The Gordon Thomas Memorial Animation Scholarship

Scholarship awarded for the Fall semester

  • Awarding Department: School of Cinema
  • Scholarship Intent: The Gordon “Don” Thomas (1967 – 2003) Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a San Francisco State University junior, senior, or graduate student, currently attending SF State. Students in the Animation Minor and Cinema graduate students who work in animation are eligible to apply. Gordon “Don” Thomas, animator and filmmaker, earned the first Master of Fine Arts in Cinema with an Animation emphasis at San Francisco State University in June 2001. He designed his own program concentrating in 2D and 3D computer animation and stop motion and was also an instructor at SF State teaching beginning and advanced animation classes.
  • Criteria:
    1. Financial need
    2. Creativity and diligence of animation subject matter
    3. Inspiration to others in cinema and animation
    4. Commitment to animation approach
    5. Animation speaks to diversity
  • Major: Multiple: Cinema Majors, Animation Minors, Cinema Graduate Animation Students
  • Class Level: Undergrad: Junior & Senior; Grad: Masters/MFA
  • Enrollment Status: Continuing & entering students SF can apply
  • Enrollment Requirement: Undergrad: 1 UNIT; Grad: 1 UNIT
  • Financial Need as determined by the FAFSA and/or CA Dream App: Not a Requirement
  • Citizenship: Any
  • GPA: No minimum GPA required
  • Contact Person: Cinema Main Office
  • Campus Address: FA 245
  • Street Address: 1600 Holloway, San Francisco, California 94132
  • Phone Number: (415) 338-1629
  • Email:
  • Web page: College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Amount of Award: Varies

Supplemental Questions
  1. A personal statement (not to exceed three pages) addressing the following points: a) Description of your financial need b) Your creativity and diligence to the subject matter of your animation c) How you inspire others around you in cinema/animation d) Your commitment to your approach and how your work speaks to diversity
  2. Animation sample (submitted via a Vimeo or Youtube link) that represents your most accomplished work.
  3. Proposal for an animation project that this scholarship will help fund. May include an animatic, storyboard, script, development artwork, animated sketches or sample of your most completed work.
  4. Will you be enrolled part-time (1 unit undergraduate, 1 unit graduate) during the upcoming Fall?