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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 Scholarship for Adult Women Students
This scholarship is for need-based tuition assistance for women and female-identifying students. The scholarship supports working women video and filmmakers who reside in Oregon and SW Washington (Clark County) who are already in the industry or are industry oriented.

To apply, please email as an attachment a letter of interest (1-2 pages) that outlines your goals, needs, and which class you’d like to take; plus a resume with relevant experience, work, and education to Education Programs Manager, Mia Ferm at, with email subject header “Women Filmmakers Scholarship.” PDFs preferred. Awards will be dependent on class selected, need, and availability of funds. Award notifications for Winter Term 2018 will be made by mid January.

For consideration for Winter Term 2018 classes starting the week of January 22nd, please submit your application by Friday, January 12th, 5pm.


David King Scholarship – for Adult Students

Tuition support in the amount of $1,000 for a student who demonstrates a high level of commitment to his/her studies and whose works show a special talent for wit and wisdom. Eligibility: Successful completion of two or more courses at the Northwest Film Center and 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. There are generally two application deadlines, one in the fall to use toward fall class tuition and one in the winter to use toward spring class tuition. Dates, however, are subject to change. 

Fall Deadline has passed. Please check back in 2018 for the next round. 


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 film interested child or teen and significant financial need may request partial or full tuition assistance. Significant need means that it would be impossible for the family member to participate in a Camp or Class if tuition and fees are not substantially reduced. 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. Use the form below for all camps and classes except the Media Arts Academy for Teens (Summer). If your teen is interested in the Media Arts Academy, please submit an application for the Frank Hood Scholarship.

Fill out the General Tuition Assistance Application Form Online or
Download a PDF of the General Tuition Assistance Application


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 2017 has passed. The application deadline for Summer 2018 is April 1, 2018.

Download the Frank Hood Scholarship Application



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