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   1st Place – $10,000

2nd Place – $9,000

 3rd Place – $8,000

Theme: Individual, and beautiful.

Film Scholarship Competition

If you’re a young filmmaker, Thea’s got good news for you: we have THREE scholarships for artists like you!


A $10,000 first place, $9,000 second place and $8,000 third place scholarships are available for Arkansas high school seniors. Scholarships will be awarded to the student's institution of choice, regardless of planned major, GPA or test scores.

Thea scholarships are awarded solely on talent, never test scores, GPAs or intent to major in the arts. Your scholarship will travel with you to any college you attend, but if you choose to attend one of our more than 20 education partners, your scholarship could be matched with additional scholarship money. Click on Education Partners link on the left side of the screen.


Thea scholarships are open to students who attend public, private, charter or home schools, as well as those who have completed their GED.


Students entering the Film Scholarship Competition must be an Arkansas graduating senior of 2024 to be eligible for a Thea Scholarship.

Theme and Essay

It is important that students consider this year's theme when creating their work. Judges will consider the use of the theme when viewing submitted films. This year's theme is

"Individual, and beautiful" and is open to interpretation by the artist.

Film and Essay

Films can be up to 20 minutes in length.. Submissions need to include a short essay (250 words maximum) explaining your process when creating the film. Each student must describe how the theme is reflected in their film.  Essay will be input on the "Registration" form.

Key Deadlines

Students are required to register through the Thea website by January 5, 2024.

If a student is in need of assistance submitting a film and the accompanying essay for consideration, please contact Paul Leopoulos at or (501) 379-9512 for instructions. 

Naming Your Uploads

Naming your film entry and headshot

e.g.: in the example below I'm uploading three photos using this format:  (When you upload your short film and headshot using the button below, you will be asked to input your name which will be attached to you files.)

Example Film Entry

Video: or shortfilm..mp4

Example Headshot Upload File Name

Headshot:  headshot.jpg

(When you upload your files and headshot using the button below, you will be asked to input your name which will be attached to you files.)

You MUST RegiSTer & Upload

Step 1

Step 2


Teachers Notice
In Classroom Zoom Seminar on Thea Scholarships
presented by Paul Leopoulos

  • Discussion of Five Scholarship Categories
  • Student and Teacher Questions Answered
  • Seminar Only 30 Minutes
  • Seminars are Free of Charge
  • Sign up Here
Rules and Regulations:

By visiting this page you understand that this information has been available to you starting April 1, 2023, and that failure to read this information or register for a scholarship before the registration deadline is to no fault of the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation makes every attempt possible within its means to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the general public of the availability of its scholarship competitions and will not allow late registration predicated on the notion that an individual party was not aware of the information regarding deadlines. 


Registering for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition requires students to register online via the button found on this page. Students may only register through the specific portal that the Foundation has created for each scholarship competition. Thea staff will not register students for scholarship competitions.


The Foundation recognizes that issues may arise during the registration process either from faulty equipment, user error, or issues beyond the control of either the registrant or the Foundation. When you click on the submit button on the electronic registration form you will receive and email letting you know your registration has been successfully completed. All that is left to do is to upload you entry according to the instructions above on or before the deadline published above. The Foundation makes available the registration for their scholarship competitions many months in advance to provide time to those having technical difficulties during the registering process. The Thea Foundation will not allow students to participate in a scholarship competition who arrive at the competition stating that they registered during the time allotted and who's name is not present on the Thea Foundation's list of participating students.

Only high school seniors enrolled in either public, private or home schools in Arkansas are eligible to register for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition.  A high school senior means any student who is currently completing the 12th grade in public or private school or any home school student who lists the 11th grade as their last grade level completed on their Notice of Intent to Home School on file with the Arkansas Department of Education for the current school year.

Film judging and screening provided by:

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