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
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):
- Personal Information (includes cumulative GPA, student status, and concentration)
- 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.
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.
Part 3. OPTIONAL
If you have financial challenges as a student and filmmaker, please explain why this scholarship is needed. (50 words or less).
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
Mason Merit Scholarships – Incoming, First-Time Freshman StudentsMason 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 StudentsMason 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
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
For more information, visit the Mason Alumni Association website.