COLUMBIA COLLEGE HOLLYWOOD SCHOLARSHIPS

We want to empower new talent, new creators, and new voices. That’s why we offer scholarships to passionate, committed first-time students.

We encourage you to apply to any scholarship you feel fits your qualifications. Scholarships can be renewed annually, provided you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

This form of financial aid does not need to be paid back and can play an important role in financing your degree. Please review the eligibility requirements, application procedures, and deadlines below.

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Scholarship Descriptions

The Service + Leadership Scholarship recognizes the extraordinary effort of students who have taken initiative to actively contribute to contribute to society in a meaningful way.

Value: Up to $20,000 total for a BFA program. Up to $10,000 for an associate degree program.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Service + Leadership Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a new, first-term student
  • Enroll in a minimum of 8 credit units
  • Submit a personal essay of 500 words or more that demonstrates the applicant’s engagement in a significant community initiative that has a positive impact on the lives of others
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from an appropriate reference, such as an adult supervisor or administrator in the community initiative, teacher, or counselor. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the college by the recommender

For continued eligibility beyond the first academic year (AY1), students must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher and enroll in a minimum of 8 credits per term.

Distribution: The maximum annual award is $5,000 per academic year, awarded in three equal per-term installments. To receive the maximum award, the recipient must enroll in 16 credit hours per term. Awards are prorated for each term in which the recipient enrolls in fewer than 16 credit hours.

As a nonprofit institution committed to serving the surrounding community, the college offers a limited number of grants to extraordinary students based on the recommendation of our sponsoring community partner organizations and individuals.

Value: 50% reduction in the cost of tuition

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Community Partner Grant, a student must:

  • Be a new, first-term student
  • Enroll in a minimum of 8 credit units
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from the student’s sponsoring community partner organization or individual asserting that the student has the drive, ability, and commitment to successfully complete a college degree program

If the applicant’s high school CGPA falls below the minimum required for admission, the recommender must confirm that the applicant is prepared for the rigor of a Columbia College Hollywood program and help define additional assistance the applicant may need from the college. Letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the college by the recommender.

For continued eligibility beyond the first academic year (AY1), students must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher and enroll in a minimum of 8 credits per term.

Distribution: Awarded each term at the rate of 50% of the student’s tuition cost for enrolled credits.

This scholarship is awarded to new 1st term students who have successfully transferred 12 or more credit units to Columbia College Hollywood that were earned at an eligible prior college or university. Please see the Transfer Credit Policy for details. The Transfer Student Scholarship may not be combined with an Achievement Grant.

Value: Up to $25,000 per program

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Transfer Student Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be a new, first-term transfer student
  • Enroll in a minimum of 8 credit units
  • Successfully transfer 12 or more credit units earned at a prior institution
  • Show a CGPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale from the most recently attended eligible institution

For continued eligibility beyond the first academic year (AY1), students must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher each term and enroll in a minimum of 8 credits per term.

Distribution: Awarded on a sliding scale based on CGPA at the time of transfer/admission.

  • 3.75 – 4.0 CGPA: $25,000 Scholarship awarded at $6,250/year or $2,083/16 credit term
  • 3.25 – 3.74 CGPA: $22,000 Scholarship awarded at $5,500/year or $1,833/16 credit term
  • 2.75 – 3.24 CGPA: $20,000 Scholarship awarded at $5,000/year or $1,666/16 credit term

Awards are prorated if the recipient enrolls in fewer than 16 credit hours per term.

The Opportunity Grant provides extra tuition assistance for the first academic year to new students who demonstrate financial need.

Value: Up to $2,000 for the first academic year

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Opportunity Grant, a student must:

  • Be a new, first-term student
  • Be Pell Grant eligible
  • Show a post-verification (if selected) Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $1,000 or below

Distribution: Awarded in three equal installments during the first academic year. The award is prorated for terms in which the recipient enrolls in fewer than 16 credits.

The Achievement Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded to new, first-time students and new, 1st term transfer students.

Value: Up to $20,000 total per program for bachelor’s degree students or up to $6,000 total per program for associate degree students.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Achievement Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a new, first-term student
  • Show proof of an unweighted CGPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale from the most recently attended accredited institution
  • Enroll for a minimum of 12 credits in the first term

For continued eligibility beyond the first enrolled quarter, students must maintain a CGPA of 3.0 or higher during each term and enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per term.

Distribution: Award funds are applied in equal installments during each academic year. Students enrolled for 16 credits per term will receive the full scholarship award for the term. Students enrolled for 12 credits per term will receive 75% of the scholarship award for the term.

Amounts distributed over four years for a bachelor’s degree program (16 credits per term):

  • AY1: $2,000 – Maximum term award of $667
  • AY2: $4,000 – Maximum term award of $1,334
  • AY3: $6,000 – Maximum term award of $2,000
  • AY4: $8,000 – Maximum term award of $2,667

Amounts distributed over two years for an associate degree program (16 credits per term):

  • AY1: $2,000 – Maximum term award of $667
  • AY2: $4,000 – Maximum term award of $1,334

Award amounts are prorated based on any incoming transfer credit. For example, if an incoming student has four quarters remaining to complete an associate program and enrolls in 16 credits per term to successfully complete the degree program, the maximum Achievement Scholarship award amount would be $3,334 ($667 in Q1 funding + $667 Q2 funding + $666 in Q3 funding + $1,334 in Q4 funding).

The Future Filmmakers Scholarship is for incoming BFA Cinema and AFA Cinema students that demonstrate early initiative and creative potential through a portfolio of film and video work.

Value: Up to $10,000 per first academic year

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Future Filmmaker Scholarship, students must:

  • Be new, first-term students
  • Provide a portfolio of samples of their own creative work meeting the published criteria to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
  • Enroll for 12 quarter credits per term
  • Submit the $250 deposit prior to submission of work samples

Distribution: Award funds are applied in equal installments during the first successfully completed academic year.

Submission Guidelines
Applicants must submit a portfolio that demonstrates creativity, skill, and collaboration in the area of film through work samples that meet below criteria. Portfolios will be judged based on the student’s vision as evidenced by originality and clarity of story, technical ability, and overall production quality.

Film portfolio submissions must include:

  • Minimum one-page write-up that describes:
    • The applicant’s specific contribution to the work
    • The inspiration for the piece
    • The aesthetic and creative concepts for the piece
  • Five pieces of work submitted according to any of the below specifications:
  • Films with running time of 10 minutes or under in the .mov file format
  • Still photographs in .jpg or .PDF file format
  • Screenplays, written stories or essays in the .PDF file format
  • Storyboards accompanied by shot list in .jpg or .PDF file format

The Pixel Pusher Scholarship is designed for incoming BFA VFX and BFA Graphic Design + Interactive Media students who demonstrate initiative and creative potential via submission of a portfolio of work in their chosen field of study.

Value: Up to $10,000 per first academic year

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Pixel Pusher Scholarship, students must:

  • Be new, first-term students
  • Provide a portfolio of samples of their own creative work meeting the published criteria to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee
  • Enroll for a minimum of 12 credits per term
  • Submit the $250 enrollment deposit prior to submission of work samples

Distribution: Award funds are applied in equal installments during the first academic year.

Submission Guidelines
Graphic Design + Interactive Media submissions must include:

  • 7-10 pieces of work in .PPT or .PDF file format
  • Work must be done by the applicant
  • Can be traditional art, photography, or design work

VFX submissions must include:

  • 7-10 pieces of work in .PPT or .PDF format
  • Work must be done by the applicant
  • Can be traditional art, photography, design, or animated work

If the piece is animated, please submit a Vimeo link to a hosted version of the video file.

Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Scholarship Program
Columbia College Hollywood participates in the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship Program to assist new and continuing veteran students in funding their education.

Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the college coordinates with the Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA) to ensure full coverage of a veteran’s institutional charges from the college.

Value: The college’s scholarship amount ensures that the veteran student’s tuition and fees are covered 100% despite the annual cap set by the VA.

Eligibility: In order to access this benefit, a veteran student must qualify into the 100% coverage tier of the Chapter 33 Benefits Program.

For additional information, please visit https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

About Columbia College Hollywood

Columbia College Hollywood is where visual arts thrive. With campuses in Los Angeles and Chicago, we provide accessible education that fuses creative studies in film, graphic design, visual effects, and interactive media with liberal arts.

We aim to cultivate the talents of our students with our unique learn-by-doing approach. Our programs allow students to immerse themselves in their discipline as well as cross-discipline projects that simulate work for a well-rounded experience. Here they will develop confidence in their abilities and build lifelong connections. Columbia College Hollywood is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).