Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Film at Mason awards scholarships annually to sophomore, junior/incoming transfer, and senior Film students. Pitch Prizes are awarded every semester to students creating capstone works.
Film at Mason wants eager, talented students to have the opportunity to hone their craft. We offer financial aid and scholarships so those with the drive to build a career in film can make that dream a reality.
Each year, we awards scholarships to sophomore, junior/incoming transfer, and senior students. We also award Pitch Prizes every semester to students creating capstone works.
We fund our scholarships through contributions, ticket sales, and sponsorships to annual events such as Off the Wall and ARTS by George! You can donate to fund Film and Video Studies scholarships.
Awards and Eligibility
Applicants must be seeking a BA in Film. If you're not yet a student at Mason or haven't changed your major, you must pass the Film Portfolio Review, intend to declare (or have declared) a Film major, and be accepted to Mason.
Scholarship recipients must:
- Remain Film majors to receive the full amount
- Be enrolled in at least 12 credits of coursework per semester.
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 in Film courses.
Funding is contingent on the program's and college's budget, and is not guaranteed for the entire time a recipient is enrolled at Mason. Award amounts could also change.
Contact Film at Mason if you have questions or for more information about Film scholarships.
A committee of Film at Mason faculty and advisory board members will award scholarships based on:
- Thoughtful presentation of the chosen topic
- Writing and communication skills (**Please be sure to spell check, grammar check, and proofread your essays. Poorly written essays will be scored accordingly.)
- Grade point average and demonstration of academic excellence at Mason or other institutions.
- Demonstration of professional experience or commitment (through internships or other professional contexts).
The panel also considers merit in academic and extracurricular activities within College of Visual and Performing Arts courses when reviewing applications from current students. Academic transcripts on record from the last three years of study will be considered.
To apply, submit all required elements by the deadline:
Part 1. Personal Information (includes cumulative GPA, student standing)
Part 2. Three Film essays (each is 50 words or less)
- Why do you want to be a media maker? Tell us why you need to tell your stories through the medium of film and video?
- What have you worked on? Describe a recent project (script, film in progress, or completed film) in which you were either the writer, director, cinematographer, editor or producer.
- What was your takeaway? What was the most important lesson learned while working on this project?
Part 3. Creative Work (based on concentration)
- Directing / Producing / Cine / Editing-Sound – link to Vimeo or Youtube video. 3-5 minute film reel or clip of the film you just described
- Screenwriting – 5-8 pages of the script of the film you just described. Descriptive statement (50 words or less): The goals and themes of the selection and its place in the larger piece.
Part 4. One page resume saved as “FULL_NAME_Resume.pdf"
Part 5. OPTIONAL
- College is expensive, and we all need financial assistance. Tell us how this scholarship will alleviate an extraordinary circumstance. (50 words or less)
The application for the Film at Mason Scholarship is now closed. Come back at the end of January 2021 for the application.
Other Sources of Aid
Students enrolled in FAVS 498 can enter Pitch competitions, which are held each semester during the showcase of senior work at the Film at Mason Fall Showcase in December and the Mason Film Festival in late April/May. The contests are juried by members of the Film at Mason Advisory Board, faculty, and industry professionals. Award winners receive cash prizes to help them offset the expenses of senior capstone projects.
The Unpaid Internship Scholarship is open to all students who have secured an unpaid internship for summer or fall. Applicants must:
- Be an enrolled, degree-seeking student continuing at Mason the following fall
- Have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Write a 500-word essay about how the internship will help them develop the skills employer are seeking and how the internship relates to their career goals.
- Submit a letter of recommendation.
- Complete the application form for "Unpaid Internship Scholarship" at HireMason.
The application deadline is mid-April. Students can receive up to $5,700 in scholarship money, which will first be applied to any outstanding balance on the student's Mason account. Recipients will be notified by May.
Career Services, in partnership with University Life and the Parents Fund offers 20 scholarships of $500 each to help students offset the cost of academic credit for an unpaid internship. Applicants must:
- Be enrolled in a summer or fall internship course.
- Have a minimum 2.0 GPA.
- Have an unpaid summer or fall internship.
- Write a 250-word essay about how the internship will help them develop the skills employers are seeking and how the internship relates to their career goals.
- Complete the application form for "Parents Fund Scholarship” at HireMason.
The application deadline is mid-April.
Mason alumni, friends, faculty and staff fund scholarships through donations. Private philanthropy enables the university to recognize students showing academic achievement, financial need and unique interests of those students attending Mason. George Mason University Alumni Association (GMUAA) awards five scholarships to undergraduate/graduate students each academic school year.
Approximately 75% of Mason students receive some form of financial aid and many are receiving a combination of merit and talent-based scholarships.
Many university resources are available to assist you with obtaining academic scholarships, grants, and loans. In addition, we encourage you to work with our programs directly to learn more about program-specific and talent-based scholarships.