Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do BOTH parents need to be paid current with SAG-AFTRA dues?

 No.  ONE parent must be paid current with their SAG-AFTRA dues to April, 2018.

Q: If an applicant is a SAG-AFTRA member and the parent(s) are SAG-AFTRA member(s), can an applicant combine both applicant and parent(s) earnings to make the earnings requirement?

Yes.     Applicant member and parent(s) earnings can be combined to make the earnings requirement.

Note:   If one of the parents, or the applicant, is on Suspended Payment, Terminated or Fee-Paying-Non-Member, that person’s earnings would not be included in the combined earnings.  Earnings of the parent(s) or applicant on Honorable Withdrawal or Deceased (providing the member was Active at the time of death) would be included in the combined earnings.

Q: What is the deadline for submitting the scholarship application?

The deadline to complete the scholarship application is March 15th, 2018.

Q: What is the deadline for submitting the Federal 2017 tax returns?

The deadline for submitting the Federal 2017 tax returns is April 30, 2018.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship?

Applicants must be SAG-AFTRA members or dependents of SAG-AFTRA members who are paid current with their SAG-AFTRA dues to April, 2018.

Q: If an applicant receives a John L. Dales Standard Scholarship, may that applicant reapply the following year(s)?

Yes.  An applicant may receive up to five (5) John L. Dales Standard Scholarships in a lifetime if they meet the criteria.

Q: If an applicant receives a John L. Dales Transitional Scholarship, may the applicant reapply the following year(s)?

Yes.  An applicant may receive up to two (2) John L. Dales Transitional Scholarships in a lifetime if they meet the criteria.

Note:  the Transitional scholarship is designate for members who want to pursue careers that are related to the entertainment industry or want to pursue non-entertainment careers.  It is not a program to pursue further acting training.

Q: Are the same materials required each time an applicant applies?

Yes.  SAT or ACT scores, high school and college transcripts (if applicable) must be provided along with all other requested information such as financial aid documents, etc.

Note:   If an applicant is a college junior and has received a SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship in the past, s/he need not submit SAT/ACT scores or high school transcripts.

Q: If an applicant receives a George Heller Scholarship may the applicant reapply the following year(s)?

No.  The applicant may receive one (1) George Heller Scholarship in a lifetime.

Q: If an applicant receives a scholarship one year, does that guarantee receiving it the next year?

No.  The SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship program is an ongoing competition.  Receiving a scholarship one year does not guarantee receiving it the next year.

Q: When are the scholarships granted?

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship Committee usually meets in June of the competition year and the results are usually announced in July.

Q: May an applicant use the same personal essay?

No.  A new personal essay is required each time an applicant applies.

Q: What is the criteria for judging an application?

Academic standing, financial need, the personal essay, and letters of recommendation.

Q: Does everyone who applies receive a scholarship?

No.  The SAG-AFTRA Foundation Scholarship Program is competitive and each scholarship is awarded on the basis of criteria established by the Scholarship Committee.

Q: If an applicant does not receive a scholarship, is there an appeals process?

No.  The judgments of the SAG-AFTRA Scholarship Committee are final.

Q: What academic year does the scholarship cover?

From September of the current years to August of the next.

Q: Is there a sample application that can be referenced?

If you would like to begin gathering information for the 2018 Scholarship Application early, you can take a look at the sample application by clicking here.   Please note that only applications submitted through the online scholarship application system will be accepted.

Q: Once an applicant is granted a scholarship, what documentation is required before receiving the scholarship?

A copy of receipt of tuition payment for school year beginning that school year, completed grant fund report and the signed grant agreement.

Q: Who do I contact for more information or with questions?

Davidson Lloyd, Director of Assistance Programs, 323-549-6649