Founder’s Scholarship


Applications for the 2022 Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship are open 1st September 2021.

The Screenwise Founder’s Acting Scholarship

The opportunity to access quality skills training as a screen actor in Australia has become increasingly difficult to access. Economically and socially disadvantaged students are most affected, and will be faced with numerous barriers in pursuit of a career as a professional Film and TV Actor. Many young and talented Australian actors may never achieve their goals as a consequence. Somewhere across our nation another Hemsworth or Kidman may never reach their potential as a professional Film and TV Actor. The question remains, what can our industry leaders do to ensure that Australian Film and TV Actors continue to thrive on local and international screens?

Application Links:

  • Applications for the 2022 Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship open 1st September 2021

Further Information:

Presenting the Screenwise Founder’s Acting Scholarship

Screenwise and its Founder and CEO Denise Roberts sought to do their part as one of Australia’s key benefactors behind Australia’s Screen Acting Industry today by offering educational support to one of Australia’s most talented and promising actors year-on-year. The Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship was realised as our pledge to discover and support the next generation of great Australian actors of tomorrow.

Screenwise has dedicated over two decades of screen acting training and has facilitated thousands of actors at our studios. Numerous Screenwise Alumni have continued on towards great success in Australia and across the globe throughout that time. The Founder’s Scholarship is a tribute that honours all of our students who have shared our passion for our Film and Television industry, and a promise to tomorrow’s next great Australian actor.

What does the Screenwise Founder’s Acting Scholarship offer?

The Screenwise Founder’s Scholarship offers one two-year full-time scholarship to study the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma of Screen Acting. Valued at $35,000 The Founder’s Scholarship covers tuition fees for the 10869NAT Advanced Diploma Screen Acting Program over the complete course of two years. Tuition Fees also include production of the Scholarship recipient’s Showreel and Industry Graduation Showcase upon completion of the program. In addition to full subsidisation of tuition fees, the successful applicant will receive extended mentoring from Screenwise Founder and CEO Denise Roberts throughout their studies. *Terms and Conditions

Founder’s Scholarship Recipient 2020 – Veronica Chan 

The Founder’s Scholarship has provided Veronica Chan with the remarkable opportunity to fully leverage her strong work ethic and unique talents as an actress. Her identity as a Taiwanese Australian is currently driving her passion and interests in themes of diversity and family across international Film and Television.

“I am so grateful for having been given this life changing opportunity to be here and to pursue the craft of my dreams. The scholarship has opened so many doors already, and I cannot even begin to imagine what opportunities await in the coming years. Without access to this training many underrepresented actors like myself would not have the tools necessary to bring to light the characters and stories that are vital in promoting screen diversity”.      

Find out more about Veronica’s journey here.

Founder’s Scholarship Recipient 2019 – Linnea Stevens-Jones

“The Founder’s Scholarship has given me the tools and foundations to enter the industry with confidence. Being surrounded by creativity and support for the last two years has allowed me the freedom to develop and more importantly have fun as an actor. Screenwise provides a structured learning environment that ingrains professionalism and stamina into their actors. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with some of the amazing tutors and truly come into my own at my time at Screenwise”   

Founder’s Scholarship Recipient 2018 – Harrison Green

“I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity that I have been given by Screenwise. Without the scholarship I would not have been able to come to Sydney and I would still be working in the mines to save for acting courses. The Scholarship has truly prepared me for my career moving forward and it has opened endless possibilities for me. I recommend it to anyone who dreams to become an actor in every creative and professional sense. My thanks goes out to Denise Roberts and the Screenwise family for taking a chance on me

Screenwise is looking forward to receiving a diverse and broad range of applicants throughout this year’s application process, and is encouraging individuals from underrepresented communities to apply for the award. Those interested in the Scholarship can visit or contact Screenwise on or 02 9281 4484. 

Screenwise is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO provider code 91699) and a member of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)

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