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Scholarships and Awards

Each year the Film Studies Program offers a number of scholarships and awards. More detailed information about these awards can be obtained from Professor Vincent Bohlinger, Director of the Film Studies Program, in Craig-Lee 042 ​or through email at

Tess Hoffman Scholarship

Tuition-based financial scholarship awarded to a Film Studies major who has exhibited exemplary scholarship. Requirements include at least 60 hours and at least one semester left at RIC. All eligible students are automatically considered by the Film Studies faculty for this scholarship. The Tess Hoffman Scholarship was funded by a generous bequest from the estate of Dr. Tess Hoffman, long-time faculty member and co-founder of the Film Studies Program. Awarded each spring.

Talent Awards

Tuition-based financial scholarships that recognize and support new and emerging film talent. Full-time Film Studies majors and minors in good standing are eligible to apply in 1) video and/or film production; 2) screenwriting; and 3) audio production. The Director of Film Studies sends out an announcement each semester to all Film Studies majors and minors with information about the application process and deadline. A committee of Film Studies faculty members evaluates all submitted projects and determines the distribution of Talent Award monies. Awarded each semester.

Mark Estrin Graduating Senior Award

Presented to a graduating Film Studies major who has exhibited exemplary scholarship and/or creative work and has demonstrated leadership within the program; by faculty nomination. Named after Dr. Mark Estrin, long-time faculty member and co-founder of the Film Studies Program. Dr. Estrin inspired generations of Film Studies students with his passion for film and commitment to excellence. Awarded at the Cap and Gown Convocation each spring.

Page last updated: July 10, 2019