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Scholarships for student filmmakers you never knew existed!

Going to media school brings you a dream of shouting “lights! Camera! aaand action!” one day, but this dream costs real money. Sure, you can earn money while pursuing your media studies (to know more read: 4 ways you can earn money as a student filmmaker) but saving up for that money will be a real challenge. WFCN thought of this problem and scoured the internet for you and found a few amazing media scholarships that you never knew existed.

PS: All the links are attached to this blog. So, if you want, you can just click on the title and start applying right away.


As mentioned above, media studies are expensive and a big chunk of your earned money directly goes to your study materials, equipment, and other personal expenses. Making a film is an expensive matter as well. You need to rent cameras, lights, and props. If these below-mentioned scholarships paid for your education, then you can go ahead and save up your money for your first independent film.

World Film Communities Network has over 550 Film festivals for film submission and to promote and support young independent filmmakers like you.

List of scholarships for young student filmmakers:

Austin Alliance for Women in Media Scholarship

Application Deadline: 3/1/2023

Amount: $5,000

Scholarships are offered by AWM Austin to college students majoring in media or a related discipline. By December of the year before the prize is granted, applicants must have completed 60+ hours of college coursework. The scholarship recipient must go to Austin, Texas’s Trailblazer Awards Gala.

Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2/1/2023

Amount: Varies

Students seeking degrees in the visual arts have access to educational resources thanks to the Betty Harlan Memorial Art Scholarship. Seniors from public or private high schools who live in Boone, Ogle, or Winnebago County are eligible to apply. Additionally, they must demonstrate engagement in groups and activities that emphasize the visual arts and have a minimum GPA of 2.75.

Francis D. Lyon Scholarship

Application Deadline: 3/29/2023

Amount: $2,500

Each year, a graduate student majoring in filmmaking or a closely related discipline like theater/drama, writing, or entertainment is given the Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship. Only graduate students may submit an application. There is no obligation to be a member of Phi Delta Theta.

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Award

Application Deadline: 4/1/2023

Amount: $2,500

To recognize Arab American students who excel in media studies, the Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship was established. A 3.0 GPA, a major in journalism, radio, television, or film, current enrollment as a junior, senior, or graduate student, and citizenship of Arab descent in the United States are requirements for applicants.