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Awards and Grants

» Dodge College Grants and Awards

Below are listings of the many grants and awards available to current Dodge College students. Dodge College would like to thank all of the donors and sponsors who generously support our students. 

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  • Entertainment Partners Excellence in Production Award

    Eligible: Undergraduate and Graduate student producers
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: March

    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

    Eligible: Graduate Film Studies students
    Funds applied to: Project research
    Applications open: January

    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. Grants range every year depending on need/funding availability and will be awarded to a limited number of projects.

    Film Studies Scholarly/Creative Grant

    Eligible: Graduate Film Studies students
    Funds applied to: Project research
    Applications open: January

    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. Grants range every year depending on need/funding availability and will be awarded to a limited number of projects.


    Jeff Dolen ’04 Social Issue Documentary Award

    Eligible: Undergraduate/Graduate Documentary students
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: October

    This new award is open to applications for undergraduate and graduate thesis documentaries that focus on social and political injustice. Applications will be evaluated for quality of story as well as production need and/or merit. One student production will receive $1,500 that can be used to offset production costs, including, but not limited to travel costs, equipment rental, location costs, and post-production fees.


    Katie Weinstein Memorial Award

    Eligible: Graduates in the Producing Program
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: March

    The Katie Weinstein Memorial Award is 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. Grant amount varies slightly every year.  


    Leo Freedman First Cut Fellowship in Film Grant

    Eligible: Graduate & Undergraduate filmmakers
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: End of August

    The Leo Freedman Foundation Fellowship in Film Grant provides funding for unusual or special production-specific expenses incurred in the making of a Graduate Thesis or Senior Thesis production. A special expense is defined as an expense that is out of the ordinary in relation to usual production costs. In the past, grants have been awarded to offset the cost of a process trailer, an unusual location, accommodations and per diem for a distant location shoot, cast airfare, and stunt coordinator among others. Grants range from $500-$5000 depending on need and will be awarded to a limited number of projects. 

    Meredith MacRae Memorial Award

    Eligible: Graduate filmmakers
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: March

    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. Applicants must be in their penultimate year and doing a thesis project in the coming academic year. Awarded during the annual Women in Focus Conference.

    Professor Cory O’Connor Professional Development Fund

    Eligible: Public Relations and Advertising undergraduate students
    Funds applied to: Professional development opportunities
    Applications open: Announced by PRA faculty as 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.

    Storytelling Award Funded by Alumni

    Eligible: Narrative Graduate and Undergraduate filmmakers
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: End of August

    A narrative film production award to benefit narrative graduate thesis and undergraduate senior thesis programs. Each year, Dodge College announces a story theme and students may submit scripts that fit the theme. A Dodge College selection committee and donating alumni will evaluate scripts that feature quality screenwriting, passionate storytelling, and is effective in the theme. Amount varies each year depending on funding availability. 

    Women of Chapman Endowed Student Filmmaker Award

    Eligible: Junior undergraduate filmmakers
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: Late April/May

    The Women of Chapman Endowed Student Filmmaker Award is a need and merit-based award available to undergraduate students to be used towards production costs related to their upcoming senior thesis project. This award provides the valuable resources necessary for productions that have a unique concept and/or distinctive opportunity intrinsic to the development of the story. Selection process requires an application, an in-person pitch to the donors, and attendance to their summer luncheon.  

    Zonta Award

    Eligible: All student filmmakers
    Funds applied to: Thesis production
    Applications open: March

    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.

  • Tuition assistance is available through the Office of Financial Aid. All qualified students are reviewed for the scholarship without extra application materials. The below-listed scholarships directly affect Dodge College students. For a full listing of all scholarships available from Chapman University, please see the University Course Catalog.

    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. Awarded 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. Awarded by the Office of Financial Aid on a need-based case.

    IdeaHall Endowed Scholarship

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

    MaryAnn Finley Family Scholarship in Film and Media Arts

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

    William Brinker Simmons '18 Endowed Film Scholarship

    Available to undergraduate students pursuing a major in the film division. Awarded by the Office of Financial Aid on a need-based case.

  • Don’t see your question answered on this page? Email ftvawards@chapman.edu so we can help!


    Below are some of the most popular questions we receive: 

     
    My thesis production is coming up soon and we predict large expenses. Is there anything we can apply for?

    Yes, there absolutely is! The “Student Production/Project Awards” tab above should be able to help you, but make sure to plan ahead. Some awards are awarded in the year before you go into production for your thesis. 


    We’ve got some additional expenses for our AP/IP. Can we apply for any production awards? 

    Unfortunately, all of our production awards and grants are driven to support thesis productions.

    I was accepted to Chapman and am looking for scholarships to help with my tuition. What is available? 

    Dodge College does not control the tuition scholarships available. Please contact the financial aid office to ask if there is anything the university can do to support you.  

     
    I see the above timelines available for each grant. How/when will I hear that the application is open? 

    Keep an eye on your student email. Every application process is announced through email. Generally, it is also included in the Slate, the Dodge College weekly newsletter for current students. 

     
    What do I need to apply for a project grant?

    Every award/grant has a unique application process specific to its review. Each selection committee understands the academic cycle and we will not ask you for something that is unfeasible.