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Scholarship details

Award Type
  1. Portion of Tuition
Distribution
One time dispersement
Max Award Amount
$2500
Institution Requirements
  1. Only Current Students at a Specific Program can apply
Academic Requirements
  1. Attending 4 year Undergraduate College or University
Academic Specialization
  1. Film
  2. Television
Citizenship Requirements
  1. None
Regional Requirements
  1. Illinois
Identity Requirements
  1. No Requirement
Ethnicity Requirements
  1. No Requirement
Financial Requirement
  1. Demonstrated Financial Need
Columbia College Chicago is one of the top film schools in the Midwestern US. Its Excellence in Film and Television Scholarship was established to assist in defraying tuition costs for deserving undergraduate students in the Cinema and Television Arts Department.

The Excellence in Film and Television Scholarship is open to:
  • Full-time undergraduate studying within the Cinema and Television Arts Department
  • Preference will be given is given to Sophomores and Juniors
  • Students who have earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
  • Students who demonstrate financial need through a completed 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2024-25 FAFSA must be submitted by March 1, 2024 for Excellence in Film and Television Scholarship consideration.
  • The scholarship is not open to past scholarship recipients to reapply.
Scholarship is based on:
  • Academic Merit
  • Financial need
Scholarship amount:
  • Up to $2,500
Notification of the scholarship decision:
  • All applicants will be notified by email in April/May 2024.

Important things to know

  • Application must be submitted by March 1, 2024 (11:59 pm) for review by the committee
  • Scholarships awarded up to $2,500 and disbursed half in fall and half in spring
  • Scholarship is applied toward tuition only
  • Students' scholarships that are applied toward tuition may not exceed the amount of their tuition costs
  • Recipients must maintain full-time enrollment during the 2024-25 academic year
  • Outstanding documents to Columbia Central before the scholarship can be disbursed. Students can review missing documents in the MyColumbia portal under MyFinancials
  • Scholarship may be used toward a study abroad program through one of Columbia's student exchange programs, excluding Summer sessions. Please note: Recipients who enroll in an independent study abroad program will forfeit their scholarship during the semester spent abroad
  • The rules and regulations governing other sources of financial aid (federal, state, institutional and other grants, gifts, or loans) will apply
  • Columbia College Chicago reserves the right to withhold the award in any year in which, at the sole discretion of the scholarship committee, suitable candidates cannot be found among applicants
Application Requirements
  1. Essay(s)
  2. Portfolio

Application Requirements Description

Only complete scholarship applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.

Please follow all directions carefully. Students must submit the following materials to make a complete Excellence in Film and Television Scholarship.

Part 1: Essay

In a 300-word essay, describe how the mediums of cinema and television have influenced your choice of major.

Your essay must be double-spaced and must include your name and MyColumbia ID number in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Please upload your response in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

Part 2: Prompts

In two to three sentences each, respond to the following prompts:
  1. Please describe how you contributed to film and/or television projects during your study in CTVA.
  2. List three to five achievements you wish to be considered by the scholarship committee.
  3. Express why you would be a good candidate for this scholarship.
Your responses must be double-spaced, and include your name and MyColumbia ID number in the upper right-hand corner of each page. Please upload your response in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

Part 3: Creative Sample

Please submit a creative sample of your best work in your concentration, either a short film or video (no more than a total of three minutes), script (no more than 10 pages), or three to five photographs/drawings.

Upload your work sample in one of the following formats:
  • Images: .jpg, .png, or .gif
  • Video: .mov, .wmv, or .flv
  • Documents: .pdf, .doc, or .docx

Please make sure to include your name and MyColumbia ID number in the file name and the upper right-hand corner of the page when applicable.

Note: Upload size limit is 50MB.

Part 4: FAFSA SUBMISSION SUMMARY

A current FAFSA Submission Summary must be on file. To receive a FAFSA Submission Summary, students must complete a 2024-25 financial aid application (FAFSA) by March 1, 2024.

(Access online applications through Internal Scholarships.)

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