Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship - Amount: $1,000 - This scholarship was created to encourage Asian-American students who wish to pursue a degree in one of the following: performing arts, visual arts, mass communication, and / or journalism. Not only will the scholarship winner be awarded financial aid, they will also be invited to Against the Grain’s annual charity event. To be eligible, a student must: be at least 50% Asian and / or Pacific Islander ethnicity, a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, demonstrate leadership abilities, be pursuing a degree in a relevant major, be enrolled full-time at a vocational, junior, or four-year college/university.
Henry and Joyce W Sumid Scholarship - Amount: $5,000 - Calling all actors, designers, directors, technicians, and playwrights–this scholarship is for you. This award is available to students pursuing theater arts who are permanent residents of the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington. In order to apply, a student must: demonstrate financial need, submit a SAR with EFC from the FAFSA, write a 500 word essay about why they deserve the award, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, turn in three letters of recommendation, submit evidence of work related to their interest (ie: actor sends in video of their performance, etc. Further details are on their site).
NCA Memorial Fund Scholarship - Amount: $500 – $1,500 - The National Costumers Association awards this scholarship to students who are interested in a career related to costuming–whether in theater, film, television, or other medium. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must: be 17 years of age or older, be a US citizen or permanent resident, have a GPA of 2.75 or higher (preference will be given to applicants with above average GPAs), majoring in a field related to the costuming industry.
YoungArts competition, presented by the National YoungArts Foundation - Formerly known as the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the organization selects around 700 scholarship recipients each year in dance, music, film, theater and other creative disciplines. With awards ranging up to $10,000.
Princess Grace Foundation - Offers grants to actors, dancers, choreographers and playwrights who are nominated by their college or company. Applications reopen in January for these prestigious grants.
Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships Granny, the family matriarch on "The Beverly Hillbillies." Though Ryan died in 1973. - Scholarships are awarded to outstanding performers in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, in amounts ranging from $500 regional awards to $3,000 national scholarships, given out at the annual festival in April.
The Mario Lanza Institute - Singers looking for scholarships can also turn to a famous name from the past. Established after the great tenor died in 1959, awards four annual scholarships to opera singers between the ages of 21 and 28.
Williams Chorale’s Bacardi Fallon Performing Arts Competition, which invites high school vocalists and instrumentalists to compete for a $5,000 top prize. Auditions for this program are held at the chorale’s Massachusetts home each spring.
The World Dances is a unique scholarship competition that allows dancers to compete for $250 scholarships each month just by uploading a performance video. Two monthly winners are chosen by popular vote, and two more by a committee of judges.
The Hall of Fame Dance Challenge provides scholarships up to $1,000 to graduating high school seniors who’ve performed in a Hall of Fame competition. The Monsters on the Move program offers studio and college tuition awards to young dancers ages 8-25.
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Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program - South Carolina high school seniors may apply if they have attended a public high school in South Carolina for at least two years and plan to attend a college or university in South Carolina as well. Award Amount: $2,000
Bruce Marson Memorial Scholarship- This performing arts scholarship is geared toward Fairfax County high school students (educated via either public school, private school, or home-schooling) seeking a degree in Technical Theatre Production. Award Amount: $1,500
Case Western Reserve University Theater Scholarships - Case Western offers four full-tuition scholarships, as well as two $10,000 scholarships, for students who wish to major/minor in or pursue theater as an extracurricular. All students must complete an audition or present a portfolio of their work. Award Amount: Full tuition or $10,000
Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships - The King Family Foundation offers several scholarships for students majoring in film and broadcasting.
Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship - To qualify, you must be a full-time undergraduate student or current high school senior, have a minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA, and be pursuing a major and a career in the performing arts. This scholarship is intended for African-American students. Up to 10 students can win this award each year. Award Amount: Up to $3,000
Donna Reed Performing Arts Scholarship - This scholarship is for performing arts students in Iowa. Applicants must submit a three- to five-minute video audition in order to enter, as well as a headshot and a letter of recommendation from a drama educator. Award Amount: Up to $1,000
Educational Theatre Association Thespian Scholarships - Each year, the Educational Theatre Association awards several scholarships to students in the performing arts. Some scholarships require attendance at the International Thespian Festival. Currently, there are more than 10 different scholarship programs. Award Amount: Varies depending on scholarship, generally ranging from $500 to $4,000
Florence Lemcke Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts - This fine arts scholarship, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Washington, is for graduating high school seniors in Washington State who are also a child, grandchild, or great-grandchild of a veteran. Applicants must plan to pursue a degree in the fine arts, such as painting, drawing, photography, literature, architecture, sculpture, poetry, music, dance, or drama. Award Amount: $1,000
Georgia Thespian Scholarships - Scholarships are awarded to 12 high school seniors who participate in Georgia Thespians. All auditioning students must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
Iowa Scholarship for the Arts - This award is for high school seniors who are Iowa residents and excel in the arts. Students must be accepted to an Iowa college or university and plan to major in the fine arts. Award Amount: $1,500
Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship - This scholarship is for outstanding student performers. There are 19 regional awards (each worth $500) and two $2,500 scholarships for the winners at the national festival in Washington, DC. Note that the awards are not necessarily limited to education in the theatre arts. Award Amount: Varies from $500 up to $2,500
John L. Dales Scholarship Fund - Applicants must be active members of the Screen Actor’s Guild or children of members. Required materials include SAT/ACT scores and transcripts. Award Amount: Varies
Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Scholarships - OAB offers several scholarships to students enrolled in Oklahoma colleges or universities who are majoring in broadcasting. Students must be either juniors or seniors in college, have a minimum B average, and plan to work in broadcasting. Selection is based on students' extracurricular activities and awards, broadcast industry experience, financial need, and an essay. Award Amount: Six awards of $2,000 each
Vivian Klemz Memorial Scholarship - This scholarship is for college students (sophomore and above) who are from Ventura County, CA, graduated from a Ventura County high school, and are currently pursuing an education in the arts, including performing, visual, fine, or language arts. Preference is given to female applicants. Award Amount: $1,500
VSA Playwright Discovery Award - Applicants must be in grades 6 through 12 (ages 11-18 for non-US students). Students must write a 10-minute script (of any genre) that incorporates the theme of disability. Note that applicants must have a disability (or, if applying as an ensemble, at least one student must have a disability). Award Amount: Ranges from $3,000 to $20,000