Scholarships

School of Cinema Awards

Application deadline for all scholarships is May 8 at 4:00pm. For application requirements and to apply please go to the Academic Works website, https://sfsu.academicworks.com/users/sign_in. All scholarships will be disbursed in the fall.

Gordon Thomas Memorial Scholarship

The Gordon “Don” Thomas (1967 - 2003) Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a San Francisco State University junior, senior or graduate student, currently attending SFSU and majoring in Cinema with an emphasis in Animation. Gordon “Don” Thomas, animator and filmmaker, earned the first Master of Fine Arts in Cinema with an Animation emphasis, at San Francisco State University in June 2001. He designed his own program concentrating in 2D and 3D computer animation and 3D stop motion. Don was also an instructor at SFSU teaching beginning and advanced animation classes. With this scholarship, Don’s family and friends seek to honor Don’s memory and promote his values: creativity, diligence, inspiration to others and celebration of human diversity. In addition, the scholarship is intended to promote Don’s commitment to learning, his love for teaching and his belief that we need to hear each other’s voices to make a difference.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must be currently enrolled at SFSU as a junior, senior or graduate animation student
  2. Must enroll at San Francisco State University as a full-time student with at least 12 units undergraduate or 9 units graduate
  3. Write a personal statement (typed, double-spaced, not to exceed three pages) addressing the following:
    *Description of your financial need
    * Your creativity and diligence to the subject matter of your animation
    * How you inspire others around you in the world of cinema
    * Your commitment to your approach and how your work speaks to diversity
    * Description of a senior project; include story outline, storyboard and animation techniques and goals for completion.
  4. Submit animation and artwork on DVD as QT Movie, PDF, JPEG
    * Samples should be your best most complete work
    * A proposal for a senior project that this scholarship will help fund. May include an animatic, storyboard, script, development artwork and animated sketches.
  5. Submit DVD to Cinema office, Fine Arts 245. You can find the application cover sheet on the Forms page.

The Jameson (Jim) Goldner Scholarship

Jameson (Jim) Goldner helped found our Cinema program after coming to SFSU in 1963. Since then he has been a revered teacher of directing as well as other production and studies subjects, including courses on the Hollywood blacklist, the Holocaust and screenwriting. He has been a mentor and inspiration to many successful graduates of our program. The scholarship of $1,000 is intended to help a junior-level undergraduate student complete a project that has originated on film.

To apply, submit:

  • The application coversheet found on the Forms page.
  • Personal statement, addressing all of the following: a sense of who you are as a person and as a student of cinema; how you inspire others in the world of cinema; your creativity and diligence to the subject matter; your financial need (Maximum 500 words, double-spaced).
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Existing footage from the project (10 minutes on DVD)

To receive an award, students must be seniors and must be enrolled full-time (12 units minimum).

The Robin Eickman Cinema Student Scholarship

Robin Eickman is an SFSU alumna, was director of the San Francisco Film and Video Commission (1989-1998), and a friend of the School of Cinema. The Eickman Scholarship supports outstanding seniors and graduate students pursuing careers as professional filmmakers, as well as individuals who may be underrepresented in the film industry. This award is presented to a Cinema senior or graduate student whose creative work shows great potential in one of the following categories: (1) cinematography/lighting; (2) sound recording/mixing; (3) special visual effects; (4) art direction/set design; or another category to be designated by the applicant. The award is for $1,000. 

To apply, submit

  • The application coversheet found on the Forms page.
  • Personal statement, addressing all of the following:  a sense of who you are as a person and as a student of cinema; how you inspire others in the world of cinema; your creativity and diligence to the subject matter; your financial need. (Maximum 500 words, double-spaced.)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Creative work sample (10 minutes maximum on DVD) demonstrating talent in one of the following: cinematography/lighting; sound recording/mixing; special visual effects; art direction/set design; or another category to be designated by the applicant.

To receive an award, students must be enrolled for at least one unit.

Sponsored Awards

Deliver applications to the Cinema office in Fine Arts 245.

Kodak Scholarship

Kodak sponsors a highly competitive, worldwide scholarship program that supports undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate superior and professional filmmaking production skills and creativity, along with academic success. Two award opportunities are available: the KODAK Student Scholarship and the KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship. The School of Cinema may nominate up to two students for each of these scholarships.

For more information, visit Kodak.com.

To apply, submit:

  • Personal statement, addressing all of the following: a sense of who you are as a person and as a student of cinema; how you inspire others in the world of cinema; your creativity and diligence to the subject matter; your financial need (Maximum 500 words, double-spaced).
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Entries must be completed works that communicate a story or theme in some fashion — no clips or short vignettes. Entries must be submitted on DVD.

Princess Grace Award

Honoring the late Princess Grace of Monaco, who starred in American films as Grace Kelly, the Princess Grace Foundation offers two competitive scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students in approved film schools. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000 for future production or postproduction costs only. The School of Cinema nominates two students (one graduate and one undergraduate) as the SFSU nominees to the competition. Each entrant must be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status. For more information, visit the Grants Program page.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time student or matriculated but not yet have completed thesis film
  • Have completed at least one film as a director
  • Be the director of the proposed thesis film

Application Components:

  • Complete online application
  • Resume, including filmography
  • Thesis project description: please visit the Princess Grace website for further information.
  • Breif Artist Statement: Please describe how this project fits into your short and long term artistic, personal, and career goals. Describe the individual approach that you bring to your films.
  • Script or story summary of the purposed thesis project.
  • Budget of purposed thesis project (1-page summary budget andextended itemized budget for entire purposed project)

Work Samples:

  • Please submit at least two work samples.
  • Guidlines for work samples can be found on the scholarship website.
  • Personal statement, addressing all of the following: a sense of who you are as a person and as a student of cinema; how you inspire others in the world of cinema; your creativity and diligence to the subject matter; your financial need (Maximum 500 words, double-spaced).
  • Unofficial transcript

To receive awards, students must be enrolled.

University Awards

Fellowships

SFSU Office of Academic Honors and Fellowships

Assistance for current SFSU students and recent alumni in applying to national competitive scholarships. Visit the website of the Fellowships office for more information.

California Pre-Doctoral Program

A pre-doctoral program designed to support economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students in the CSU and to enrich the pool of potential faculty in California. Special emphasis on support for CSU students entering UC doctoral programs. View the Pre-Doctoral program website for more information.

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