Theatre Scholarships

Millions of scholarships, personalized results. Sign up and get matched to scholarships that are perfect for you. Start Your Search

Although many famous actors and actresses have lucrative careers — making millions of dollars per movie — not everyone who pursues a career in acting or theatre has such monumental success. In fact, many graduates with a BFA in theatre have to continue to work hard to develop their skills, land a job, and continue a career in a very competitive market. That same determination is true for those looking to study theatre in school. While a theatre career can be very rewarding, it can also be extremely expensive! Future actors, playwrights, and directors pursuing a degree with a theatre major can find scholarships right here in our directory by major.

NFAA youngARTS Program

This award is for U.S. students 15 to 18 years old, or those in grades 10 through 12, who have a talent for the arts.

Total: $10000 Awards:  400
Deadline:  October 11
2019

Spotlight Awards Program

This awards program is open to international and U.S. high school students who reside in the following California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Diego. Students must audition in one of the following categories: acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, jazz instrumental, classical instrumental.

Total: $5000 Awards:  140
Deadline:  October 15
2019

NATAS Lone Star Scholarship

This award is available to Texas students who are majoring in radio, television, film, or broadcast journalism. The applicant must be a college sophomore, junior or senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  October 15
2019

VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship for Graduate Students

This award is for U.S. full-time graduate students who have been residents of Virginia for at least 12 months. The applicant must demonstrate artistic ability in one of the following categories: crafts, drawing, film/video, mixed media, new/emerging media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or art history.

Total: $6000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  November 1
2019

VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship for Undergraduate Students

This award is for U.S. full-time undergraduate students who have been residents of Virginia for at least 12 months. The applicant must demonstrate artistic ability in one of the following areas: crafts, drawing, film/video, mixed media, new/emerging media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture.

Total: $4000 Awards:  11
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Harvey Fellowship

This award is available for U.S. and international Christian graduate students. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement and commitment to Christian values.

Total: $12000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Stephen L. Teller & Richard Hotson TV and Cinema Scholarship

U.S. students who are enrolled in a community college film, television, cinema, or theater program and have completed at least 12 credits in their program are eligible for this award. Students must reside and attend school in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, or Ventura counties.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarship for Migrant Farmworkers

Students who are 16 years of age or older who are interested in pursuing the development of their talents in an art discipline may apply for this award. Students must have a history of movement to obtain work in agriculture.

Total: $2500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  November 1
2019

Bienenstock Design Competition

This scholarship contest is available for college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are majoring in a design program. To be considered for this award, applicants must submit an original work of interior or furniture design.

Total: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  December 10
2019

Christophers Video Contest for College Students

Undergraduate and graduate students may enter this video contest. The student must make a short video of five minutes or less interpreting the theme "One Person Can Make a Difference".

Total: $2000 Awards:  8
Deadline:  December 17
2019

DePaul University Theatre Performance Scholarship

U.S. graduating high school seniors who plan to attend DePaul University and major in acting are considered for this award upon completing an audition after admission.

Total: $10000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  January 15
2020

University of Oregon Staton Scholarship

This award is for U.S. students who will be incoming freshmen at the University of Oregon. Students must be residents of Oregon and must demonstrate extraordinary financial need.

Total: $6550 Awards:  12
Deadline:  January 15
2020