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The Film Center’s Scholarship Program provides adults, teens and children with tuition support for classes, workshops and/or camps that will advance their personal and/or professional goals as media makers. Each scholarship has its own purpose, eligibility criteria, and set of requirements, as described below. Multiple applications are allowed. However, separate and complete applications must be submitted for each scholarship.

Need Based Tuition Assistance – for Kids and Teens interested in Summer Camps, Winter Break Camps, Spring Break Camps, or School Year Weekend Classes

Families with a child or teen interested in the media arts and with significant financial need may request partial or full tuition assistance. Significant need means that it would be impossible for the student to participate in a Camp or Class if tuition and fees are not substantially reduced (please indicate this clearly in your application). There is no deadline and assistance is awarded on a rolling basis. One application (for one child) per family, please. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received tuition assistance previously. Young women, and young people of color are encouraged to apply.

Fill out the General Tuition Assistance Application Form Online 

Frank Hood Scholarship – for Teen Students interested in the summer Media Arts Academy

The Frank Hood Scholarship provides $500 in tuition support for our summer Media Arts Academy for Teens. Priority is given to those whose career and/or college goals include working in film.

The deadline for Summer 2019 is June 3, 2019. Instructions and application are here.

If you have questions or are unable to download any of the applications, please contact or 503-221-1156.

Need Based Scholarship for Adult Students


For 2019 Spring Term classes, scholarship applications due March 29th.

This scholarship supports the participation of women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals in one class at the Northwest Film Center and is designed for both new and returning students who have demonstrated high interest in learning filmmaking in addition to significant financial need. High interest may be indicated in terms of future goals, both creative and professional. Significant financial need means that it would be impossible for a student to participate without financial support.

1) A letter of interest (1 page maximum) that outlines your goals, needs, and which specific class you’d like to take and why.

2) Your resume (2 page maximum) with relevant experience, work, and education. If you come from another arts discipline, feel free to also include a link to your portfolio or website.

Send these documents as attachments (within the body of the email will not be accepted) via email to Education Programs Manager, Mia Ferm,

Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. Awards will be dependent on class selected, need, and availability of funds.

David King Scholarship – for returning Adult Students

Tuition support in the amount of $1,000 for a student who demonstrates a high level of commitment to their studies and whose works show a special talent for wit and wisdom. To be eligible: You must have successfully completed two or more courses at the Northwest Film Center and be in good academic and financial standing. Enrollment in Certificate Program not required, but qualified Certificate Students may receive priority. Thanks to the King Family Foundation for support of this opportunity.

For guidelines and to fill out the application online, go here.