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  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
    $2,000
    February 24
    Sponsor: South Carolina State Department of Education

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors in South Carolina public schools, have attended South Carolina public schools for the past two consecutive years and be U.S. citizens. There are five categories: creative writing, dance, music, theater and visual arts. For the creative writing category, a sonnet, lyric or narrative poem no longer than one page must be submitted. For the dance category, an original, short dance composition of three to ten minutes. For the music category, an original composition of three to ten minutes must be submitted. For the theater category, an original one-act play with a performing time of eight to fifteen minutes. For the visual arts category, an original visual composition must be submitted. Compositions are judged on creativity, originality and quality of expression and content.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, composition and process folio are required.

    1429 Senate Street
    Columbia, SC 29201

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  • Brady & Patrick Gallagher Memorial Scholarship
    $2,000
    March 1
    Sponsor: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must demonstrate ability and interest with evidence of participation in community and school activities. Financial need may be considered.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    402 East Michigan Avenue
    Kalamazoo, MI 49007-3888

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  • Colorado State Thespians Scholarships
    $1,000
    November 10
    Sponsor: Colorado State Thespians

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors, have a minimum 2.75 GPA, plan to attend one of 30 participating universities, colleges or conservatories from across the nation and major in theatre. Students must perform an audition in acting, musical theatre or dance or prepare a portfolio of their expertise in technical theatre to present on the designated audition day in Denver, Colorado. Admission and additional scholarships may be offered by the colleges based on the audition.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, photo and $35 application fee are required.

    2001 Lincoln Street
    Suite 1611
    Denver, CO 80202

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  • Georgia Thespians Achievement Scholarships
    $2,000
    December 6
    Sponsor: Georgia Thespians

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Georgia high school juniors or seniors and perform an audition in one of the following categories: acting, technical theatre, singing or theatre education.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form and resume of thespian troupe experience are required.

    2897 North Druid Hills Road
    Box 225
    Atlanta, GA 30329

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  • Jodi Peplinski Educational Fund
    Varies
    February 1
    Sponsor: Bay Area Community Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time student and residents of Bay County who have participated in cheerleading, choral music, musicals, stage productions, band or dance squad. They must also submit a completed FAFSA form, two recommendation letters, a current academic transcript and an essay about a positive experience they had while attending Garber High School.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Pere Marquette Depot
    1000 Adams Street
    Suite 200
    Bay City, MI 48708

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  • Josh Borgmeyer Memorial Scholarship
    $3,000
    April 15
    Sponsor: Truman Heartland Community Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be students at Blue Springs High School in Missouri. Students must be active participants in the Blue Springs High School Drama Club.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    c/o Blue Ridge Bank Financial Center
    4200 Little Blue Parkway
    Suite 340
    Independence, MO 64057

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  • M. Josephine O'Neil Arts Award
    Up to $6,000
    January 9
    Sponsor: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Lambda State Organization

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Illinois residents and be sophomores at an accredited community college or current or upcoming juniors at an accredited four-year college or university. Students must demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in music, visual arts, dance, theater or the literary arts.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, transcript, evidence of accomplishment in the arts (such as reviews, awards, etc.) and an artwork sample are required.

    c/o Athena Columbus
    8127 North Oketo Avenue
    Niles, IL 60714-2941

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  • Mark P. Tiner Scholarship
    $1,000
    March
    Sponsor: Orange County Community Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must intend on enrolling full-time at a an accredited four-year college. Students must have unmet financial need and must have completed a minimum of 300 hours of community service over the last four years. A minimum GPA of 3.75 is required. Applicants must have been involved in visual arts, performing arts or sports during their senior year of high school.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    4041 MacArthur Boulevard
    Suite 510
    Newport Beach, CA 92660

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  • NFMC Wendell Irish Viola Award
    $250-$1,000
    February 1
    Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs (AR)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and must be Individual Junior Special members or Active Junior Club members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Applicants must enter in their state of residence by submitting a taped performance.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Dr. George Keck
    2112 Hinson Road
    Suite 23
    Little Rock, AR 72212

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  • Optimist International Oratorical Contest
    $1,000-$2,500
    Varies
    Sponsor: Optimist International

    Eligibility: Applicants must be students in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean under the age of 16 as of December 31st of the entry year. Selection is based on an oratorical contest.

    How to apply: Contact your local Optimist Club.

    4494 Lindell Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO 63108

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  • Playwright Discovery Award
    Varies
    February 1
    Sponsor: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Eligibility: Applicants must be students in grades 6-12. Applicants are to create an original one-act script of less than 40 pages that documents the experience of living with a disability. Applicants themselves need not be disabled, but the script must address the issue. Selected scripts will be performed for middle school, high school and adult audiences. First and second place winners will have their plays performed at the JFK Performing Arts Center.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    2700 F Street NW
    Washington, DC 20566

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  • Princess Grace Awards
    Up to $30,000
    Varies
    Sponsor: Princess Grace Awards

    Eligibility: Applicants must submit an example of their work in the category in which they apply: theatre, dance, choreography, film or playwriting. Theatre and dance applicants require the sponsorship of a professional company or school, one nominee per institution. Awards are based on the artistic quality of the artist's work, potential for future excellence and activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and (except playwrights) must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director. Awards must be completed in the United States.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    150 E. 58th Street
    25th Floor
    New York, NY 10155

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  • Robert W. Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship
    $500
    January 22
    Sponsor: Knox County Community Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must have been involved in arts/technical theater, chorus, band or have participated in high school musical productions. Students with technical theater experience will be given preference for this award.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Old National Bank Building
    20 North Third Street
    Suite 301
    Vincennes, IN 47591

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  • Thespian Scholarships
    Varies
    May 1
    Sponsor: Educational Theatre Association

    Eligibility: Applicants must be seniors in high school, active members of the International Thespian Society and planning to major or minor in communicative arts. Most of the scholarships require an audition or tech portfolio.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    2343 Auburn Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45219-2815

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  • Voquent Voice Acting Scholarship
    $2,000
    September 30
    Sponsor: Voquent

    Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university. Students must verify with their faculty head that the college or university is participating in the Voice Acting Scholarship. To enter, fill out the online application and create a single post on both Instagram and Twitter showing off your voice. Selection is based on creativity and posts must be family friendly. Further guidelines can be found on the website.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    71-75 Shelton Street
    London, En WC2H9JQ

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  • YoungArts Program
    Up to $10,000
    October 16
    Sponsor: National YoungArts Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be either high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors or 15 to 18 years old by December 1 of the year of application. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The disciplines included are cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. Those applying in the discipline of jazz music may be registered aliens. There is a nonrefundable fee.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    2100 Biscayne Boulevard
    Miami, FL 33137

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  • Youth Free Expression Network Film Contest
    Up to $1,000
    April 15
    Sponsor: National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)

    Eligibility: Students must be 19 years or younger. Films must be four minutes or less in a variety of genres including documentary, music video and experimental. Top three winners receive cash stipends.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    19 Fulton Street
    Suite 407
    New York, NY 10038

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