Application Deadline: March 2, 2018
The Presidential Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship awarded annually to one newly admitted student who demonstrates extraordinary passion, drive, and creativity and a uniquely powerful commitment to the art and craft of visual storytelling. This scholarship is a full tuition award and can be renewed annually if the recipient maintains a CGPA of 3.50.
To be eligible for the Presidential Scholarship, you must:
- Have a GPA of 3.50 or higher from high school or college
- Be accepted for enrollment in a Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Cinema at Columbia College Hollywood
To apply for the Presidential Scholarship, you must:
- Create and submit an "About Me" video (2 minutes max.)
- Create and submit a Narrative Short Film (10 minutes max.)
- Submit a Personal Statement (500 words min. / 2 pages max.)
- Submit 3 Creative Samples of your original work
To receive a scholarship award, you must:
- Enroll as a full-time student (12-16 credit units)
- Attend the New Student Orientation on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 or Thursday, September 27, 2018
- Begin your studies on October 1, 2018
About Me Video Instructions
We are more interested in your creativity and storytelling ability than in the production value of your video submission. We want to know why you are the best candidate for a scholarship that will help you learn the art and craft of visual storytelling. Your "About Me" video must be no longer than 2 minutes.
Please address the following questions in your “About Me” video so we can learn more about you:
- Who are you?
- Where are you from?
- What kind of career are you interested in?
- Do you have any related experience? If so, what is it?
- What inspires you?
- What obstacles are you facing or have you overcome?
- Why did you choose to attend Columbia College Hollywood instead of other schools?
- What can you contribute to the Columbia College Hollywood creative community?
- Why should Columbia College Hollywood accept you over other applicants?
- Tell us about your favorite book or film.
Narrative Short Film Instructions
Columbia College Hollywood nurtures a culture designed to inspire a deep appreciation of visual storytelling. Your narrative short film submission must represent your current grasp of film and video production through your unique artistic point of view. Your film must be no more than 10 minutes in length. The scholarship review committee is looking for your creative fearlessness and a singular proficiency in creating work that communicates your ideas competently.
Personal Statement Instructions
The Personal Statement is your opportunity to exhibit your individuality through the lens of your unique experiences and background. The scholarship review committee views your submission as a measure of your personal vision and creative inner life. Think of your Personal Statement as a story about you. We want to learn about how your personal journey, experiences, hardships, values, and choices have made you the storyteller you are today. Your Personal Statement must be at least 500 words but no longer than 2 pages.
Topics may include:
- What are your values?
- What images and stories have shaped your worldview?
- How have these things informed and molded you as a self-aware artist?
- What do you have to say that's solely yours?
Please do not confuse a general love of film or a fleshed-out critique of films that have inspired you with your individual perspective and creative vision. Remember there is no one-size-fits-all response. You are limited only by your imagination.
Creative Samples Instructions
Applicants for the Presidential Scholarship must submit three creative samples:
- Creative Sample #1: A finished work of film or video (10 minutes max.)
This film or video must showcase your creativity. This work can be narrative, documentary, or animated. We will be looking for your storytelling ability more than your technical expertise. Eligibility applies equally to imaginative but early stage filmmakers and those who have already begun developing a body of work.
- Creative Sample #2: A treatment for an original film project (2 pages max.)
Write a story summary in treatment form about a film you would like to make that has been percolating in you. This treatment should give us a sense of what type of filmmaking captures your imagination.
- Creative Sample #3: A personal storytelling video (2 minutes max.)
Record yourself on camera sharing a true story based on your personal experience that deep affected you. No hearsay or third-party stories. Be succinct as recordings will not be viewed beyond the two-minute mark. Your story should neither be scripted nor performed. Be sure to think through the structure and rhythms for maximum impact.