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IAIA Scholarships for Cinematic Arts & Technology and Broadcast Journalism


The deadline is fast approaching to apply for two significant scholarships for IAIA students seeking degrees in Cinematic Arts & Technology or certificates in Broadcast Journalism. These valuable scholarships from highly respected and recognizable sources offer incoming, transfer, and continuing IAIA students opportunities to advance their career goals while making a college education more affordable. Both scholarships are intended for individuals whose dedication to story-telling—especially Indigenous people telling Indigenous stories—is manifested through film, video, and other broadcast media.

Learn more about these opportunities below and mark your calendars—applications for these scholarships are due by Friday, July 22, 2022, at 8 am (MDT).

The George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Newcomer and Proven Storyteller Scholarships were established by Santa Fe resident and novelist George R.R. Martin. He is widely known for his A Song of Ice and Firefantasy novel series, which was the basis for HBO’s epic TV series, Game of Thrones. Both scholarships are for students seeking a degree in Cinematic Arts & Technology with a demonstrated passion for storytelling. The Newcomer Scholarship is available to incoming freshman and transfer students. The Proven Storyteller Scholarship is for continuing students, sophomore and above, with a GPA of at least 3.0. Each scholarship is worth $5,000.

Martin created the George R.R. Martin Literary Foundation Scholarships with a quote from the sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein in mind: “You can never pay back the people who helped you when you were starting out, so you have to pay it forward.”

Deadline: Friday, July 22, 2022, at 8 am (MDT)

NBC Universal News Group offers IAIA students scholarships for its NBCU Academy, an innovative, multi-platform journalism training and development program for four-year university and college students that provides education, on-campus training, and online programming. This incredible initiative includes a curated onsite curriculum for a hands-on learning experience with world-class NBCU News Group journalists, funding for accredited journalism programs, and scholarships to ensure a head-start for students moving into the Broadcast Journalism field.

Need-based scholarships of $10,000 are available to eligible students from diverse or underrepresented communities enrolled in IAIA’s Certificate in Broadcast Journalism. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or above and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion at their school or in their communities. Scholarship funds are for tuition assistance, student housing, internship stipends, field reporting, and equipment.


For more information, please contact Jason S. Ordaz, IAIA Director of Communications, at All photographs by Jason S. Ordaz.

About the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only college in the world dedicated to the study of contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. IAIA offers undergraduate degrees in Cinematic Arts and Technology, Creative Writing, Indigenous Liberal Studies, Museum Studies, Performing Arts, and Studio Arts; graduate degrees in Creative Writing, Studio Arts, and Cultural Administration; and certificates in Broadcast Journalism, Business and Entrepreneurship, Museum Studies, and Native American Art History. The college serves approximately 500 full-time equivalent (FTE) Native and non-Native American students from around the globe, representing nearly a hundred federally recognized tribes. Named one of the top art institutions by UNESCO and the International Association of Art, IAIA is among the leading art institutes in our nation and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).


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