Michael D. Harmeyer Scholarship

The Michael D. Harmeyer Scholarship was established in 2014 by Charles and Cecelia Harmeyer in honor of their son, Michael D. Harmeyer. Michael graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 with a major in communication studies and a minor in cinema. After graduation, Michael moved to New York City to pursue a career in screenwriting. Up to two awards of approximately $1250 each will be awarded each year. The Department of Cinematic Arts is grateful for the tremendous generosity of the Harmeyer family.

This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student or students, with preference given to those who:

  • major in Cinematic Arts
  • are in their junior year of study in year of award
  • maintain at least a 2.75 GPA
  • demonstrate financial need

While the above criteria are given preference, all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. 

Application Deadline: February 14th, 2021

On the Michael D. Harmeyer Scholarship Application, you will be provided with space to write a personal statement of no more than 300 words to make the case for why you are a strong candidate for this need-based award.  In it, please address how the award would enable your studies and creative work in cinema or contribute to your cinematic aspirations.

You will also be asked to submit a sample of what you consider to be your strongest work.  You may submit either a written or a visual sample following the guidelines for one of the two options below:

Option 1: A written sample from a Cinematic Arts course. The sample could consist of an analytical essay (not to exceed 1200 words) from a film studies course, a completed short screenplay or excerpt from a feature length screenplay (not to exceed 20 pages), or your plot segmentation and commentary assignment from CINE:1601. There will be a field on the application for you to upload/attach your written sample as a Word or PDF document.

Option 2: A visual production sample, either digital or 16mm. Visual samples should be no more than 5 minutes long and preferably should be from a Cinematic Arts course. Submit visual samples as a Vimeo or YouTube link in the designated space on the application. 16mm samples should be clearly marked with your name and “Harmeyer Fellowship Sample.” You must submit them in person to the Undergraduate Advisor.

Non-Departmental Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences supports numerous scholarships through the college's annual scholarship competition. For a list of scholarships available in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and information on applying for scholarships, visit the CLAS Scholarships page.