The Theatre and Media Arts department provides a variety of financial aid opportunities for its students. Merit scholarships are available for both incoming and continuing students. Groups or individuals within the program may apply for the Fulton grant (go to the Fulton application). Students in their senior year qualify to apply for the Outstanding Student award. There are additional funding opportunities available through the college and university.

For the full list of college funding, university funding, and off-campus funding for the College of Fine Arts and Communications, please visit their Student Scholarships and Grants page.

Merit Scholarships


Merit Scholarships are given to students seeking financial aid toward tuition and school debt. They are intended for continuing students. They range between $100 and $765 per semester, and are awarded in February for the following spring/summer terms and fall and winter semesters. Awards are nontransferable.

Recipients must generally be full-time, degree-seeking students majoring in Theatre and Media Arts during the year for which he or she applies. For questions, email Lindsi Neilson at


The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Winter 2020. Please submit your application ahead of time to ensure your eligibility.

Merit Scholarship Application–Continuing Student

Outstanding Student Award

Outstanding Student Award


The Outstanding student award is awarded at the end of every school year to graduating students who are selected by the faculty in their area of study. Graduating seniors who are planning on graduating before December may apply for the award. Finalists are then selected by their faculty to make a short presentation about their academic and citizenship contributions to the department. After the presentations, the faculty select an Outstanding student recipient for each program, which is awarded during the student award ceremony held in April.

The following are the criteria used to determine the Outstanding Student in the Theatre and Media Arts Department:

Service to the department
Service to other students
Evidence of sound career preparation and planning
Evidence of ability to make a significant difference in the field
Ability to present himself/herself effectively.


The Outstanding Student Award application is due by midnight on Friday, March 1, 2019.

Click here to apply for the Outstanding Student Award

Project Funding
Scene from Mr. Bellpond
Behind the scenes of the BYU production of "Mr. Bellpond."

Looking for a way to fund a special project in an area such as theatre or film? There are several funding options available for you.

Note: In almost every instance funding is reimbursed upon receipt of proof of expenditure.

Experiential Learning Grant – (University Grant)

Application deadline: February 15, 2019

For more information and applications for this funding opportunity, please go to the Experiential Learning tab under Student Financial Aid Opportunities.

Film and Digital Media Funds (CFAC)

Application Deadline: February 21, 2019; September 25, 2019

WHAT IS THE CFAC FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA FUND? Under the direction of the College of Fine Arts and Communications (CFAC), the Film and Digital Media Fund (FMDF) is a means by which students and faculty receive financial support to explore the application of cinematic (moving image) language, forms, structures and techniques to their respective disciplines. There are two sources of funding: (a) at the beginning of each calendar year, $10,000 is awarded to each CFAC department chair to be used at their discretion in alignment with the fund’s purpose and guidelines, and (b) twice each year, $90,000 will be awarded through an application process.

WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS DO THE FUNDS SUPPORT? The fund supports both development and production phases that stimulate thinking, experimentation and exploration. Successful proposals will:
• Propose relevant and compelling visually driven ideas and stories that are shaped and enhanced through the application of existing or emerging cinematic (moving image) language, forms, theory, techniques and tools.
• Facilitate mentored learning experiences that engage students with faculty and/or professional mentors. Preference will be given to those projects that provide significant and meaningful experiences driven by creative experimentation and execution.
• Facilitate interdisciplinary and/or intra-departmental collaboration at the conceptual, production, and/or exhibition stages.
• Demonstrate and assess project and student learning excellence by sharing (exhibiting) the completed work within and without the college.

WHO CAN SUBMIT PROPOSALS? Proposals may be submitted by CFAC students, faculty or departments. Participants of the projects may include students, faculty and other professionals who are committed to engaging ideas with cinematic (moving image) forms and expression.

Click here to learn more and apply

Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration

Application deadline: February 21, 2019; September 25, 2019

The purpose of this endowment is to create opportunities for students in the College of Fine Arts and Communications to develop and excel in collaborative environments under tutelage of master mentors. The endowment will promote and enable creative collaboration among faculty, students, artists, educators, and scholars in any of the various disciplines of the College, and establish a unique culture of student mentoring. Available earnings from the endowment will be used to (1) direct faculty and student energies toward collaborative creative activity, (2) encourage a wide variety of creative projects and establish a pervasive creative focus, (3) enable creative projects to move from concept to realization, (4) promote collaboration as a valid form of academic and creative work, (5) give as many students as reasonably possible an opportunity for a significant mentoring experience, and (6) facilitate ties and interchanges with the public.

Shortly after the project is completed, the primary applicant/organizer will be responsible for submitting the final report following the outline below.  Submit to A-501 HFAC:

  1. Project Description–be specific and detailed: who and how many were involved, where it occurred, calendar of events, major landmarks in the project, etc.
  2. Project Result–be specific and detailed: outcomes of the project, how it benefits/influences students, your discipline, type and number of mentoring experiences and the number of students involved, possible national or international impact, etc.
  3. Detailed Report of Financial Activity: specific costs incurred, all funds used to cover expenses, etc.
  4. Triplicate Copies of Documentation: original programs, DVDs, CDs, publicity materials, feedback received, and digital photo files on one CD
  5. Original Letters to the Laycock Donors: As with any donor-funded grant, it is expected that recipients of Laycock funds acknowledge their appreciation with a written letter.  This includes the primary applicant, as well as all other major recipients/participants.  If students have been directly impacted by a project, they should also submit letters indicating appreciation and telling about their experience.  These letters should be addressed to the Laycock Donors, and attached to the Funding Report.

Please contact the Dean’s Office with any questions (422-8611).

Oscarson Discovery Grant

Application deadline: March 28, 2019; September 5, 2019; December 5, 2019

The R. Don and Shirley Oscarson Discovery Grant program assists exceptional students in becoming emerging professionals in their fields. These grants are designed to help undergraduate students: 1) expose their work to the professional world through participation in competitions, high-profile performances, exhibits, festivals, internships, professional auditions, etc., and/or 2) develop the entrepreneurial skills and make professional connections necessary to launch their professional careers in the arts and communications disciplines.

Incoming Students


For incoming students pursuing the BFA Acting program: To audition for an incoming student scholarship, please prepare a Youtube video and email it to by the deadline. You should prepare two contrasting monologues (typically comedy and drama) that total 3 minutes, and also prepare for a 10-minute interview. The audition should total about 15 minutes long. The deadline for this is January 23rd.

Notice: This is not an audition that will get you into the BFA Acting progam; it is an opportunity for you to increase your eligibility for admission into the university and to receive aid for tuition. For information about proficiencies, go to “BFA Acting” under “Theatre Programs.”


The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019 for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Winter 2020. Please submit your application ahead of time to ensure your eligibility.

Merit Scholarship Application–Incoming Student

Emergency Scholarships



TMA Emergency Scholarships are student scholarships awarded to qualifying students in the Theatre and Media Arts Department. They are intended for students who need special assistance due to unforseen circumstances. Scholarships are awarded on a semester/term-by-semester/term basis. Any awarded amount applies first toward university financial holds, and then will automatically be deposited to a student’s checking account if all obligations have been met. Awards are nontransferable.


Recipients must generally be registered for a minimum of twelve credits per semester, or six credits per term. They must be matriculated degree-seeking students either declared as a pre-major, major, or minor in Theatre and Media Arts during the year for which they are applying (Media Arts pre-majors are not eligible for this scholarship). The Executive Committee reviews applications and awards amounts based on need.


TMA Emergency Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Experiential Learning


Areas of Support

The Experiential Learning Scholarship provides support in the following areas:

  1. Individual Scholarly and Creative Projects
  2. Group Scholarships and Projects
  3. Department Initiatives
  4. Program Area Support

Projects and Initiatives

The Experiential Learning Scholarship supports the following projects and initiatives:

  • Scholarships
  • Student mentored experiences
  • Student travel grants
  • Internships
  • Student showcases
  • Guests and speakers from the professional community
  • The Children’s Media Initiative
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre and Media Arts Education

Faculty Applications

Faculty applying for Media/Theatre Faculty Fulton Funds need, first, to submit a proposal for funding through their area head. This request can be a paragraph description and a budget overview. With area head’s approval, the faculty member can then send the proposal to the department chair, for review. If approved by the Executive Committee, then the chair will send the proposal out to the respective faculty (media or theatre) for final approval. Applications are received on a rolling basis.

Application Deadlines

  • February 15, 2019

Student Applications

Students applying for the Fulton funding should understand and comply with the following guidelines. Since funds are limited, there is strong competition. It will be the responsibility of the Fulton Committee under the direction of the Executive Committee to judge the relative merit of proposed projects.

Application Forms

The Professional Development funding applications, used for:

  • Internships
  • Student Teaching
  • Auditions
  • Graduate school (application fees, interviews, etc.)
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Other professional development opportunities*

*Additional information or justification of a proposal may be requested for proposals that fall under this category.
The link to this application is: Professional Development Funding Application

The Creative Project funding applications can be group projects, and should be used for:

  • Media Arts capstone projects
  • Mask Clubs
  • TMA 536 projects
  • Research efforts
  • Dramaturgy projects
  • Other Media Arts or Theatre projects*

*Additional information or justification of a proposal may be requested for proposals that fall under this category.
The link to this application is: Creative Project Funding Application

Application Deadlines

  • Winter Semester: February 15, 2019


Fulton grants are only open to students who have been accepted as a Major or Minor to one of the programs within the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.

The basic criteria for this funding grant is whether or not the proposed activity makes a significant contribution to a student’s academic interests or moves the student toward his or her future career path. The project must be an essential part of the student’s educational purposes, tied to their scholarly and/or professional goals.

Application Procedure

Fulton funding applications are now available online (see above). The application should be filled out online by the deadline at 11:59 PM. Each application must be endorsed by a full time faculty mentor, and you must meet and discuss your proposal with your faculty mentor before the application deadline. If you do not meet with your faculty mentor before the deadline, you will be automatically disqualified.

For questions, contact Lindsi Neilson by email ( or the front desk at 801-422-6645.

Follow-up Materials (Required if funds are approved)

If funding is approved, in order to receive the last 5% or $25 of your funding you must write a thank-you note addressed to Ira Fulton, thanking him for the funding and describing how this funding helped you. Please include a photo of yourself and/or one of your project.

The form can be found here.

Other Conditions:

Funding must be used within nine months of the time it is awarded. (Exceptions to this guideline must be approved in writing on the TMA Department’s Executive Committee.

Experiential Learning Student & Faculty Support Grants

Application deadlines: February 15, 2019

The basic criteria to receive a Experiential Learning student or faculty support grant is whether or not the proposed activity makes a significant contribution to the student’s academic interests or moves the student toward his or her future career path. The project must be an essential part of the applicant’s educational purposes, tied to their scholarly or professional goals. For details and applications, see the Fulton Application Process.

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