What Kind of Scholarships are There?
Programs for learning animation are most often part and parcel of a good art or design program. Students who are studying animation are usually also required to complete general coursework in other areas of artistic studies such as traditional illustration, film, photography, graphics and art history.
That being said, while there are scholarships specifically for those interested in animation, the student studying animation should not limit themselves only to animation scholarships, but look into scholarships that fall under general art and artistic scholarships as well.
The scholarships available for animation come in two basic kinds; those that are offered through individual colleges and universities, and those that are offered through private groups, organizations, Corporations and foundations.
Popular Animation Scholarships
Worldstudio Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships to students who are enrolled in a broad range of art programs – including animation students. Scholarships are given out based on a combination of talent, financial need and extracurricular activities.
Rhythm and Hues is a graphics company offers some very competitive scholarships which are highly desirable due to their generous tuition support. The goal of the company is to provide educational resources for students talented in art that The Company’s goal is two-fold: provide educational resources particularly for talented students whose financial need could interfere with their education.
The University of Colorado-Boulder offers Research Opportunity Grants that help to fund graduate art students work in the artistic fields – including animation. There are also internships available through the University to work with the Sundance Institute.
The San Francisco Art Institute offers a wide variety of scholarships including those studying animation. Undergraduate scholarships for freshmen can be awarded up to $15,000 each for students whose portfolios (including work, academic records and demonstrated financial need) meet the institute’s criteria. In addition, the Institute offers a $32,000 scholarship (spread over a four year program) to students who demonstrate outstanding academic talent. The Institute also manages the Osher Memorial Scholarship which offers up to $22,000 per student over their four-year academic career.
The Women in Animation Organization (established by Phyllis Craig Scholarship Fund for female student animators) offers $1,000 awards to a number of artistically talented students each year. The award also includes membership to the organization.