Thespian Scholarships

ETF is proud to offer scholarships recognizing Thespian achievement. Scholarships are open to inducted Thespians who meet the eligibility criteria. There are two application periods: February 1-April 1 for racial equity, theatre educator, and leadership scholarships, with winners announced in May; and April 1-May 1 for Thespy finalist scholarships, with winners announced in June.

Fill out the joint application for EdTA’s Racial Equity Scholarships.

Racial Equity Scholarships

Dr. Kenny D. Hasija Scholarship

Honors Broadway producer Ken Davenport’s father by supporting applicants traditionally underrepresented in the theatre industry

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: graduating seniors who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color

Mark Drum Scholarship

Created to support Asian and Pacific Islander Thespians with donations from and in honor of Thespian alum and teaching artist Mark Drum

  • Amount: $1,250
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students in an accredited college or university who are Asian or Pacific Islander

Fill out the joint application for EdTA’s Theatre Education Scholarships.

Theatre Education Scholarships

Future Theatre Educator Scholarship

Created by Nebraska and Indiana chapter leadership, with funding from chapter leaders across the country.

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: graduating seniors enrolling in an accredited college or university as theatre education majors

Gai Laing Jones Theatre Education Scholarship

Created by a former EdTA board president to support preservice theatre educators in completing their degrees

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Number awarded annually: 2
  • Eligibility: college juniors or seniors working toward their theatre education degree at an accredited college or university

Fill out the joint application for EdTA’s Leadership Scholarships.

Leadership Scholarships

Board of Directors & Presidents' Leadership Scholarships

Created with donations by and in honor of past and current EdTA board directors and presidents

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Number awarded annually: 1 of each
  • Eligibility: graduating seniors who can successfully demonstrate leadership abilities

Christopher L. Hunt Scholarship

Honors a late EdTA marketing director

  • Amount: $1,000
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: graduating senior pursuing a degree and career in business or marketing

Michael J. Peitz Leadership Scholarship

Honors a former executive director of EdTA

  • Amount: $1,500
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: graduating seniors who can successfully demonstrate leadership abilities
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Thespy Scholarships

These scholarships are open to International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys®) finalists — students who score a superior overall rating at their chapter qualifying event and qualify for the final round during ITF. More than $40,000 in educational and training opportunities are awarded each year.

Chapter Scholarships

EdTA’s chapters award more than $200,000 annually to Thespians through their own scholarship programs, many associated with participation in state Thespian festivals. EdTA matches up to $1,000 per chapter. Contact your chapter for more information.

Scholarship Recipients

Explore Past Recipients by Year

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