Below is a list of scholarships for students who are studying in the Department of Film and Media Studies. Some of these scholarships may be used to provide funding for scholarships awarded by the University so may not be offered through the Department’s awarding process.
Incoming freshmen and transfer students are not eligible for any departmental scholarships or awards. These students are encouraged to go to the KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship (FAS) website to review other possibilities for financial aid.
The Department scholarship application will be available online and in 230 Summerfield Hall from February 1–March 2, 2020. Applications are due on or before March 2, 2020. Click for an application in Word or as a PDF document.
The Department of Film and Media Studies requires students applying for departmental scholarships with a financial need component to have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or KU’s International Student Need Analysis Worksheet (ISNAW) by March 1, 2020. Students may access the 2020-2021 FAFSA applications directly through the U.S. Department of Education website at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The 2020-2021 ISNAW will be available on KU’s Financial Aid & Scholarships (FAS) website at http://affordability.ku.edu/forms. Please contact the FAS if you have questions about which form to fill out.
Although the remaining departmental scholarships do not require the filing of a FAFSA or ISNAW, students interested in receiving any financial aid are strongly encouraged to file the applicable form in order to be considered for all types of financial assistance for which they may be eligible.
Rising Student Scholars:
You were awarded a four-year renewable scholarship by KU Financial Aid & Scholarships when you decided to attend KU. The Department of Film and Media Studies will attempt to help fund the 2020-21 academic year renewable scholarships for all qualifying FMS declared majors. You must complete the FMS scholarship application so the Department committee can determine if you meet criteria for any Department scholarship. This will not be an additional scholarship for you. The FMS scholarship will be applied to help fund the four-year renewable scholarship which was awarded to you by KU Financial Aid & Scholarships.
Scholarship and award recipients will be notified at the Department’s annual student recognition ceremony on May 7, 2020 or at a later date by FAS.
We are offering 10 scholarships of $500.00 each for 10 FMS majors who have successfully applied for and obtained an out-of-state internship for Summer 2020.
If you are interested in applying for this subsidy, please submit the following information by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5:
1. A cover letter with name, year in the department (sophomore, junior, etc.), name of the company you will be interning with, name and contact information for the internship provider, and length and location of the internship. Additionally, write a short paragraph describing your duties on said internship and the skills you hope to obtain.
2. A copy of your most recent Degree Progress Report (we will be looking for proof of FMS major and your GPA).
3. Proof that an internship has officially been offered to you (an email from your internship provider will suffice).
4. For undergraduate students, an acknowledgement that you will be enrolling in internship credit hours (FMS 307) either during Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021.
The results of the competition will be announced on May 7, 2020 during the Tensie Awards and Student Recognition Ceremony. Recipients need not be present to win, though you will be notified via email after that date.
If you are awarded the internship stipend, we will ask you to turn in a one-page report by the start of the next academic year detailing your experience with the internship, the skills you learned, and how this experience has shaped your college career in FMS thus far. This report may be used in a future FMS newsletter.
For any questions please contact Professor Michael Baskett.
Deadline for application: 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. Please turn in application materials to Karla Conrad in 230 Summerfield Hall or email your materials to email@example.com
*Mark Amin Scholarship: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Awarded to Undergraduate and Graduate students with academic merit and financial need. Preference will be given to students of Iranian descent and then to students of Arabian descent. Applicants must file a need analysis form by March 1.
Donald and Betty Dixon Scholarship: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must show evidence of academic merit.
Adah Clark Hagan Scholarship for Film Students: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must show evidence of excellence in both the academic and creative areas of film and media.
Claire Reinhold Scholarship: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Awarded to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must show evidence of academic merit.
*Charles “Buddy” Rogers Scholarship: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Awarded Undergraduate and Graduate Film students who are U.S. citizens and are not on an athletic scholarship. Candidates must show evidence of financial need and excellence in both the academic and creative areas of film and media. Applicants must file a need analysis form by March 1.
*Alexis and Craig Stevens Performing Arts Scholarship: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students. Candidates must show evidence of financial need. Applicants must file a need analysis form by March 1.
*Peter and Ann Thompson Undergraduate Film Scholarship: (Only Undergraduates are eligible) Awarded to a declared undergraduate film major. Candidates must have Kansas residency, have a 3.5 grade point average in their major, and show evidence of financial need. Applicants must file a need analysis form by March 1.
Women in Film Scholarship: (Undergraduates and Graduates are eligible) Open to Undergraduate and Graduate women with demonstrated excellence in creative work in film and media studies Candidates must have a GPA of 3.7 in Department coursework and 3.5 overall and must show a commitment to pursuing a career in film and media, either studies or production.
* In order to be considered for departmental need-based scholarships, the Film & Media Studies deadline is March 1 for domestic students to have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or International students to have submitted a KU International Student Need Analysis.
Awards & Honors
Below is a list of Department of Film and Media Studies awards and honors.
Alumni Honor Citation: Awarded to a KU alum from the Department who has national and/or international prominence and has demonstrated continued significant contributions to his/ her profession.
Award of Merit: Awarded to a person who has made a recent significant contribution to the Department. It is intended for a single instance, as opposed to continued service.
Loren Dolezal Community Service Award: Given for outstanding service to the filmmaking community. ($)
The Bill Gilbert Award: Recognizes excellence and enthusiastic participation in film production activities and classes in the Department of Film and Media Studies and goes to a student who is interested in pursuing a career in film production. ($)
The Mike Gunter Distinguished Service Award in Film: Given to recognize film students for outstanding service and dedication to the film area. ($)
Herk Harvey GTA Award: Awarded for excellence in teaching by a graduate teaching assistant in film who has maintained an outstanding academic record. ($)
Marilyn B. Heath Distinguished Service Award: Given to honor staff and graduate students in the Department who demonstrate exceptionally dedicated service to the Department in a given year.
Ben Krout Grip Awareness Award: Awarded to recognize a student who is either interested in being a grip and/or has been working on projects as one. ($)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Awarded to recognize important contributions in film and media studies in the span of a career.
Chris Martin Visual Effects Award: Awarded to recognize an undergraduate student who is pursuing the craft of Visual Effects. ($)
David Yonally Memorial Award: This award recognizes an undergraduate Department of Film and Media Studies student who has shown outstanding promise as a young filmmaker. ($)
($) indicates monetary awards.