Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarships

Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program

Robert Redford, The Milagro Initiative, and Santa Fe University of Art and Design are creating two incredible new scholarships for incoming SFUAD students. These generous scholarships will support the development of deserving filmmakers and artists and further the vision of Robert Redford and The Milagro Initiative, a Redford Enterprises program that teaches filmmaking skills to students from diverse cultures.

A celebrated actor, director, and supporter of indie filmmaking, Robert Redford has a longstanding working relationship with Chris Eyre, chair of The Film School at SFUAD. In 1995, Eyre was invited to participate as a fellow in the Sundance Institute’s Directors Lab, where Redford served as Eyre’s mentor. Redford and the Sundance Institute helped Eyre develop Smoke Signals (1998), which became the first feature-length film directed by a Native American to receive national theatrical release by Miramax Films. The two men later worked together on the Redford-executive produced TV films Skinwalkers (2002) and A Thief of Time (2004), which Eyre directed.

Today, Eyre is continuing Redford’s legacy by helping young filmmakers to develop their own stories. And through two Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative scholarship programs, Redford is supporting Eyre’s film protégés - as well as students in other disciplines who show promise and dedication. “Bob supported my development as an artist and gave me a chance”, Eyre said. “Now, I’m honored to work together with him to support emerging filmmakers and artists in a similar way.”

We encourage you to apply for these scholarships if your vision as an artist aligns with the mission of the Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program, which emphasizes:

The desire to pursue a fulfilling life and career in the arts.

The belief that positive social change comes through study of the arts and a quest for lifelong learning.

The goal of promoting voices that are not always part of the conventional dialogue.

Unique Voice Scholarship

Applicants to The Film School are eligible to apply for the Unique Voice Scholarship, which awards 100% of costs related to tuition, room and board, and base fees, for up to five years or until graduation (whichever comes first), provided the student remains in good standing. The only standard school items not funded by the scholarship are transportation, books, and personal expenses.

To be eligible, the candidate must:

  • Be a prospective student who represents and brings forth the voice of indigenous people from the United States and the world.
  • Be admitted to SFUAD’s BFA in Film degree program.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for the mission of the Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program

In addition, we strongly recommend submitting a work of art that illustrates your vision; however, failure to submit a work of art will not exclude you from consideration.

Application Requirements for the Unique Voice Scholarship:

  1. Submit all materials required for admission to The Film School, including a portfolio, and indicate that you’d like to be considered for the Unique Voice scholarship program.
  2. Write a 1,000 to 2,000-word essay illustrating your personal point-of-view as an artist and the potential impact this work may have on society.
  3. Please include information on one or several of the following topics:
  • Information about your life
  • Your past actions on behalf of indigenous peoples and your position on the importance of indigenous voices in contemporary society
  • Your reasons for pursuing a degree in film and your expectations for studying at SFUAD
  • Your aspirations for a post-graduate life/career in film

Submission will be received through slideroom.

Emerging Artist Scholarship

Students applying to any undergraduate degree program are eligible to receive up to $15,000/year for the Art, Contemporary Music, Film, Performing Arts, and Photography programs, and up to $7,000/year for the Arts Management, Creative Writing, Digital Arts, and Graphic Design programs. This award is not stackable with any other award, including geographic awards, with the exception of the Early Action Award.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be admitted to an undergraduate degree program at SFUAD.
  • Demonstrate appreciation for the mission of the Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program.

Application Requirements for the Emerging Artist Scholarship

1. Submit all materials required for admission to SFUAD, including a portfolio/audition, and indicate that you’d like to be considered for the Emerging Artist scholarship program.

2. Using your preferred art medium, submit a “creation” that demonstrates your appreciation for the environment or illustrates the role of art in creating positive social change. Your creation can be a:

  • Written essay or poem of 500–2,000 words in English
  • Portfolio of visual art limited to 1–10 images
  • 3- to 5-minute video/movie
  • 1- to 5-minute musical piece or song

Submission will be received through slideroom.


February 5, 2015

Our Commitment

The Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program further demonstrates SFUAD’s commitment to addressing rising college costs around the country. It is one of several financial and merit-based awards offered to current and prospective SFUAD students so they can achieve a more affordable college education. For more information, see the Scholarships page of our website or contact an enrollment advisor at 1 (877) 732-5977.