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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. Through the University Scholarships, the Wing is promoting diversity, equity, and access to the arts to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity. The primary goal of these scholarships is to provide opportunities for underserved public high school seniors who come from populations historically underrepresented in our industry; who demonstrate economic need and exceptional talent, but have a lack of resources to attend college to study theatre. 

The student's area of focus can be from any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others. Through the University Scholarships, we hope to create a strong pipeline to the professional theatre for promising artists of all backgrounds.

General Guidelines

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 an audition video or portfolio. Competitive applicants will show future promise, studying to make an impact as an important member of the theatre community.

Where can I study?
At an accredited private or public university or college in the United States.

  • The program will have a reputation for quality training at the institution
  • It will be a four year degree program
  • Scholarships will be awarded primarily for course fees

Scholarship funding can applied for for:‚Äč

  • Primarily tuition course fees at a four year degree program.
  • Each of our scholars will be provided with scholarships of up to $10,000, renewable for four years so long as a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained.

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:

  • November 2019 – Applications available
  • January 2020 – Deadline to apply
  • February and March – Review process, selections made by expert panel
  • April – Notifications of Award

Next Steps-
Read More About Qualifications and Criteria 
Read Our Frequently Asked Questions
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