Ben Peter, Darcelle Larkin and Ian Salimbangon on the set of PINEAPPLE. Photo: Logan McKennah Brown.
Ben Peter, Darcelle Larkin and Ian Salimbangon on the set of PINEAPPLE. Director Irem Dogancali won a Pitch Award for Best Digital Pitch which helped fund her film. Photo: Logan McKennah Brown.

Film and Video Studies awards scholarships annually to our sophomores, juniors/incoming transfers, and seniors. Pitch Prizes are awarded every semester to students creating capstone works.

Scholarship support is provided by fundraising efforts including contributions and ticket sales and sponsorships to the annual events, OFF THE WALL and ARTS BY GEORGE. You can donate here to fund FAVS scholarships.

Film and Video Studies (FAVS) Tuition Scholarships

Academic Year 2018-19


Applications are due on or before March 22 at 11:59pm.

March 30, 2018 – Notification date

Scholarship Types
FAVS Sophomore Scholarship:

Awarded to those of Sophomore standing starting in Fall 2018 for six semesters (if grade and enrollment requirements are maintained).

FAVS Junior / Transfer Scholarship:

Awarded to incoming Transfer students or those of Junior standing beginning Fall 2018 for four semesters (if grade and enrollment requirements are maintained).

FAVS Senior Scholarships:

Awarded to students graduating in Fall 2018 for one semester (if grade and enrollment requirements are maintained).

Awarded to students graduating in Spring 2019 for one semester (if grade and enrollment requirements are maintained).

  • The applicant must have been accepted into Mason.
    • If the applicant is not yet a student at Mason, they must pass the FAVS portfolio review, intend to declare (or have declared) the Film Major, and be accepted to Mason before any scholarship funds will be disbursed.
    • Scholarship awardees must remain a Film Major in order to receive the full amount of the awarded scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be dispersed after all criteria are met after the add/drop deadline in each semester.
  • If awarded, student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in overall coursework and a 3.0 in courses in the Film major to receive subsequent funds.
  • Student must be enrolled in at least 12 credits of coursework per semester.

A committee of FAVS faculty and FAVS Advisory Board members will award scholarships based on a thoughtful presentation of the chosen topic, written and communication skills, GPA and demonstration of academic excellence at Mason or other institutions prior, demonstration of professional experience or commitment (through internships or other professional contexts), and resume. The panel also considers demonstrated merit in academic and extracurricular activities within the CVPA courses when reviewing applications from current students.

To apply, submit all required elements below by the deadline. *You will need a Google account to upload your file(s):

Part 1.
  1. Personal Information (includes cumulative GPA, student status, and concentration)
  2. Creative Work (based on concentration)
    • Directing / Producing / Cine / Editing-Sound - link to Vimeo or Youtube video.Descriptive statement (50 words or less): State your role and what creative decisions you were involved in.
    • Screenwriting – no more than 10 pages of a script that you are the sole writer (PDF).Descriptive Statement (50 words or less): The goals and themes of the selection and its place in the larger piece.

Part 2.

Film essay on Topic A or Topic B. (500-600 words)

Topic A: Discuss how a film – one you worked on or viewed and studied - has changed your life or the lives of others.


Topic B: As an interdisciplinary art form, filmmaking touches many disciplines. Discuss the disciplines beyond Film and Video Studies that have influenced your choices and practice as a filmmaker.


If you have financial challenges as a student and filmmaker, please explain why this scholarship is needed. (50 words or less).

Part 4.

One page resume saved as “YOUR_FULL_NAME_Resume.pdf"

Note: Academic transcripts on record will be considered from the last three years of study.

Review the above guidelines and prepare your essays before attempting to fill out the online application.

FAVS Scholarship Application (link)

If you have any questions about the Film and Video Studies Scholarship, email

Funding is contingent upon the budget of the program and college. Funding is not guaranteed for the entire time a recipient is enrolled at Mason. There will also be the possibility for award amounts to change.

Additional Available Funding

Pitch Prizes
Pitch competitions are held each semester prior to the showcase of senior work at the FAVS Fall Showcase in December and the Mason Film Festival in late April/May. Students who are currently enrolled in FAVS 498 are invited to compete. Pitch competitions are juried by members of the FAVS Advisory Board, faculty, and industry professionals. The money Pitch Award winners receive goes directly to the student to offset some of the expenses of their senior capstone projects.
Unpaid Internship Scholarship
The Unpaid Internship Scholarship is open to all students who have secured an unpaid internship for summer or fall. To apply, students must:
  • Be a currently enrolled, degree-seeking student continuing at Mason in fall
  • Possess 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 one letter of recommendation  
  • Log in to HireMason, search for "Unpaid Internship Scholarship,” and complete the application form  
The deadline to apply is mid-April. Students can receive up to $5,700 in scholarship money, which will first be applied to any outstanding balance on one’s Mason student account. Recipients will be notified by May.
Parents Fund Internship Scholarship
University Career Services in partnership with University Life and the Parents Fund is offering twenty, $500 scholarships to help students offset the cost of academic credit for an unpaid internship. To apply students must:
  • Be enrolled in an internship course summer or fall
  • Possess a minimum 2.0 GPA 
  • Have secured an unpaid internship for summer or fall
  • 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
  • Log in to HireMason, search for "Parents Fund Scholarship,” and complete the application form 
The deadline to apply is mid-April. 
University Scholarships
Mason Merit Scholarships – Incoming, First-Time Freshman Students
Mason awards millions of dollars in scholarships to incoming freshmen every year. These awards not only recognize strong academic talent and achievement, but also special talents and other personal characteristics, without regard to an applicant’s financial need. All freshman applicants who apply by November 1 (the Early Action application deadline) will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions and the Scholarship Committee. Students who apply Early Action are notified of their admissions decisions by mid-December, and the Scholarship Committee notifies students if they were awarded a scholarship no later than February.
Mason (Internal) Scholarships – Continuing Students
Mason Scholarships are provided through the generous donations of Mason alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students. 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. Important Dates and Other Information
Alumni Association Scholarships
The George Mason University Alumni Association sponsors 5 student scholarships:
    The Peter C. Forame Student Leader Scholarship: $2,500 The George Mason Alumni Association Service Scholarship: $2,500 Black Scholars Endowed Scholarship: $2,500 The John C. and Louise P. Wood Undergraduate Scholarship: $2,500 The John C. and Louise P. Wood Graduate Scholarship: $2,500
The scholarship application period is during the fall semester each year, and an alumni committee selects the recipients each spring. The scholarship award is applied to tuition for the following academic year.

For more information, visit the Mason Alumni Association website.
College Scholarships
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.
College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships
External Scholarships
Outside scholarships are offered through private agencies and organizations such as high schools, community organizations, scholarship foundations, employers and government agencies. Criteria for these scholarships generally include academic performance, financial need, underrepresented groups, volunteerism, heritage, community affiliations or other unique factors important to the sponsoring individual or organization. Students are encouraged to apply to as many external scholarships as possible: Outside Scholarship List.
Work Study & On-campus Jobs
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a need-based program which provides part-time employment opportunities to eligible students to help meet the costs of post-secondary education. Based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), eligible students are awarded an allotment which may be earned through part-time employment in FWS approved positions either on or off campus. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity for employment arranged around class schedules. Students must be enrolled at least half-time (six credit hours per semester) to be eligible for this program. If you wish to be considered for this program, you should indicate this preference on the FAFSA or, if not awarded FWS in your initial award package, you should contact your financial aid counselor or the FWS Coordinator. Finding an on-campus job is a great way to build the skills employers are looking for while putting a little extra money away for those unexpected expenses.You can find on-campus jobs, federal work study positions, and part-time jobs in HireMason. HireMason is Mason's exclusive internship and job database. Employers that post in HireMason are interested in recruiting Mason students and alumni. Use your Patriot Pass credentials to log in.
OSCAR Funding
The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) is the home of the Students as Scholars initiative, and is located on the second floor of Johnson Center in room 246. Students as Scholars is our way of giving undergraduate students an invitation to participate in research and creative activities, both within and beyond the classroom. Mason offers several ways for students to get support while you participate in a research, scholarly, or creative project. No matter your major, there are opportunities for you!