Thespy Scholarships

Qualified International Thespian Excellence Awards (Thespys®) finalists — students who receive a superior overall rating at their chapter qualifying event and are eligible for the final round of Thespy adjudication — can apply for several scholarships that promote college and career advancement in the arts. The application period is April 1-30 annually. Scholarship finalists will be invited to interview virtually or at the International Thespian Festival (attending ITF is not a requirement). Scholarship winners will be announced during ITF.

A female scholarship recipient stands with the scholarship sponsors, holding her certificate.

Amy Bennett Musical Theatre Scholarship

Awarded by the Amy Bennett Foundation to a student who embodies Amy’s qualities of humbleness, joy, and a deep-seated passion for the arts.

  • Amount: $4,000
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: Thespy finalists in solo musical theatre who are graduating seniors planning to study musical theatre in college
A diverse group of young scholarship recipients holds their certificates and smile

Grace Kelly Scholarships

Awarded by Princess Grace Foundation to empower high school students to pursue their dreams in the arts. Four-year college scholarships include mentorship by a Princess Grace Award winner; training scholarships can be used for any training program.

  • Amount: $6,000 for college scholarships, $1,000 for training scholarships
  • Number awarded annually: 5 college scholarships, 5 training scholarships
  • Eligibility: Thespy finalists in solo and duet performance categories or technical design and construction categories (excluding Short Film, Playwriting, Stage Management, Theatre Marketing); graduating seniors are eligible for college scholarships and rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for training scholarships

College Scholarships

Training Scholarships

A young female award winner stands with the award's sponsoring family members, holding her award certificate.

Marion Combs Career Inspiration Award

Funding toward college or career-readiness pursuits awarded to a BIPOC student pursuing a career in theatre

  • Amount: $2,000
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: graduating senior Thespy finalists in any category
Student recipients of the Open Jar Scholarship stand with Open Jar's founder and CEO, Jeff Whiting.

Open Jar Musical Theatre Scholarship

Presented by Open Jar Institute to fund attendance in its Broadway Summer Intensive

  • Amount: $4,000 value
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: Thespy finalists in solo or duet musical theatre, any grade level

Thornton Wilder Playwriting Award

Cash award and mentorship by award-winning playwright Dipika Guha

  • Amount: $500
  • Number awarded annually: 1
  • Eligibility: Thespy finalists in playwriting, any grade level

Scholarship Recipients

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