AFI Scholarship for Fall 2021

lucychoi97

Korean Forum Moderator
Staff member
Hi guys, first of all Merry Christmas to y'all :)
I'm an international student and submitted my application to AFI screenwriting for Fall 2021 and am about to apply for scholarship as well.
I have a question. So the question for the AFI scholarship form asks to write down the amount of money (scholarship) that I want to receive. How am I supposed to write that? Deep inside I want to go for full funding scholarship, but I know that's not gonna happen since they rarely give out full funds. My question is how much would be just right?
Any thoughts?
 
Hi guys, first of all Merry Christmas to y'all :)
I'm an international student and submitted my application to AFI screenwriting for Fall 2021 and am about to apply for scholarship as well.
I have a question. So the question for the AFI scholarship form asks to write down the amount of money (scholarship) that I want to receive. How am I supposed to write that? Deep inside I want to go for full funding scholarship, but I know that's not gonna happen since they rarely give out full funds. My question is how much would be just right?
Any thoughts?
Hi, I'm pretty eager to learn about this too; assuming you'd have gone forward with your application procedure, let me know what happened with yours.
Thanks
 

katiebonnie

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Supporter
Hi guys, first of all Merry Christmas to y'all :)
I'm an international student and submitted my application to AFI screenwriting for Fall 2021 and am about to apply for scholarship as well.
I have a question. So the question for the AFI scholarship form asks to write down the amount of money (scholarship) that I want to receive. How am I supposed to write that? Deep inside I want to go for full funding scholarship, but I know that's not gonna happen since they rarely give out full funds. My question is how much would be just right?
Any thoughts?
Hi! I actually just put the total fees 🤷‍♀️ I figured that (if I got in) they would never give that but there's not much point in me putting less as I could really do with the full amount haha! I don't think there's any shame in that at all. Particularly as we don't qualify for US federal loans - I'm from the UK and there's no student loans for studying abroad from my government either.

At the end of the day, the worst they can do is say no to that amount! Your application is judged separately to your financial aid application so it won't have any effect on your application decision and if you need it... don't ask, don't get and all that jazz!
 

hugofaraco

Active Member
Hi! I actually just put the total fees 🤷‍♀️ I figured that (if I got in) they would never give that but there's not much point in me putting less as I could really do with the full amount haha! I don't think there's any shame in that at all. Particularly as we don't qualify for US federal loans - I'm from the UK and there's no student loans for studying abroad from my government either.

At the end of the day, the worst they can do is say no to that amount! Your application is judged separately to your financial aid application so it won't have any effect on your application decision and if you need it... don't ask, don't get and all that jazz!
I asked for the full amount too! Do you guys know about any scholarships / grants outside of AFI? Are you applying for those too?
 

katiebonnie

Well-Known Member
Supporter
I asked for the full amount too! Do you guys know about any scholarships / grants outside of AFI? Are you applying for those too?
I'm applying for a few UK/women in film specific ones, been struggling to find any for 2021 tbh! A lot still haven't updated their scholarship pages from 2020 deadline dates which makes me think they won't be doing them this year 😬 I found USC's scholarship finder pretty good though! If you go on the you.usc portal and then click on scholarship universe there were some quite helpful ones, particularly if you're a domestic student.
 

Abbey Normal

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Supporter+
I didn't write the full amount, but I did request for a large sum because we all know how crazy expensive AFI is. I know only one person was awarded full tuition from the class of 2020 and roughly half the class of 2020 screenwriting fellows received partial scholarship. AFI also received a $5 million dollar donation last October for diverse voices. Incoming fellows for 2021 will be the first ones to receive it.

I know there's the Humanitas College Fellowship for writers, so check that out. And of course, the Nicholl's Fellowship. As for other scholarships, I would recommend applying to as many as you can find via the link on AFI's site.

If all else fails, reach out to Lori Loughlin.
 

Abbey Normal

Well-Known Member
Supporter+
Maybe someone might know the answer to this?

Hypothetically speaking, let's say Student #1 has no debt/no student loans while Student #2 has massive student debt/crazy loans because he/she went to a top tier liberal arts college and had to pay out of pocket. And let's say both students are rewarded scholarships. The question I'm trying to get at is -- do they tend to give out larger amounts to the person with more financial problems (crazy debt, loan, etc.) or are there other factors involved? I'm curious to know the math/science behind this.

Anyway, I look forward to seeing some of you in the Fall : )
 

katiebonnie

Well-Known Member
Supporter
I had a sudden panic that I didn't submit the form correctly and I genuinely have no memory of the questions so emailed to check (it's all fine, they got it haha) and Robin Bailey-Chen said this:

"If you received an AFI Scholarship, you will be notified by the end of this week via email."
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
i just got a full ride for afi screenwriting!
That's amazing!!!! Be sure to add your Application to the site with that info!


@Septopus7 got a full ride last year too! Or was it the year before. I have no concept of time anymore.
 

llueve

Well-Known Member
Supporter
i just received the email from robin bailey-chen (the james bridges scholarship). i also got a full ride to nyu so i’m not sure yet! im honestly in shock
So! Full ride to AFI, full ride to NYU, full ride to USC, and a $20k/year scholarship to Columbia from what I've read. Meep, the people wanna know:
1. Where will you go next year?
2. Are you real hooman?
3. I can has ur skelarship?
 

Chris W

Willem was robbed
Staff member
Umm....that's huge lol....I'm assuming you're going to AFI? Unless you have other options. Also, when did were you notified about scholarships? I thought the email said scholarships would come out some time in the next ten days or so?
I am looking into applying for MFA production design next year , their website is confusing and its yet to be updated for 2022 admissions. I am a PD in my home country , have been int he industry for past 10 years , beyond all this the only way I can get through AFI without selling my kidney will be scholarship :) . how did you guys apply , do you get to the admission process first and then apply for scholarship or you happy to apply for scholarships simultaneously .
 
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