There are many scholarship opportunities for theatre & film students at UAF.

The first step in the scholarship process is to visit the UAF Financial Aid website and begin the paperwork process. The deadline for this is February 15. If you have questions prior to applying contact the department office.

UAF Financial Aid


William and Dorothy Jane Wood Talent Grant

Former University of Alaska President William R. Wood, and his wife, Dorothy Jane, were longtime and ardent supporters of the university. This talent grant endowment was funded and grown for many years through the Crossroads fashion show held by the UAF College of Fellows. The purpose of the grant is to recruit and retain students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who exhibit exceptional potential for excellence in the fine arts and to encourage them to further develop their talent while enrolled at UAF.

William and Dorothy Jane Wood



Application Procedure

Students must submit the Wood Talent Grant application form, essay, letter of recommendation, and portfolio/performance samples. Application forms are available at the Music, Art, and Theatre and Film Department offices and the UAF Financial Aid Office. Continuing grants for previous year recipients may be considered, but students must re-apply.

Deliver, email, or mail completed application materials to:
Scholarship Manager
c/o UAF Financial Aid Office
Room 107 Eielson Building
PO Box 756360
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6360

Award Amount

One or several awards (minimum $1000) will be made at the discretion of the selection committee.


Forfeiture of Award

Recipient will forfeit the talent grant if he/she:

  1. Does not enroll in the semester in which the award is to be in effect.
  2. Is placed on academic probation.
All application materials must be received (not postmarked) by 5:00 p.m. on April 19, 2024.

General questions or concerns about this talent grant can be addressed to the Scholarship Manager, 907-474-7155, or via e-mail at Also check out more scholarship information on UAF's Financial Aid website.



Adrina Knutson Memorial Project Grant for Film Students


Photo of Adrina Knutson outdoors holding audio equipment

Adrina Louise Knutson

This grant is established in memory of Adrina Louise Knutson, a young woman who loved family, friends and community, touching all. Whose smile lifted darkness and warmed hearts. Adrina was born February 16, 1991, the first daughter of Tony and Julie (Lightwood) Knutson. Her home was at Kenny Lake on the homestead of her grandparents, Sam and Marian Lightwood. She attended Kenny Lake School for 13 years and completed three years at UAF as a film major.

While on a University of Alaska Fairbanks sponsored film project in Tanzania, Africa, Adrina Knutson, 21, died August 6, 2012 in an auto accident. An artist, a dancer, a friend, a sister, an inspiration, there was nothing Adrina couldn't do; her passionate kindness impacted so many lives. From a young age, she used art, photography, writing, dance and film to express herself. Adrina saw life as an adventure waiting to be had, taking along anyone willing.

This grant is designed to support dedicated filmmakers who reflect Adrina’s creative spirit.



Recipient must be a UAF student. Recipient does not need to be a Film & Performing Arts major, but must be working with and through the Theatre and Film department as they create their film.

Preferences have been ranked by the Knutson family as follows:

Application Procedure

Apply online here

Please upload the following items into a Google Drive folder with permissions set to “Anyone may View/Comment). Please send a link to this google drive through our online form by 5PM February 3, 2023.  

  1. Film script or detailed treatment
  2. Production budget (if more than project amount please explain source of additional required funds)
  3. Production schedule (approximate dates are fine)
  4. Cover letter which articulates your vision and intention for the project, and the value it will serve towards your future. 

Award Amount

Project award for 2023 is: $700    

Awards will be announced by February 20, 2023.

Projects will be selected based on the interdisciplinarity of the film/project and the student's commitment to the profession.

DEADLINE: February 3, 2023, 5pm

All film rights remain with the creator. If the film is shown in such a manner that produces ticket revenues or other revenues, it is the creator's choice whether such proceeds are donated back to the fund to allow it to continue into the future.

Shanon Gallant Memorial Art Scholarship


Minimum award amount shall be $1,000 per academic year.

Purpose: To provide scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks students who are declared majors in the art program. This scholarship is available to students in the art program and the theatre/film program. 

Applications are submitted through the UAF Financial Aid Office.






Kasugahara Miki (left) and Natalie Tan Rei Hsi (right) ice skate on the frozen Tanana Lake with Nanook Recreation on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. | UAF Photo by Sarah Manriquez

Did you know?


CLA has been the beneficiary of some truly generous gifts from alumni, friends, former professors and staff and other donors. The College of Liberal Arts has many scholarships to offer, from department-specific to college-wide. Why don't you see if there's another here for you?



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