Denny’s Filmmakers Scholarship Program

Filmmakers Scholarship Program 2019

“I think it is very important that films make people look at what they’ve forgotten.” – Spike Lee


The Tom Joyner Foundation, Inc. and Denny’s are committed to sharing all that is good about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs have a rich legacy of storytelling through film that has spanned decades and influenced many all over the world. It is our goal to continue the legacy of the right to be creative and express one’s visual qualities.


The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s has announced the TJF Filmmakers Scholarship Program. Six (6) deserving students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will receive a $2,500 scholarship from the Tom Joyner Foundation. Only one (1) student will be awarded a scholarship per entry. The winners and their submitted films will be recognized and displayed online (, via social media, and at Tom Joyner Foundation events and fundraisers. Funds will be awarded for the Spring 2019 or Fall 2019 semester. The application period begins on January 11, 2019. The application period ends on March 15, 2019.


The Filmmakers Scholarship is open to all freshmen, sophomore and junior HBCU students. Students must be enrolled full time and be in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 to 4.0. Previous winners are not eligible to be considered a repeat Denny’s/TJF HFE Scholar.

Students must submit a film of up to 5 minutes about combating hunger in their communities OR submit a .PDF of a detailed storyboard about their movie.

To complete the process:

Applicants can complete the application below and press the “Submit” button.

Need more information? Have questions? Contact:

2019 Tom Joyner Foundation / Denny's Filmmakers Scholarship

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  • *Video can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, website URL, etc. and must be no more than 5 minutes long.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
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