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Student Academy Awards

Offered by The Oscars

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Apr 6, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

College & Graduate Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

June 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a college student interested in filmmaking? If so, consider applying for the Student Academy Awards! The competition is open to university students who submit film pieces that were made as part of coursework or a school project. Hosted by The Oscars or “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science”, the program serves as an international student film competition. The Academy is known for awarding filmmakers for artistic and technical merit across the American and international film industries. Thus, in 1972, they established the “Student Academy Awards” to support and encourage aspiring young filmmakers.

Students may submit their films in one of four categories: narrative, documentary, animation, or alternative/experimental. Winning filmmakers in each category can earn up to $5,000. If you have a passion for filmmaking and would like to participate in a prestigious film competition, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The contest is open to college students enrolled who have created a film as part of a school project or coursework. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

College & Graduate Students


US Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA, Other

Academic Interest

Visual & Performing Arts, Film/Video Production

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application, a film that was created for a school project or coursework, and the below application materials.

No essay

40-minute film

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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Student Academy Awards winner will be announced: October 2023.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The Oscars at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Student Academy Awards is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and DACA recipients.
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