges/Larson Foundation established The Jack Larson in Award in Acting. The Larson Award is selected on the basis of 1) scholastic record and creative ambition 2) commitment toward the integration of the written word with the techniques of acting 3) extraordinary experience in acting for the stage and/or screen, and 4) extraordinary ability to work with directors.

JACK NICHOLSON PRIZE IN ACTING
Merit-based prize available to undergraduate and graduate students in Acting.

THE JEANNIE MICHIKO KUBOTA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award based on merit and financial need, given to a female theater students of Asian-American descent.

JOHN AND FAITH SURABIAN AWARD IN MUSICAL THEATER
Awarded to undergraduate juniors or seniors demonstrating artistic merit in Musical Theater.

JOHN AND ROSEMARY RAITT SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSICAL THEATER
Award available to undergraduates in the Bolger Musical Theater Program.

JOHN AND SHARON SURABIAN AWARD IN MUSICAL THEATER
Awarded to undergraduate juniors or seniors demonstrating artistic merit in musical theater.

JUDITH AND MILTON R. STARK SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship based on artistic merit exhibited by undergraduates or graduates in Theater.

KENDRA PEREZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to one graduate student who gives voice to the unique perspective of Latino/a actors. Selection will be based on academic and artistic merit.

THE KENNETH MACGOWAN FAMILY PLAYWRITING AWARD
Established in the name of Kenneth Macgowan, a pioneer of film producing, as well as the first chair of the Department of Theater Arts at UCLA; awarded to undergraduate and graduate playwriting students in Theater who demonstrates financial need. Preference given to stories that represent a strong and positive family bond.

LANDIS FAMILY AWARD IN COSTUME DESIGN
Awarded to one M.F.A. costume design student who demonstrates financial need and creative vision. Created by the Landis Family, the family represents a hallmark in filmmaking and design for film and theater.

LAURA PELS FELLOWSHIP IN ACTING
Fellowship offered to graduate students in Acting who display artistic merit.

MARISKA HARGITAY SCHOLARSHIP FOR ACTING STUDENTS
Artistic Merit awarded to undergraduate and graduate Acting students in Theater.

MARK TRENT GOLDBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSICAL THEATER
Artistic merit-based award for undergraduates in the Bolger Musical Theater Program.

NATALIE WOOD ACTING AWARD
Awarded to an undergraduate sophomore or junior based on artistic merit in Acting.

RALPH FREUD FELLOWSHIP IN ACTING
Awarded to undergraduates or graduates showing artistic merit in Acting.

REBECCA SCHAEFFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ACTING
Open to upper-division female undergraduates and graduates showing artistic talent in Acting.

REACH FOR THE STARS AWARD
Merit and need-based award offered to undergraduate or graduate students in Theater.

ROBERT FORD CORRIGAN MEMORIAL AWARD
Open to graduate students in Design for best scene design.

ROD STEIGER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ACTING
Award available to undergraduates and graduates in Acting who show artistic merit.

SHARON SURABIAN MEMORIAL AWARD IN THEATER
Merit-based award available to undergraduate juniors or seniors majoring in Theater.

STAGE SPIRIT: DINI OSTROV AWARD IN PLAYWRITING
Award available to graduate playwrights displaying excellence in comedy writing or scripts featuring spirited women.

THE SWAROVSKI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN
Awarded to a graduate student in the design program

TIM ROBBINS AWARD IN PLAYWRITING
Open to undergraduate and graduate students exhibiting artistic merit in a innovative, full-length play dealing with social, political or religious themes.


DEPARTMENT OF FILM, TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA

410 FIRST-YEAR DIRECTOR'S AWARD
To support one first year graduate narrative directing student who demonstrates excellence and artistic merit in writing and directing.

THE ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION (THESIS AWARD)
Third-year M.F.A. Production/Directing student who demonstrates financial need and artistic merit. The recipient shall demonstrate great promise for success in the mainstream or independent film industry and give voice to the unique perspective of the women creators and storytellers.

ALAN S. JACOBSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Merit-based award open to Film and Television undergraduates.

THE ALEXANDRA LEDERER SCHOLARSHIP FOR M.F.A. SCREENWRITERS
Award will be distributed to one screenwriting M.F.A. student who, in the opinion of the Screenwriting faculty, through his or her work, most closely matches that of the vision of the Screenwriting Program.

ANDREW J. KUEHN, JR. MARKETING FELLOWSHIP
Open to graduates in the Producers Program exhibiting professional promise.

ANTONIO DAVID BLANCO FELLOWSHIP (THESIS AWARD)
Merit and need-based Thesis award available to graduates in Directing. Preference given to students of Venezuelan or Latin American descent.

ANTONIO DAVID BLANCO SCHOLARSHIP (THESIS AWARD)
Awarded to Film and Television undergraduate juniors with preference given to those of Venezuelan or Latin American descent; based on artistic merit and financial need.

THE AUDREY WELLS MEMORIAL "SAY YES!" SCHOLARSHIP, SUPPORTED BY PEARL STUDIO
This award is distributed annually to one undergraduate or graduate student concentrating in the area of screenwriting or directing who shall be selected based on merit, academic excellence, and one who will carry on the voice and vision of Audrey Wells — a voice for women, a voice of transformation and healing, a voice for diversity, and a voice of compassion. In odd-numbered years, screenwriting students will be eligible for the award, and in even-numbered years, directing students will be eligible for the award.

BANKY-LAROCQUE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP 2020
To recruit and retain one M.F.A. directing student who gives voice to the unique perspective of Latina filmmakers. The recipient shall be a California resident and selected based on financial need and academic excellence. Financial support will cover tuition and fees and UC health insurance, as well as provide for expenses related to housing, books and supplies, and transportation.

BILL LEE COMEDY AWARD
Artistic merit-based Thesis award available to graduate students in Directing.

CARD WALKER MOTION PICTURE FELLOWSHIP
Awarded to graduate students in Animation demonstrating artistic merit.

CARL DAVID MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN FILM AND VIDEO
Award available to graduates in Directing and Screenwriting to promote a positive image of gay and lesbian pride and culture.

CARROLL SAX AWARD IN MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION (THESIS AWARD)
Thesis award available to worthy Directing graduates to assist with the production costs of their Thesis film project.

CHARLES BOYER FRENCH RESEARCH AWARD
Award open to graduate students in Cinema & Media Studies and Directing.

CHARLES & LUCILLE KING FAMILY FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
Open to graduates advanced to candidacy for M.F.A. Award based on artistic merit in live-action, narrative film or video format for Thesis project.

DAN MCLAUGHLIN ANIMATION FELLOWSHIP
Artistic merit-based award available to graduate student in Animation.

DAVID C. BAUMGARTEN ENDOWED AWARD IN COMEDY WRITING
Award available to undergraduate and graduates displaying artistic merit in comedy writing.

DAVID KOEPP SCHOLARSHIP
Created by UCLA TFT alumnus David Koepp, this scholarship is awarded to one screenwriting student who, in the opinion of the Screenwriting faculty, through his or her work, most closely matches that of the vision of the Screenwriting Program: to concentrate on well-structured story inhabited by vivid, compelling characters, while captivating the audience through dialogue, scene, setting, texture, style and tone.

DELIA SALVI MEMORIAL AWARD (THESIS AWARD)
Established through the tremendous generosity of Delia Salvi, beloved faculty and alumna of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, awarded to graduate directing students in Film, Television and Digital Media who excel in the direction of actors.

DIANE FROLOV FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING
Awarded to one M.F.A. screenwriting student who demonstrates excellence in television writing.

DOROTHY ARZNER MEMORIAL AWARD
Artistic merit-based award for graduate students in the Directing and Producers Programs.

DUSTIN LANCE BLACK AWARD FOR ADVANCING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Need-based award distributed to one undergraduate student in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media who excels in storytelling that demonstrates and illuminates ways in which the world can be more accepting of diversity in any of its extraordinary forms.

EDIE GROSS MANET SCHOLARSHIP
Merit-based award offered to a Film and Television undergraduate embodying professional promise, passion and excellence in the field of film production.

EDIE AND LEW WASSERMAN FILM PRODUCTION FELLOWSHIP
Merit and need-based Thesis awards open to graduate students in Directing for the realization of their thesis project.

EVELYN TAPPIN MEMORIAL AWARD
Awarded to graduate screenwriting students based on merit, academic excellence, and one who gives unique voice to the perspective of women in screenwriting for film or television.

FELICIA D. HENDERSON SCREENWRITING FELLOWSHIP
Artistic merit-based award for graduates in Screenwriting with a screenplay depicting women in current or historical perspective.

FILM, TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION FUND
Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in Film, Television and Digital Media for student aid related to the production of coursework, funds are not to be used to cover tuition or living expenses.

FRANK GLICKSMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Award available to Film and Television undergraduate seniors showing artistic merit.

FREDERICO DE LAURENTIIS MEMORIAL AWARD (THESIS AWARD)
Merit and need-based Thesis award offered to graduate students in Directing.

FOREVER SUNNY SCHOLARSHIP
The Forever Sunny Directing Scholarship provides the recipient with support for four years to cover tuition and fees. In addition, in the recipient’s fourth year, up to $50,000 is to be allocated to the recipient’s thesis film to cover production costs. This recipient gives voice to the unique perspective of female storytellers, and shall demonstrate exceptional talent in film directing.

FOUR SISTERS SCHOLARSHIP IN SCREENWRITING, DIRECTING AND ANIMATION
Multiple awards available to undergraduates and graduates in Screenwriting, Directing and Animation based on merit and financial need. Project should depict some aspect of African American culture or experience.

THE GARUDA AWARD FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCREENWRITERS
The recipient shall be an international student who has demonstrated merit, academic excellence, and may have financial need, but does not have to have documented financial need.

GERALD HUGHES COMEDY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
Artistic merit; demonstrates passion and excellence in comedy film or television directing for animated, narrative and non-narrative genres.

HANI FARSI GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP: GIVING VOICE TO THE UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE OF ARAB WOMEN
To recruit, recognize, and retain one outstanding fully qualified graduate student with a scholarship opportunity to pursue and complete an M.F.A. degree in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. This student, who is sympathetic to and shares a deep understanding of the perspective of women in the Middle East, will add their voice to a new array of outstanding, diverse and creatively promising storytellers who enter the professional world as leaders in the entertainment and performing arts industries. The Hani Farsi Scholar could hail from anywhere in the Arab world (defined as anywhere from the 22 Arab League countries). The scholar will bring a strong potential for storytelling and through their stories will foster a unique perspective of Arab women.

HERMAN KASS PRIZE IN MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION (THESIS AWARD)
Thesis award available to Directing graduate students demonstrating artistic merit and financial need, with project limited to the entertainment genre.

HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP (THESIS AWARD)
Merit-based award available to Advance Project and Thesis level graduate students demonstrating excellence in film directing.

HOWARD J. GREEN AWARD IN SCREENWRITING
Merit-based award open to Screenwriting undergraduate and graduate students.

ION PICTURES SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Film and Television undergraduates showing artistic merit and financial need.

JACK NICHOLSON DISTINGUISHED STUDENT DIRECTOR AWARD
Awarded to graduates in Directing based on artistic merit.

JACK NICHOLSON PRIZE IN SCREENWRITING
Awarded to graduates or undergraduates in Screenwriting showing artistic merit and financial need.

JACK K. SAUTER AWARD
Awarded to graduates in Critical Studies, Directing or Screenwriting displaying merit in television.

JAY GROSSMAN COMEDY WRITING AWARD
Award open to Screenwriting undergraduate and graduate students for excellence in comedic writing.

JENNIFER MOMTAZEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Open to undergraduate Film and Television students showing academic merit and artistic talent.

JERRY M. COX MEMORIAL AWARD
Merit-based scholarship open to graduate students in Animation.

JIM MORRISON FILM AWARD
Award available to graduates and undergraduates in Directing based on artistic merit and financial need.

JOSEPH W. DROWN AWARD FOR MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION (THESIS AWARD)
Artistic merit and need-based Thesis award for graduate students in Directing in order to complete their thesis film.

THE KEMP R. NIVER SCHOLARSHIP IN FILM HISTORY AT UCLA
Demonstrate professional promise, academic interest, and a focus in the field of film history, understood in its broadest sense. For example, this would include the study of film preservation, film archiving, or film’s relationship to society.

THE KENNETH MACGOWAN FAMILY SCREENWRITING AWARD
Awarded to Directing undergraduates and graduates.

LARRY THOR MEMORIAL AWARD
Screenwriting award available to graduate students demonstrating artistic merit.

LEO ROSNER FOUNDATION/MARCY L. WACHTEL SCHOLARSHIP
Available to a graduate student enrolled in the Producers Program; awarded based on merit and need.

LYNN WESTON FELLOWSHIP IN FILM (THESIS AWARD)
Thesis award available to female graduates in Directing who are devoted to their craft and the creation of films.

MARY PICKFORD AWARD
Award available for graduates demonstrating artistic merit in Documentary Filmmaking.

MELINDA T. SZALOKY MEMORIAL AWARD FOR STUDENT EXCELLENCE IN FILM STUDIES
This award will be awarded annually to one student who, in the opinion of the faculty, through his or her work, has demonstrated research and writing excellence as a scholar whose diverse, innovative voice enlightens, engages, and inspires change for a better world. The recipient will be known as the Melinda Szaloky Scholar.

MILTON SPERLING FELLOWSHIP FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCREENWRITING
Merit and need-based fellowship available to graduates in Screenwriting.

MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA AWARD
Multiple awards available to undergraduates and graduates in Directing.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THEATRE OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA/NEVADA FELLOWSHIP IN FILM
Merit and need-based award offered to California or Nevada resident graduates in Directing, Screenwriting, Producers’ Program or Animation.

OLIVER'S PRIZE
Open to Screenwriting graduates showing excellence in a screenplay written for children, either live-action or animated.

OTIS FERGUSON MEMORIAL AWARD IN CRITICAL WRITING
Open to graduates in Cinema & Media Studies for academic merit in critical writing.

PETER STARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Merit-based award offered to undergraduate students in Film and Television.

PLITT SOUTHERN THEATER EMPLOYEES TRUST FELLOWSHIP
Open to graduates in Cinema & Media Studies who encourage and promote academic research into the relationship between American motion pictures and American society.

PRUDENCE MACGOWAN FAXON DOCUMENTARY AWARD
Open to FTVDM cinematography, Producers Program and production/directing students who demonstrates financial need and excellence in documentary filmmaking.

REEL SPIRIT: DINI OSTROV AWARD IN SCREENWRITING
Award offered to graduate students in Screenwriting displaying artistic merit; preference given to comedy writing and/or script featuring spirited women.

RICHARD WALTER AND LEW HUNTER SCREENWRITING FUND
One screenwriting student with deep financial need who demonstrates strength in writing and whose merit will benefit from the support.

ROCCO VIGLIETTA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN FILM
Open to undergraduate juniors displaying artistic merit and financial need. Preference given to those with family descent from the Bronx or greater New York.

RON BAHAM MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN COMEDY
Awarded to screenwriting graduate students showing artistic merit in comedy television writing.

SEAN EVANS MEMORIAL AWARD
Awarded to Film and Television undergraduates for best social documentary or dramatic production.

STEPHEN N. GERSHENSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Need and merit-based award available to Screenwriting undergraduates and graduates, with a preference given to comedy.

TESHOME GABRIEL MEMORIAL AWARD
Award is intended to support research/travel in the area of emerging cinemas, diaspora cinemas and the study of film and social change, especially with regard to Africa.

UCLA/ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION SCREENWRITING AND DIRECTING FELLOWSHIPS

VINCENT E. DE FRANCES SCHOLARSHIP IN ANIMATION
Merit-based award for graduate students in Animation.

WIF DUMMER TELEVISION AWARD
Undergraduate student majoring in FTVDM, who academically and artistically excels in any television production class and whose merit suggests a promising career within the television industry.

WILLIAM J. AND LEE PHILLIP BELL/THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS FELLOWSHIP IN TELEVISION
Screenwriting graduate students are eligible for this merit-based award in dramatic writing for television.

WOMEN IN FILM/ELEANOR PERRY WRITING AWARD, WITH THE GENEROSITY OF UNIVERSAL
Open to female graduate students in Screenwriting demonstrating artistic merit in a screenplay depicting women in current or historical perspective.

WOMEN IN FILM/LOREEN ARBUS FELLOWSHIP IN CINEMATOGRAPHY, WITH THE GENEROSITY OF
UNTITLED ENTERTAINMENT

Open to female undergraduates and graduates in Directing with a specialty in cinematography; based on artistic merit and financial need.

WOMEN IN FILM/VERNA FIELDS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP, WITH THE GENEROSITY OF UTA
Open to female graduate students in Directing displaying financial need; given to assist with the editing and screenwriting of thesis project.