Scholarship Programs

ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum 2019 Scholarships Application Requirements

The Animation Educators Forum is proud to announce its 2019-2020 academic year scholarships. Last year, the AEF awarded over $40,000 in scholarships to ten students.


We will begin accepting applications at our online application site – – on February 15, 2019.

Application deadline is May 1, 2019.

Scholarship awards will be announced after June 1, 2019.


Our scholarships are merit-based awards designed to support college students in continuing their education in the field of animation. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000 and may be applied toward:

  • tuition
  • books and supplies
  • formal academic research
  • animation equipment (including computer hardware and software)
  • senior or graduate projects

In addition, all scholarship award winners will receive a 1-year associate membership to ASIFA-Hollywood.


In order to be eligible for the scholarship award, the following MINIMUM criteria must be met:

  • Applicants must be undergraduate students entering their second year of study or above. Graduate students at all levels are also invited to apply.
  • Applications from international students are welcome.
  • Applicants must be attending a college, university or trade program in the field of animation that is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. Institutions not located in the United States must be accredited in the country where the school is located.
  • Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or above.
  • Applicants must plan to attend both semesters of 2019-20 academic year. Students planning to attend only a portion of the year (ex. Spring semester) are NOT eligible for the Scholarship.
  • Applications will only be considered for the semester(s) that the student will be actively attending classes. Awards cannot be “reserved” for Spring semester classes nor during a Leave of Absence.
  • To receive the scholarship funds, the awardee must be able to provide proof of registration for Fall 2019. Special accommodations may be made for award winners attending Accredited Institutions with academic calendars that do not align with the common Fall/Spring semester schedule.
  • Students cannot be awarded the ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Student Scholarship for two consecutive academic years. Recipients of the Scholarship in the previous year (2018-19) are ineligible for this year.
  • All applications must be completed by 11:59 PM PST on May 1, 2019.


Application materials will include:

  • A short biography (500 words maximum) describing the applicant’s experience as an animation major. (Tips: This could include why you chose animation, a course or teacher that has been meaningful to you, your participation in your school’s animation club, and any animation-related internship or work experience that you have had.)
  • A proposal (1000 words maximum) for the scholarship describing how the award will be used and how that will benefit the applicant’s goals in animation. (Tip: Stay on target – know how you intend to use the funds and communicate that clearly. For example, tell us about that incredible project you have planned and how the award will help you complete it – support your request with proof of concept artwork, a project timeline and measurable goals.)
  • An estimated budget (500 words maximum) describing how the funds will be spent. For example, the budget might include a list of equipment, itemized travel expenses or tuition. (Tip: Please use realistic estimates that you have researched and be as specific as possible. Your budget should be related to your proposal for the use of scholarship funds.
Bad example: $1000 for creation of animated short – far too vague and may be unrealistic. Good example: $699 for 1 hour of voice acting quoted from
  • One or more of the following, based on the focus of the application: a formal abstract for an academic paper, an animation reel (2 minute maximum) and/or still art (10 piece maximum) demonstrating the applicant’s strengths and/or artistic breadth (see note below).

This requirement will vary depending on the proposed use of the Scholarship: applicants focusing on formal research may not need to provide an animation reel or still art, while applicants focusing on art/animation may not need to provide an abstract or paper.

  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a faculty member that is familiar with the work of the applicant, and one from a current ASIFA member OR an individual with verified professional animation experience (see note below).

If the applicant is unable to secure a recommendation from an ASIFA member in the area, his/her school or faculty member may join any ASIFA chapter to fulfill this requirement. If the applicant is unable to find a willing party, he/she may substitute a recommendation from an individual with professional animation experience that may be verified by the Animation Educators Forum.

If locating an ASIFA chapter/member or animation professional is too difficult, the applicant should contact to discuss other possibilities.


A panel of animation educators and professionals will judge the completed applications. Awards will be announced after June 1, 2019. All awardees will receive written notification from the AEF Scholarship Committee at the time of announcement. Information on the status of applications will not be released by email until the awards have been formally announced.


Members of ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum Scholarship Committee will stay in touch with the awardees throughout the scholarship year. All awardees will be required to provide ASIFA-Hollywood with:

  • Permission to use the awardee’s artwork and/or scholarly writings in promoting the Scholarship
  • Midyear and Final Reports that document how the scholarship was utilized
  • An essay describing how the award supported his/her educational goals
  • A reel, collection of still images or academic paper showcasing the student’s creative and/or scholarly work
  • An image that may be used for promoting the scholarship