ABCDE Scholarship


Acting for Film & Television




Scholarship Opportunities for Aspiring BC Actors


Vancouver Film School is proud to once again be offering up to $10,000 in scholarship funding to be awarded in early 2022, in partnership with the Association of BC Drama Educators (ABCDE). A select ABCDE/VFS Committee will vet applications from prospective students in BC for enrolment into VFS's Acting Essentials program, starting as early as the October 2022 intake.


Application deadline: 15 December, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. PST

Winner announcement: January, 2022


Scholarship Breakdown

  • One Full Tuition award for the Acting Essentials Program
  • Two $1,000 awards for the Acting Essentials Program

Scholarship Details

  • Applications are currently open and close on December 15, 2021.
  • Applications will be open to high school students in grades 11 and 12 from across British Columbia, whose sponsoring teachers are active members with the Association of BC Drama Educators.
  • A select committee from the ABCDE will work together with VFS in awarding these scholarships and will select final winners personally.
  • Winners will be announced in January 2022.
  • Scholarships are only open to BC residents and each applicant will provide an audition and application for consideration and review by the ABCDE and VFS.
  • Winners will be selected based on creative potential and any obstacles they’ve had to overcome prior to applying.

"We know our BC teachers inspire the next generation of creative artists. We are proud to partner with ABCDE to support the next steps for the young talents coming out of our BC High Schools with a chance to train seriously for a life in this profession. VFS can offer dynamic, hands on, intensive creative education to ready the actors of tomorrow!"

Jennifer Clement
Head of Department,
Acting for Film & Television Program, Vancouver Film School


"We are absolutely thrilled to be working with VFS to offer these amazing opportunities to our students that help make it more financially viable for them to further their education in theatre and film."

Gordon Hamilton
Head of Department,
Fine Arts Department Head - Brookswood Secondary – ABCDE Executive

Application Process



The application process is simple, and is broken into two very important parts:

Part 1 – Official Scholarship Application
Part 2 – Official Application to Enroll at Vancouver Film School

(*Note to applicants – there is a standard $100 application processing fee for this section and it can take up to 30 minutes to complete.)

No official application will be considered or reviewed unless both parts are successfully completed by the applicant.

Application Process will require applicants to provide general contact and background information and provide the following information for review and consideration by VFS:



Link to a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue or scene with short intro as to why you selected that piece. Submissions will remain the sole property of the applicant and will be deleted 30 days after the scholarship closes. Upload your file then “share” using the share link. We recommend Dropbox or Google Drive. Note: When sharing, set the sharing permissions so anyone with the link can view the file/document. If we cannot view your files your scholarship application will be considered incomplete.

We recommend Dropbox or Google Drive for easy review by our scholarship selection committee. Upload your files then “share” using the share link. When sharing, set the sharing permissions to “public” or “anyone with the link can view the file/document.

If we cannot view your files your scholarship application will be considered incomplete.

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Personal Submission PT. 1

  • Q1 – In 100 words or less, tell us why you want to be an actor and what your dream role would be?

Personal Submission PT. 2

  • Q2 – In 100 words or less, tell us about a significant hardship you have had to overcome in your life, or a significant obstacle standing in the way of your creative education.

Personal Submission PT. 3

  • Q3 – When in-class instruction is allowed, we inform every applicant that Vancouver is considered one of the best cities in the world to live, but it’s also an expensive city compared to many others. It can cost you at least C$25,000 a year for basic food, travel, and accommodations. This scholarship will only cover partial school tuition costs. Tell us in your own words how you plan to be able to make this opportunity work for you financially for the duration of the program (4 months or 12 months).

Upon successful completion, applicants will be given a confirmation of completion notification email.

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Upon successful submission of application, a VFS Admissions advisor will contact you to connect personally, and provide you with an introduction of the school, online learning options, and life in Vancouver.

Winners will be notified in January 2022.