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Scholarships and Grants

These awards facilitate and reward excellent student scholarship. There are many opportunities to apply for various University and outside Scholarships, Competitions and Grants.

Production Grants


School of Communications Scholarship
DEADLINE: the first Monday in February, 5:00 p.m.
The School of Communications Scholarship is designed to honor upper level School of Communications students who have demonstrated promise in their chosen field of study. Scholarship funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. The student must have declared a major in the School of Communications, be in good academic standing, and have completed a minimum of 30 credits at GVSU. Individual scholarships will be in the $1000. range. The scholarships are not automatically renewable, but students may re-apply. Scholarship awards begin fall of the following academic year. Decision will be based on quality and content of application materials. Application Guidelines

Dr. Margaret Proctor School of Communications Scholarship
DEADLINE: the first Monday in March, 5:00 p.m.
The scholarship is intended to benefit School of Communications students who write in a vivid, direct and unique voice. It is designed especially with fiction-writing in mind, which includes writing for film and theater. The exact amount of total monies available for the scholarship will not be less than $500 nor more than $1,000. Application Guidelines

The Warren Reynolds Scholarship
The Warren Reynolds Scholarship is named in honor of the longtime sports director at WOOD- TV in Grand Rapids. Warren Reynolds, who died of cancer in 2000 and was a champion of charitable causes throughout the region, left a legacy of integrity in broadcast journalism. This scholarship is intended for students who exemplify these ideals and show a passion for electronic media. Preference will be given to students pursuing a career in sports broadcasting.
Students are qualified to apply if they: Are currently enrolled as a full-time Junior or Senior in the School of Communications. Have demonstrated leadership in courses, internships, broadcasting assignments and extracurricular activities. Have demonstrated financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Application Guidelines

John J. and Marjorie E. Shepard Communications Scholarship
DEADLINE: the last Monday in March, 5:00 p.m. Established in memory of John J. and Marjorie E. Shepard, to support students in the Grand Valley State University School of Communications. It was their wish that a portion of their estate be designated for a scholarship to benefit students pursuing careers in broadcasting. Scholarships are renewable up to four semesters (with re-application). Individual scholarships are in the range of $1,500. Application Guidelines

Gates Millenium Scholarships
Background: The Gates Millenium Scholarship is aimed at increasing the number of low-income Afican Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, American Indians / Alaska Natives, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this award program promotes academic excellence and enhances access to higher education for thousands of outstanding low-income students.
Eligibility: Individuals are eligible to be considered for a Gates Millenium Scholarship if they: Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale; Are accepted into or enrolled full time in an accredited college or university for the academic year at the time of the award; Have demonstrated financial need as defined by the federal needs analysis formula; and Have demonstrated leadership commitment through participation in community service, extracurricular activities or other activities that reflect leadership abilities.
For further information: See your academic advisor, OR contact the GVSU office of Minority Affairs / Multicultural Center at 331-2177.

Calder Scholarship
Full Tuition for a Senior student working in the Arts ( Sch/Comm: Photography, Film & Video, Theatre)
1) Applicants are nominated by their units. Each unit may nominate up to three candidates. Applicants should be completing their third year of study. The Scholarship provides full tuition for their senior year. The committe awards one scholarship per year.
2) Applicants should provide five copies of the following materials: a personal statement explaining something of what their art means to them and what they hope that it will mean to others; a c.v.; a copy of their GVSU transcript (the kind they can get off the computer is fine); three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a faculty member in the nominating unit; any supplemental materials that seem appropriate (concert/exhibit programs, etc.).
3) Deadline for completed applications: March.
4) The judging sessions will be scheduled for late March or early April. The committee will meet with each candidate for approximately half an hour. The applicants will perform/present samples of their work and discuss them with the committee members.

Dirk Koning Film/Video Scholarship
Dirk Koning was the founding Director of the Community Media Center in Grand Rapids MI, and an adjunct faculty member at GVSU. Dirk was a media visionary, a passionate ambassador for public access, who believed that the airwaves belong to the people. He was an internationally recognized media activist and champion for free speech. Dirk died unexpectedly in 2005 at the age of 48. We have named this scholarship in his honor. Scholarship moneys from this fund are awarded on a competitive basis to upper level Film and Video Production majors who have made or intend to make media that contributes to the improvement of society. Individual scholarships, in the $1000 range, are not automatically renewable, but students may re-apply. Scholarship awards begin fall of the following academic year. Awards are based on an essay, resume, and grade point average, determined by a committee consisting of Film/Video faculty and community representatives. Application Guidelines and more information.

WGVU Public Media Student Employee Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize the importance of student employees at the public broadcasting stations, to encourage excellence in the student staff and to reward outstanding efforts on the part of student employees. Must be a student employee of WGVU Public Media. Application Guidelines and more information.

Bert Price Minority Scholarship
Annual, entering minority freshman. Application Guidelines and more information

MCA-A Bill Rigstand Communication Scholarship
Annual $2,000 plus Detroit-area internship. For more information and an application, visit or call 248/577-3782.

Eastman Scholarship Program
Annual tuition and fees to film majors. Spring deadline. More information. (Requires going through Film/Video faculty. )

William J & Margaret G. Branstrom Fund Award for partial tuition.
Photography and Film/Video students. Annual. Up to around $375 to each of 2-4 students. Deadline for selection by faculty (no application allowed) is early May.

National Press Photographers Foundation Scholarships
5 $1000.00 grants per year from the National Press Photographers Foundation. Students must submit a portfolio of their work demonstrating skill, versatility and potential. Financial need is also a criterion. The deadline is March 1 every year. For More Information: See the National Press Photographers Foundation scholarship information page at:


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Production Grants:

Film/Video biannual Production grants
Multiple grants of several hundred dollars each. Application guidelines available on the Film/Video website. Turn in application and supporting materials to the SOC office, 290 LSH. Deadlines in November and March. Click here for further information.

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