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Below is a listing of the many grants and awards offered to current Dodge College of Film and Media Arts students. Questions on the application process or requirements may be directed to ftvawards@chapman.edu

Bhathal Family Trust Scholarship

Available to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled full-time at Dodge College with primary consideration given to students who display a strong commitment to the Sikh Indian Community. Project grant available to students for the production of a film that addresses Sikh themes, concerns, or subject matter. Dispersed by the Office of Financial Aid on a need-based case. 

Dan Steele ’15 Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate level students at Dodge College. Dispersed by the Office of Financial Aid on a need-based case.

Entertainment Partners Excellence in Production Award

Awarded by way of faculty recommendation for demonstrated excellence in the producing program to assist with the production costs of either thesis or senior film project. The application process opens to female producing students during the spring semester. The recipient is honored during the annual Women in Focus Conference.

Film Studies Conference Travel Grant

Available to graduate students in the film studies program, conference travel grants are intended to provide support for graduate students’ travel to give accepted presentations at conferences. Applications open late in the fall semester and are awarded via a selection committee.

Film Studies Scholarly/Creative Grant

Available to graduate students in the film studies program, scholarly/creative grants are intended to provide support for a variety of clearly defined scholarly or creative projects. Applications open late in the fall semester and are awarded via a selection committee.

IdeaHall Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student pursuing a career in public relations and advertising. Dispersed by the Office of Financial Aid on a need-based case.


Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Comedy Awards

Awarded to four students in one of the following categories: excellence in comedy screenwriting, excellence in directing a film comedy, excellence in comedic arts, and acting excellence in comedic theatre or film. Applications open fall semester and are awarded via a selection committee.

Katie Weinstein Memorial Award

Awarded to a graduate student in the producing program during the spring semester who has demonstrated excellence as a producer to assist with the production costs of their thesis film project. 

Leo Freedman Foundation First Cut Fellowship in Film Award

Need and merit-based award available to undergraduate and graduate students to assist with the production costs of their thesis or senior film project. 

Marion Knott Filmmaker-in-Residence Program (Spring Semester)

Available to graduate students enrolled full-time at Dodge College, this semester-long program provides one-on-one, intensive mentorship to 10 scholars by the Filmmaker-in-Residence.

MaryAnn Finley Family Scholarship in Film and Media Arts

Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate level students at Dodge College. Dispersed by the Office of Financial Aid on a need-based case.

Meredith MacRae Memorial Award

Awarded by way of application and selection committee to a graduate student demonstrating excellence in acting, producing, and directing to assist with thesis production costs. Applications announced early in the spring semester. Awarded during the annual Women in Focus Conference.

Professor Cory O’Connor Professional Development Fund

Grant opportunities will be announced by the Public Relations and Advertising faculty as they become available. Grants from the O’Connor Professional Development Fund will enable advertising students to take advantage of specific professional development opportunities such as attendance at conferences and seminars, OC Ad Club events and/or other opportunities that serve this objective.

Women of Chapman Student Filmmaker Fund

Need and merit-based award available to undergraduate students to assist with the production costs of their senior film project. Applications are announced in the spring semester. 

Zonta Award

Awarded by way of selection committee to a female student who has demonstrated the skills and qualifications to excel in the film industry with additional consideration given to a student whose film project helps to raise awareness of women’s issues. Awarded during the annual Women in Focus Conference.

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