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About: Tuition support in the amount of $1,000 for an intermediate to advanced student who demonstrates a high level of commitment to their goals and who shows a special talent for the creative use of wit and wisdom in their work. Offered in memory of endeared Film Center student David King by the King Family Foundation.

Eligibility: Successful completion of two or more courses at the Northwest Film Center and in good academic and financial standing. Enrollment in Certificate Program is not required, but qualified Certificate Students may receive priority.

Guidelines: The most competitive scholarship applications are legible, spell-checked, with the Personal Statement and Resumé/Filmography laid out professionally on the page, and complete. An individual may only receive one scholarship per year. A scholarship may not be awarded to the same individual multiple times.

All materials, including work samples, must be submitted by the deadline indicated.

If a minimum number of applications are not received, or if the review panel finds that the applications received do not meet established standards of competitiveness, funds may be held for granting in a future round.

Funds cannot be used for personal expenses, equipment purchases or coursework at another educational institution, nor can they be used to pay tuition that is past due or credited toward tuition already paid.

Awarded funds will be held for a period of six months. If not utilized to register for Film Center coursework by the end of that time, the funds will be returned to the scholarship pool and re-granted to another individual in a different competitive round.

Scholarship recipients must certify that the work samples submitted with the application are their own original works and that the works do not violate copyright regulations or involve unauthorized use of copyrighted material.


How to apply:

Send the following four documents attached to an email (Word or PDF, in the body of the email will not be accepted) to

Subject line should read “David King Scholarship Application”.

Deadline to apply is October 15th by 5pm (if awarded, can be used toward Winter Term classes).

Personal Statement:
What themes or subjects are you using or planning to use in your filmmaking and why are you interested in them? What have you learned so far, and where do you believe you are headed? Describe any obstacles that you have encountered and how you have tried to move past them. How will this particular scholarship help you go further? Be sure to review the purpose of the scholarship and include how you meet the scholarship’s stated priorities.

Work Samples:
On a single document, links to up to three work samples each with title, running time, and one to two sentence synopsis. If made in a class at the Film Center, indicate class name, term, and instructor. Screenplays, treatments, photographs, drawings or other materials may be submitted in place of media work samples. If you cannot submit links and would like to submit your work as files on a thumb drive, you may do so by simply mailing (1219 SW Park Ave; attention Education Director) or dropping off the thumb drive (934 SW Salmon) along with the other documents printed out.

Indicate your education and employment background (paid and volunteer, film and non-film) as well as specific skills, interests, and recognition that you have received. The filmography should list each film you have worked on (title, year of completion, running time, format), the production role you played (e.g. writer), a very brief description (e.g. “a documentary about the AIDS epidemic”), and awards, honors or screenings it has received (e.g. Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival).

The names of three professional references who are familiar with your work. Do not name friends, relatives or fellow students.

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