Scholarships and Fellowships
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.
ALLIES FOR ADVANCING DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIP
To support UCLA TFT to recruit and retain undergraduate or graduate film or theater students whose personal and professional experience includes issues of how race impacts the African American woman's experience. This scholarship does not preclude any one from a particular race or ethnicity from being eligible as long as they otherwise meet the stated criteria.
ARTHUR FRIEDMAN SCHOLARSHIP IN THEATER AND TELEVISION
To support student aid in the School of Theater, Film and Television.
DIANE FROLOV OPPORTUNITY FUND FOR CREATORS
To support a scholarship for a student who demonstrates excellence in theater or film and seeks to overcome food or housing inequity or insecurity.
EDNA AND YU-SHAN HAN ENDOWED AWARD
To support graduate students of Chinese descent (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong), GPA of 3.5 or better, and be of good character. Consideration for financial need and merit, however financial need is not an overriding priority.
THE FRED HAYMAN FUND - STUDENT FINANCIAL AID
To support student aid under the direction and discretion of the Dean, School of Theater, Film and Television.
GEORGIA FRONTIERE SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF THE HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS OF AARON CURTIS TAYLOR
To support scholarships to worthy undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the School of Theater, Film and Television. The fund will offer financial aid and encouragement to those students who study or demonstrate professional promise and/or academic excellence in the aesthetics and techniques of art history, film and theater critical studies.
THE GILBERT CATES SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP IN THEATER, FILM AND TELEVISION
To support undergraduates or graduates. Award is based on academic or artistic merit in all TFT majors.
JAMES B. PENDLETON ENDOWED AWARDS
To support scholarships or fellowships in the School of Theater, Film and Television on an alternate-year basis between the Department of Theater and the Department of Film and Television. Selection criteria, the number and amount of the awards will be determined by the respective departmental faculty awards committees.
JOHN H. AND PATRICIA W. MITCHELL ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP FUND
To support merit and/or financial need-based student support for students in the School of Theater, Film, and Television.
THE LYNN STALMASTER FELLOWSHIP
To support an MFA acting or directing student who demonstrates exceptional achievement in character portrayal.
RICHARD LAWRENCE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
To support one 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
To support an annual named scholarship to eligible undergraduate or graduate student applicants demonstrating artistic or academic excellence and passion in the fields of theater, film and television. Rotates annually between departments.
THE SEAN SLATTERY MEMORIAL LGBTQ+ VOICES AWARD
To support an award or prize that recognizes exceptional contributions to the advancement of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and issues through theatre, film, and television. Graduate and undergraduate students of any orientation and any discipline within TFT may submit pieces for consideration. Pieces must fall into one of the following categories: 1) Completed short or feature films, 2) Feature film screenplays, 3) Original television pilot scripts (one-hour or half-hour), 4) Stage plays (full-length only). All work must have been completed as part of a course study at TFT. Pieces will be evaluated for central themes and characters that advance perceptions and elevate the discourse about LGBT people, the LGBT community, and related issues. In addition to submitting work, all students must submit a short personal statement of 500 words or less describing how the submitted piece seeks to advance issues of social justice and equality.
STEVE LAWRENCE — EYDIE GORME FUND / TFT
To support annual scholarships in the School of Theater, Film and Television to students who are actors, directors, writers, producers, singers, instrumentalists, composers, or arrangers.
TERI SCHWARTZ FAMILY AND FRIENDS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
To support an annual scholarship to worthy underrepresented undergraduate or graduate student in the School of Theater, Film & Television's film or theater programs. Eligible recipients must be a registered undergraduate student in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better at UCLA for their overall GPA, and a 3.4 or better in their major, and enrolled in The School of Theater, Film and Television; and/or registered graduate student in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.4 or better in their major at UCLA, and enrolled in The School of Theater, Film and Television.
DEPARTMENT OF THEATER
THE COSTUME DESIGN ALUMNI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COSTUME DESIGN
To support one costume design student annually. The recipient shall demonstrate merit, academic excellence, and may have financial need, but does not have to have documented financial need.
DANA AND ALBERT R. BROCCOLI CHARITABLE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP IN MEMORY OF ROBERT J. NATOL (THEATER)
To support undergraduate scholarship(s) in the Department of Theater.
DAVID C. BAUMGARTEN ENDOWED AWARD IN COMEDY ACTING
To support enrolled undergraduate and graduates displaying artistic merit in comedy acting.
FAITH SURABIAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN THEATER
To support an annual scholarship to a worthy undergraduate student who displays passion and excellence in theater.
FLORENCE THEIL HERRSCHER AWARD FUND
To support students who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence in theatrical productions.
THE GARY GARDNER PLAYWRITING SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP
To support students in the study of Playwriting within the Theater Department at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
HUGH DOWNS FUND
To support annual need-based awards to acting students who demonstrate excellence in performance for television.
JEANNE MICHIKO KUBOTA SCHOLARSHIP
To recruit and retain of an undergraduate Theater student entering the UCLA Department of Theater program. The student will be given a full-ride scholarship to UCLA TFT for their BA degree.
THE JOANNE STOLAROFF COTSEN AWARD IN COSTUME DESIGN
To support one MFA costume design student who demonstrates financial need and creative vision.
JOHN AND SHARON SURABIAN AWARD IN MUSICAL THEATER
To support annual scholarships to worthy undergraduate juniors and seniors who display passion and excellence in musical theater.
JUDITH & MILTON R. STARK SCHOLARSHIP FUND/TFT
To support scholarships to worthy undergraduate students with demonstrated professional promise in any of the art forms of music, dance theater, or art with demonstrated financial need.
THE LANDIS FAMILY AWARD IN COSTUME DESIGN
To support an annual $5,000 award to one MFA costume design student who demonstrates financial need and creative vision.
THE MARISKA HARGITAY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT
To support a scholarship for an acting student.
MARK TRENT GOLDBERG MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT FUND IN MUSICAL THEATER
To support student aid in musical theater. Recipients must demonstrate professional promise, artistic talent, passion and excellence in the field of musical theater. Minimum award amount $2,500. Alternately, the faculty in the Department of Theater may use available interest to support the annual Bolger Musical Theater production.
RALPH FREUD FELLOWSHIP IN ACTING
To support scholarships and fellowships to students whose major emphasis in the field is acting.
THE REACH FOR THE STARS AWARD
To support annual scholarships or fellowships to worthy undergraduate or graduate students in the Department of Theater who displays passion and excellence in theater. Recipients must demonstrate professional promise, artistic talent, energy, passion and excellence in the field of theater, with demonstrated financial need. Minimum award amount is $2,500.
REBECCA SCHAEFFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ACTING
To award scholarships to upper division undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Department of Theater at UCLA.
ROBERT FORD CORRIGAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
To support an annual scholarship to an outstanding scene designer in the Department of Theater. The recipient may be either an undergraduate or graduate student. Maximum award amount is $500. Maximum number of awards is one.
SHARON SURABIAN MEMORIAL AWARD IN THEATER
To support annual scholarships to worthy undergraduate juniors and seniors who display passion and excellence in acting.
DEPARTMENT OF FILM, TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA
THE ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION THESIS AWARD
To support a third-year MFA 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
To support one awards to outstanding undergraduate students in the Department of Film and Television. The award is to be used by the recipients to help defray film production costs.
THE ANDREW J. KUEHN, JR. FUND FOR PRODUCING AND MEDIA MARKETING
To support a producing student exemplifying professional promise and will pursue internship in media marketing. The recipient must present internship journal detailing experience for review by faculty and donor.
BANKY LAROCQUE FOUNDATION/DONNA DEITCH SCHOLARSHIP
To recruit and retain one M.F.A. directing student who gives voice to the unique perspective of women. 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 books and supplies, and transportation.
THE BOBBY GREENBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
To support a UCLA TFT student who demonstrates merit and academic excellence in cinematography whose creative work is involved with or is allied with Jewish culture and/or lived experience. This scholarship may also be awarded to a student who demonstrates merit and academic excellence in cinematography.
CARD WALKER MOTION PICTURE FELLOWSHIP
To support graduate students in Animation demonstrating artistic merit.
CARROLL SAX AWARD IN MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION
To support a worthy student with the production costs of his/her student film thesis project. Each year the recipient will be chosen by meeting the criteria of professional promise, intellectual ability, and financial need. Eligibility is as follow: 1) the student must have demonstrated professional promise; 2) the student's final thesis film proposal must have been approved by committee; 3) the student must use the award monies in connection with filming developing, and editing his/her final thesis film. Final film will be available for viewing by Mrs. Sax or her representatives. The student must be eligible for financial aid during the academic year in which the award is administered.
DAN MCLAUGHLIN ANIMATION FUND
To support scholarships/fellowships for Animation students and discretionary support for the activities of the UCLA Animation Workshop.
DAVID C. BAUMGARTEN ENDOWED AWARD IN COMEDY WRITING
To support enrolled undergraduate and graduates displaying artistic merit in comedy writing.
THE DELIA SALVI MEMORIAL THESIS AWARD
To support up to three student directors annually who exemplify outstanding talent in the direction of actors.
DIANE FROLOV FELLOWSHIP IN SCREENWRITING
To support one MFA screenwriting student who demonstrates excellence in television writing.
DUSTIN LANCE BLACK AWARD FOR ADVANCING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
To support the annual Dustin Lance Black Award for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion for an undergraduate student in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.
EDIE AND LEW WASSERMAN FILM PRODUCTION FELLOWSHIPS
To support fellowships to outstanding graduate students enrolled in the Department of Film and Television. The purpose of these awards is to provide substantive support to students who would otherwise be financially unable to complete their Masters of Fine Arts thesis films.
FEDERICO DE LAURENTIIS MEMORIAL THESIS AWARD
To support an annual award to an outstanding graduate student with demonstrated professional promise to assist with the production costs of his/her film thesis project. The recipient must use the award monies to defray the costs of filming, developing, and editing of his/her final thesis film.The final film will be available for viewing by Mr. Dino De Laurentis or his representatives upon request. The recipient's final thesis proposal must have been approved by his/her committee. The recipient must be eligible for financial aid during the academic year in which the award is administered.
FILM, TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION FUND
To support the production of required student film coursework, restricted to the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.
FOUR SISTERS SCHOLARSHIP IN SCREENWRITING, DIRECTING AND ANIMATION
To support 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.
GERALD HUGHES COMEDY DIRECTING SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP
To support scholarships and fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating passion and excellence in comedy film or television directing.
HERMAN KASS THESIS AWARD
To support an annual award to assist a worthy student with the production costs of his/her student film thesis project. Recipient must demonstrate financial need.
HOWARD J. GREEN AWARD IN SCREENWRITING
To support an outstanding screenwriting student in good standing at the discretion of the screenwriting faculty.
ION PICTURES ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP
To support scholarships to outstanding undergraduates in film production to finance their projects. Candidates must show proof of financial need.
JACK NICHOLSON DISTINGUISHED STUDENT DIRECTOR AWARD
To support an annual award given to outstanding directing graduate students enrolled in the Department of Film and Television.
JAY GROSSMAN COMEDY WRITING AWARD
To support awards in screenwriting for excellence in comedic writing awarded to undergraduate or graduate students.
THE JEAN AND RUTH NEGULESCO ENDOWMENT FELLOWSHIP
To support annual fellowships to graduate school directors of theatrical movies.
JIM MORRISON FILM FUND
To support scholarships and fellowships to worthy undergraduates and graduates enrolled in the Department of Film and Television who demonstrate financial need. Minimum award $5,000.
THE KEMP R. NIVER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
To support two fellowships to registered Ph.D. graduate student in good academic standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or better at UCLA, enrolled in the Ph.D. program of Cinema Media Studies in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media. The recipient must make regular progress toward the Ph.D. degree according to the rules and regulations of the Department established programs. Students must be continuing students and must be enrolled in the Fall following the award to receive this award. Demonstrate professional promise, academic interest, and a focus in the field of Film History, understood in its broadest sense (e.g. study of film preservation, film archiving, or film‚ relationship to society).
THE LARRY THOR MEMORIAL FUND
To support an award to be given to students specializing in screenwriting. Minimum award amount is $200.
LEO ROSNER FOUNDATION / MARCY L. WACHTEL SCHOLARSHIPS
To support graduate students in the Producers Program based on merit and need.
LYNN WESTON FELLOWSHIP IN FILM
To support an annual fellowship in film, awarded to an outstanding graduate student. The recipients of the fellowship will agree to the following credit to all of their film products as "A Lynn Weston Fellow," while at UCLA.
MARY PICKFORD AWARD
To support scholarships and fellowships to worthy enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must demonstrate professional and artistic talent in the aesthetics of film directing and production and demonstrate financial need.
MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA AWARDS FUND
To support worthy graduate production/directing students in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.
OTIS FERGUSON MEMORIAL AWARD IN CRITICAL WRITING
To support an annual award to recognize and encourage significant critical writing in film and television by a graduate student enrolled in the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.
PLITT SOUTHERN THEATER EMPLOYEES TRUST ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP
To support fellowships to outstanding graduate students to defray educational costs and to encourage academic research into the theatrical exhibition aspect of the motion picture industry.
THE PRUDENCE MACGOWAN FAXON DOCUMENTARY AWARD
To support an annual award to one student (cinematography, producers program, or production/directing) who demonstrates financial need and excellence in documentary filmmaking. Minimum award amount is $2,000.
RICHARD WALTER AND LEW HUNTER SCREENWRITING FUND
To support one screenwriting student with deep financial need who demonstrates strength in writing and whose merit will benefit from the support.
SEAN EVANS MEMORIAL AWARD
To support undergraduates for best social documentary/dramatic production.
STEPHEN N. GERSHENSON MEMORIAL FUND
To support scholarships to worthy undergraduates enrolled in the Department of Film and Television at UCLA. Must show proof of financial need. Recipients will demonstrate professional promise and artistic talent in the aesthetics and techniques of film and television screenwriting, with first preference in the area of comedy and be of good moral character.
THE SUBER SCHOLARSHIP
To support one student in each of the following three areas; Producers Program, Screenwriting Program, and Cinema & Media Studies.
UCLA / ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION SCREENWRITING AND DIRECTING FELLOWSHIPS
To support graduate students who write scripts and create films with plausible science.
WIF / ELEANOR PERRY WRITING AWARD
To support graduate students in Screenwriting demonstrating artistic merit in a screenplay depicting women in current or historical perspective.
WIF / LOREEN ARBUS ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP
To support a cinematography fellowship in the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media.