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Top 30 Theater Scholarships in April 2024

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: April 2nd, 2024

If you feel your best under bright stage lights, these theater scholarships are for you. Whether you are a performer, work on sets, or want to be a critic, we have a great list of vetted theater scholarships to apply to. These opportunities will help you study drama without going into debt. Make sure to apply early and often to theater scholarships to reduce the financial burden of your education.

Some of these theater and performance scholarships will be for students who hope to study the art in college, and others are for students who may be pursuing another field but enjoy performing on the side. Let’s get into it!

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

Exclusive
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship

Offered by Against the Grain Productions

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Against the Grain Productions

Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a…Show More

Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a…Show More

Are you a high school senior or college student of at least 25% Asian of Pacific Islander heritage who is (or will be) pursuing a major in a performing or visual art field, journalism, and/or mass communications? If so, the Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to an Asian/Pacific Islander applicant with an impressive artistic portfolio and thoughtful essay about their art. The scholarship is funded by Against the Grain Productions, an organization dedicated to promoting leadership, unity, and artistry in the Asian American community. If you would like to display your artwork while receiving financial help for college, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Niche $25,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year!

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship For Film Students

Offered by Phi Delta Theta Foundation

1 award worth $2,500
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students

Offered by Phi Delta Theta Foundation

Lights, camera, action! The Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship for Film Students is the ultimate opportunity for graduate students in the film industry or related…Show More

Lights, camera, action! The Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship for Film Students is the ultimate opportunity for graduate students in the film industry or related…Show More

Lights, camera, action! The Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship for Film Students is the ultimate opportunity for graduate students in the film industry or related fields such as theater/drama, writing, or entertainment. This prestigious award is given annually to one lucky recipient who will receive financial support to further their education and career. Don't miss out on this chance to shine in the spotlight! Phi Delta Theta membership is not required, so all eligible graduate students are encouraged to apply.Show Less

1 award worth $2,500
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level Graduate Students
Get Started

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance

Offered by The Donna Reed Foundation

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by The Donna Reed Foundation

Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa…Show More

Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa…Show More

Are you a high school sophomore, junior, or senior from Iowa with a passion for the performing arts? If so, consider applying for the Iowa Merit Awards for Dramatic Performance! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $1,000 to multiple aspiring actors from Iowa high schools who are (1) studying acting and (2) have acted in official school productions sometime in the past two years. If you're eligible, we encourage you to apply and let your talent take center stage! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $1,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Get Started

Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship

Offered by Manhattanville College

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Manhattanville College

The Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship is one of Manhattanville College's Merit Scholarships that is exclusively open to full-time, first-year and transfer students at…Show More

The Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship is one of Manhattanville College's Merit Scholarships that is exclusively open to full-time, first-year and transfer students at…Show More

The Manhattanville Fine and Performing Arts Scholarship is one of Manhattanville College's Merit Scholarships that is exclusively open to full-time, first-year and transfer students at Manhattanville College who have an interest in pursuing a career in the fine and performing arts. Eligible arts include Dance, Musical Theatre, Studio Art, and Theatre. While students pursuing Dance, Musical Theatre, or Theatre must submit an audition, it is not required (only recommended) for those applying to the Art (Studio) Program. As the requirements for each specific type of visual/performing art scholarship slightly differ, we recommend checking out the audition and portfolio requirements for more information.Show Less

Multiple awards worth Varies
Deadline Rolling
Grade Level College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Ralph J. Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship

Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

2 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by UNICO Foundation Inc.

Are you a current, full-time post-secondary student residing in a state with an active UNICO Chapter (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New…Show More

Are you a current, full-time post-secondary student residing in a state with an active UNICO Chapter (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New…Show More

Are you a current, full-time post-secondary student residing in a state with an active UNICO Chapter (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, or Wisconsin)? Further, are you pursuing a degree in a Fine Arts-related field? If so, the Ralph J. Torraco Fine Arts Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $2,500 to two (2) post-secondary students residing in and attending college in a state with an active UNICO Chapter who are pursuing a degree in the Fine Arts (including Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Technical Arts). Applicants must also plan to continue their studies in the upcoming academic year and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. To apply, interested students must provide a link to a video showcasing a performance of theirs or a link to their portfolio. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

2 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

Offered by Southeastern Theatre Conference

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Southeastern Theatre Conference

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be entering a college or university in the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC)…Show More

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be entering a college or university in the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC)…Show More

The Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will be entering a college or university in the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) region to major in theater. The SETC region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. If you're a college-bound student in the SETC region with a passion for theater, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Stephen L. Teller & Richard Hotson TV, Cinema, and Theater Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by National Council of Jewish Women - Los Angeles (NCJW l LA)

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen

Offered by National Council of Jewish Women - Los Angeles (NCJW l LA)

The Stephen L. Teller & Richard Hotson TV, Cinema, and Theater Scholarship is open to full-time community college students in Los Angeles County who are…Show More

The Stephen L. Teller & Richard Hotson TV, Cinema, and Theater Scholarship is open to full-time community college students in Los Angeles County who are…Show More

The Stephen L. Teller & Richard Hotson TV, Cinema, and Theater Scholarship is open to full-time community college students in Los Angeles County who are enrolled in a Film/Television/Cinema/Theater program, and preparing for a career in film, television, or theater production (excluding acting). Applicants must have completed at least 12 units of classes in their school's Film/TV/Cinema/ Theater program to be eligible. The NCJW|LA Scholarship application cycle runs twice a year in the Spring and Fall. If you're attending a community college in Los Angeles County and pursuing a program and career in film, television, cinema, or theater, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $1,500
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level College Underclassmen
Get Started

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

Offered by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

10 awards worth $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Are you a current or prospective Black/African American college student majoring in a performing arts field? If so, you might be interested in applying for…Show More

Are you a current or prospective Black/African American college student majoring in a performing arts field? If so, you might be interested in applying for…Show More

Are you a current or prospective Black/African American college student majoring in a performing arts field? If so, you might be interested in applying for the CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship! The scholarship is open to African American and Black students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree in performing arts. Eligible arts include theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching band, and more. The scholarship is offered by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC), a Washington, D.C.-based educational foundation with a mission to “advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.” Since 2000, their Performing Arts scholarship has vowed to support Black students in the performing arts and honor Curtis Mayfield, an influential singer-songwriter and soul musician. Every year, ten lucky recipients earn $5,000 paid directly to their academic institutions. If you are a Black/African American student passionate about obtaining a performing arts degree, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

10 awards worth $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Gordon Hay Scholarship Fund

Offered by Blumenthal Performing Arts

2 awards worth up to $10,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen

Offered by Blumenthal Performing Arts

Are you a Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee-area high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore planning to pursue a non-performing career in theater?…Show More

Are you a Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee-area high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore planning to pursue a non-performing career in theater?…Show More

Are you a Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee-area high school senior, college freshman, or college sophomore planning to pursue a non-performing career in theater? If so, you might consider applying for the Gordon Hay Scholarship! This scholarship is open to students residing within 125 miles of Charlotte, NC or Knoxville, TN who are pursuing a non-performing career in theater and exemplify a strong pursuit of personal excellence, commitment to community engagement, artistic or technical accomplishment, and who have a record of scholarly achievement. Eligible non-performance areas of theater include (but are not limited to): playwriting, set, costume, lighting, or sound design, arts administration, stage management, production management, and technical direction. If you're a student residing near Charlotte, North Carolina or Knoxville, Tennessee, and have a passion for the non-performance areas of theater, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

2 awards worth up to $10,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Underclassmen
Get Started

Mary Doctor Fine Arts Scholarship Fund

Offered by Blumenthal Arts

Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Blumenthal Arts

Are you a high school senior from the Charlotte (NC) region who will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in an arts discipline (e.g. music, dance,…Show More

Are you a high school senior from the Charlotte (NC) region who will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in an arts discipline (e.g. music, dance,…Show More

Are you a high school senior from the Charlotte (NC) region who will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in an arts discipline (e.g. music, dance, theatre, technical theatre, film, digital arts, studio arts, arts administration, arts education, etc.)? If so, consider applying for the Mary Doctor Fine Arts Scholarship Fund! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $10,000 to one to two students from the Charlotte Region who submit the best ~1-page responses to the question "You have now graduated college, what is your big dream?" Applicants from the following counties are eligible to apply: Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanley, and Union in North Carolina, or Chester, Chesterfield, Lancaster, or York in South Carolina. If you're a high school senior from an eligible county and will be pursuing an arts degree, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $10,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$2,000 No Essay CollegeVine Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeVine

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeVine

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

Easy scholarship open to current high school students and college applicants. A free CollegeVine account with a completed chancing profile required to enter.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Apr 30, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

Doan Foundation Arts Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
10 awards worth $500 - $1,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Are you a low-income high school senior from California wanting to pursue a career in the arts? If so, consider applying for the Doan Foundation…Show More

Are you a low-income high school senior from California wanting to pursue a career in the arts? If so, consider applying for the Doan Foundation…Show More

Are you a low-income high school senior from California wanting to pursue a career in the arts? If so, consider applying for the Doan Foundation Arts Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards between $500 and $1,000 each to ten Californian high school seniors planning on pursuing careers in music, dance, fashion, design, theater, or any other artistic field or industry. To apply, interested students must submit an essay detailing "how the arts have affected [their] life, if there were any challenges [they] had to overcome, and if so, how [they] over came them." If you're a Californian high school senior with a passion for the arts, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

10 awards worth $500 - $1,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Apply

Lantos Activist Artist Scholarship

Offered by Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice

4 awards worth $2,500 - $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice

The Lantos Activist Artist Scholarship recognizes and supports the work of activist artists in New Hampshire who tell human rights stories in unique, inspiring, and…Show More

The Lantos Activist Artist Scholarship recognizes and supports the work of activist artists in New Hampshire who tell human rights stories in unique, inspiring, and…Show More

The Lantos Activist Artist Scholarship recognizes and supports the work of activist artists in New Hampshire who tell human rights stories in unique, inspiring, and significant ways. Applicants are challenged to examine the influence of a particular activist artist or create their own piece of activist art. Acceptable forms of media include film, writing, theater, dance, music, painting, poetry, and drawing.  While two runners-up will be awarded $2,500 each, two first-place winners will be granted $5,000 each. If you're an artist from New Hampshire passionate about expressing raw emotions that can provoke attention and action on human rights crises, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

4 awards worth $2,500 - $5,000
Expected deadline March 2025
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started
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