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University Scholarships
The American Theatre Wing is committed to fostering a future generation of theatre makers that reflects the diversity and dynamism of America as a whole. Now in their 6th year, the Wing's Andrew Lloyd Webber University Scholarships provide resources and support to high school seniors from populations historically underrepresented in the theatre industry who demonstrate exceptional talent and economic need but have a lack of financial resources to attend college to study theatre.

Students can apply for an annual scholarship of $10,000 to study ANY aspect of theatre from stage management to arts administration, design to performance, and many more, providing opportunities for all to pursue their dreams of a career in the theatre both on and off the stage. The Wing is dedicated to bridging the gap between talent and opportunity and uplifting scholars through every step of their journey as theatre-makers. 

General Guidelines

What are the ALW University Scholarships?
ALW University Scholarships are awarded to cover tuition fees at an accredited private or public university in the United States. Each of our scholars will be provided with scholarships of $10,000 a year, renewable for four years ($40,000 total) so long as a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained. Scholars also receive exclusive opportunities including mentorship from key industry players, participation in free master classes, panels for career advancement, and much more.

Who should apply?
High school students in grade 12 who demonstrate talent and ability in the theatre arts, but have a lack of resources to attend a four year university program. The student’s area of focus can be from any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others.

What kinds of applications are competitive?
Applicants who can demonstrate their need, talent, and passion for attending university through their application materials, including an introduction video, personal narrative, and work samples. Competitive applicants will show future promise, studying to make an impact as an important member of the theatre community.

Where can I study?
Scholarships are awarded to students attending an accredited private or public university in the United States.

  • The program will have a reputation for quality training at the institution
  • A four year degree program
  • Scholarships will be awarded to cover tuition fees 

Funding may not be used for:

  • Proprietary and online schools
  • Non-degree programs
  • Master’s programs 

The first cycle began in the Fall of 2016, and repeats annually:

  • Applications are closed
  • January 2023 – Initial Review process
  • January 2023 -  Additional applicant information collected
  • March/April 2023 - Final Review and selections made by expert panel
  • May 2023 -  Notifications of Award 

Next Steps-
Read More About Qualifications and Criteria
Read Our Frequently Asked Questions
Look at Our Tips and Preparation Help
Start an Application

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