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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 may find theatre scholarships from various organizations and colleges.

List of Theatre Scholarships

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James M. and Virginia M. Smyth Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students who are majoring in the arts/sciences, human services, music, or ministry. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to applicants from Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee.

Total: $8000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 22

Arts Merit Scholarship

This award is available for students of the performing arts who are attending Bucknell University.

Total: $20000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 15

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: 1

Deadline: November 06

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: $20000

Awards: 2

Deadline: January 15

Hoenig Theatre Artist Scholarship

The Hoenig Theatre Artist Scholarship provides financial stipend to young people in Theatre Arts. Must be a college Junior or older to qualify. Hoenig Theatre Artist Scholarship has year-round enrollment—APPLY ANYTIME, there is NO DEADLINE! The goal is to assist artists at different stages of their career in Theatre and Theatre Arts.

Total: $4000

Awards: 8

Deadline: 

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: 1

Deadline: November 06

Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship

This award is for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), or students who are children of GLBT parents. The student must be a resident of Oregon or Clark County, Washington and must be accepted to a postsecondary program in the arts.

Total: $1000

Awards: 2

Deadline: January 08

Larry McDonald Scholarship

This undergraduate and graduate award is for adult students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). The student must be seeking to make a significant change in his/her life by taking classes in the arts and/or humanities. The student must also reside in Oregon, OR Clark County, WA.

Total: $1000

Awards: 2

Deadline: January 08

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: $83400

Awards: 12

Deadline: January 15

Bill McKnight Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is available for LGBT students and straight allies who are studying art or humanities at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Preference is given to students residing in Kitsap County or Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Total: $12000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 08

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