Scholarships

EdTA Scholarships


The Educational Theatre Association offers a variety of options to recognize student achievement through its scholarship opportunities. The 2020-2021 cycle is now open. Attendance at the International Thespian Festival is not required for the following scholarships:

The Dr. Kenny D. Hasija Scholarship is a $1,000 one-time scholarship that seeks to support applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in the theatre industry, such as those who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color. Applicants should be inducted members of the International Thespian Society (Thespians) who are graduating seniors or Thespian alumni who are pursuing undergraduate studies at an accredited college or university, and who plan on a career in any area of the theater, from performing to producing. Deadline: April 1.

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. Deadline: April 1.

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. Deadline: April 1.

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. Deadline: April 1.

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. Deadline: April 1.

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. Deadline: April 1.


Additional performance-based scholarship opportunities, such as the Amy Bennett Musical Theatre Scholarship, are awarded at the International Thespian Festival. Some chapters also provide scholarships to local and regional students. For more information about those opportunities, contact your chapter.

Please contact awards@schooltheatre.org with any questions. The button below will become an active link when the 2020-21 cycle opens in January.


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