This page offers a listing of various scholarships, grants, and awards students in the MFA Television, Film, and Theater program can apply. This is only a partial list. For more information visit Financial Aid's Resources and Links.
Cal State LA has over 400 scholarship opportunities to support your educational goals. You can browse the various scholarships available on our Cal State LA Scholarships Application site during the scholarship application season (March 5, 2018-March 30, 2018). The scholarships are made available through the generosity of our University donors, alumni, and friends. Please keep in mind that these scholarship opportunities are in addition to the various federal, state, and outside agency financial aid programs!
Cal State LA has simplified the process for you to be considered for these various Cal State LA scholarship opportunities. Simply follow the steps on the general application and you will be automatically matched to the scholarships for which you meet the minimum qualifications. Final selection will then be made based on a ranking of the applicants based by the appropriate scholarship committee.
Graduate Equity Fellowship Program
Graduate Student Non-Resident Tuition Waiver Program
Deadline to College Associate Deans: April 2, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PT
A limited number of non-resident tuition fee waivers or tuition fee reductions may be granted to non-resident graduate students who are either domestic non-resident students or citizens of a foreign country.
Travel Support for Students Presenting at Professional Conferences (TSSP)
The Travel Support for Student Presentations (TSSP) is a reimbursement program designed to encourage and assist Cal State LA graduate students whose work has been accepted into a professional/academic conference.
Culminating Project Fund to Support Completion of Thesis, Creative Activity or Dissertation
This fund is a reimbursement program designed to support Cal State LA graduate student research and/or scholarship conducted towards completing a thesis, creative activity, or dissertation. Students funded through this award will receive reimbursement for approved supplies, equipment, and services.
The National & International Scholarships and Fellowships Program (NISFeP) supports students in pursuing off-campus scholarships and fellowships that offer transformative and challenging experiences in the areas of academic and applied research, and global and civic learning. We work closely with students throughout the process, helping them strengthen their relationships with faculty mentors and develop their ability to present their knowledge, ideas, values, accomplishments, and goals succinctly and effectively.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Awards
Since 2007, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has made generous donations to the undergraduate TVFM and graduate TVFT programs to support students in their academic pursuits.
There is no application for this award. Instead, faculty assess students for an award according to the following criteria:
TVFT General Award for Returning Students: following the posting of grades at the end of each Spring semester, returning students with a GPA of 3.8 or above, are considered for an award of $2500. Priority will be given to students who have not received a previous General Award or a Recruitment Award.
TVFT General Award for Returning Students: following the posting of grades at the end of each Spring semester, returning students with a GPA of 3.8 or above, are considered for an award of $2500. Priority will be given to students who have not received a previous General Award or a Recruitment Award. GPAs are assessed at the close of grade posting at the end of the Spring semester. Awards are available towards the following Fall semester.
TVFT Recruitment Award for New Incoming Students: the top three ranked accepted applicants for each Option will be considered for an award of $2500 that will be available as of the first Fall semester.
All awards, General or Recruitment, are restricted to a maximum of one award per student per academic year.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has considered education its number one priority since it was established in 1929. As part of LULAC’s education efforts, the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) was established in 1975 to provide scholarships to Hispanic students attending colleges and universities. Under the LNSF program, local LULAC Councils, in partnership with local and national businesses, award scholarships to students in their communities. LNSF is administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc., (LNESC) a non-profit educational organization established by LULAC to provide educational programs to youth across the country.
TERMS: LULAC Councils will award scholarships to qualified Hispanic students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in accredited colleges or universities in the United States. Awards start at $250. Awards of $500 and under are disbursed on July 15th; awards over $500 are disbursed in two equal payments on July 15th and January 15th. All awards are sent to the local LULAC Councils for distribution to recipients. Scholarships may be used for the payment of tuition, academic fees, room, board, and the purchase of required educational materials & books. A student may not accept more than one LNESC-sponsored scholarship award in a given academic school year.
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for a scholarship: • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). • Must have applied to or be enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university, including 2-year colleges, or vocational schools that lead to an associate’s degree. Graduate students must have applied to or be enrolled as a part-time student in a college or university. • A student will not be eligible for a scholarship if he/she is related to a scholarship committee member, the Council President, or an individual contributor to the local funds of the Council
AWARD CRITERIA: Applicants are eligible for the following three types of scholarship awards: National Scholastic Achievement Awards ($2,000) • The student has a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and, if the student is an entering freshman, • The student scores 29 or higher on the ACT test, or 1350 or higher on the SAT test (sum of critical reading and mathematics scores). Honors Awards ($500 to $2,000) • The student has a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent, and, if the student is an entering freshman, • The student scores 23 or higher on the ACT test, or 1100 or higher on the SAT test ((sum of critical reading and mathematics scores). General Awards ($250 to $1,000) Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators; however, emphasis may be placed on the individual’s motivation, sincerity, and integrity, which can best be revealed through a personal interview and in the personal essay. Need, community involvement, and leadership activities will also be considered.