Scholarships

The Educational Theatre Association offers a variety of options to recognize student achievement through its scholarship opportunities. The application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Attendance at the International Thespian Festival is not required for the following scholarships:

The Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors Scholarship is a $1,000 one-time scholarship created with donations by, and in honor of, past and current members of the EdTA Board of Directors. One applicant will receive a one-time scholarship to be applied to tuition and fees associated with full-time enrollment at an accredited college or university. This award is intended for undergraduate students currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university who are upcoming sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Upcoming freshman and graduating seniors are not eligible. Applicants must be Alumni of the International Thespian Society and pursuing a career in theatre education.

The Bob and Marti Fowler Future Theatre Educator Scholarship is a $2,000 one-time scholarship awarded to a student pursuing a theatre education major and who demonstrates leadership qualities, an excellent work ethic, the ability to work effectively as a member of a production team, strong character, academic ability, organizational skills, and experience in different aspects of theatre.

The Christopher L. Hunt Scholarship is a $1,000 one-time scholarship created with donations in honor of the late Chris Hunt, Director of Marketing at EdTA. This scholarship is intended for inducted Thespians who plan to use skills learned through theatre in a career focused on business or marketing. 

The Educational Theatre Association Presidents’ Leadership Scholarship is a $1,000 one-time scholarship created with donations from and in honor of past and current EdTA board presidents. This scholarship is intended for inducted Thespians who successfully demonstrate leadership abilities. 

The Michael J. Peitz Leadership Scholarship is a $1,500 one-time scholarship awarded to an inducted Thespian of the International Thespian Society, the student honorary organization of the Educational Theatre Association, who successfully demonstrates leadership abilities.

The Alan D. Engelsman and Penny Lu Engelsman Scholarship is a $500 renewable (once per year, up to four total years) scholarship awarded to a high school senior that will be pursuing an education major in theatre, technical theatre, playwriting or English and demonstrates work ethic by securing a part-time job for the entirety of their college career.

The Melba Day Henning Scholarship is a $3,000 one-time scholarship intended to be awarded to an undergraduate student currently enrolled full-time in theatre education study at an accredited college or university who are upcoming juniors or seniors. In addition, part-time or full-time graduate students are also eligible to apply. Applicants must have completed their freshman year to apply.


The Amy Bennett Musical Theatre Scholarship is a one-time scholarship, awarded at the International Thespian Festival, to a graduating senior entering a college program to major in musical theatre.

Please contact awards@schooltheatre.org with any questions.


To apply for any scholarship opportunity: