Scholarships & Grants for Students

Scholarships and Grants for Students

ITF, Thespys, Chapter Scholarships and more


The Educational Theatre Association recognizes student achievement through a variety of scholarships and grants. Use links below for more information, applications and list of winners.

Group Acting performers at the 2020 Thespys
Actors at the 2020 Thespys

Scholarships Awards at the International Thespian Festival: $40K Annually through the Thespy program



Grace Kelly Scholarships
Awarded to ten top scorers representing the highest level of achievement and promise for high school theatre makers and performers. Five $6,000 scholarships to graduating seniors for their college education plus internship stipend and mentor and five $1,000 training scholarships to underclassmen.


Amy Bennett Musical Theatre Scholarship
$2500 is awarded to a graduating senior who is a top scoring outstanding musical theatre performer at the Thespys and is planning to study musical theatre at a college or conservatory.


Meet the 2021 Scholarship Winners

Marissa Barker, recipient of the Send a Leader Grant
Marissa Barker, recipient of the Send a Leader Grant

Grants to Attend the International Thespian Festival: Covers all Registration Fees



Doug Finney Festival Grant
The Doug Finney Festival Grant is a need-based grant given annually to four high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are inducted Thespians.


Ronald L. Longstreth International Thespian Festival Grant
Ronald L. Longstreth International Thespian Festival Grant is for students who are not United States citizens, who reside in a foreign country, and are inducted Thespians in a troupe in a foreign country or are active participants in a United States troupe if they are an exchange student.


Send a Leader Diversity Grants
The Send a Leader Diversity Grants are awarded to student Thespians with experience in diversity-based leadership, service, and social justice activities, with preference given to students traditionally underrepresented in student leadership. Includes leadership training curriculum.


Leadership Grant
The Leadership Grant, created by Joe Burnsworth, former president of the Educational Theatre Association. Awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership through Thespian activities by being a troupe or state chapter officer and have previously participated in the leadership-training program at Festival.


Meet the 2021 Grant Winners

Pacific Rim Academy, winner of the 2019 Send a Troupe to ITF Grant
Pacific Rim Academy, winner of the 2019 Send a Troupe to ITF Grant

Thespian Scholarships: $10k Awarded Annually



Mark Drum Scholarship: $1,250 scholarship that seeks to support Asian or Pacific Islander applicants, who are traditionally underrepresented in the theatre industry.

Dr. Kenny D. Hasija Scholarship: $1,000 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.

Educational Theatre Association Board of Directors Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship created with donations by, and in honor of, past and current members of the EdTA Board of Directors.

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

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

Michael J. Peitz Leadership Scholarship: $1,500 scholarship awarded to a Thespian who successfully demonstrates leadership abilities.

Democracyworks Essay Competition: student essay competition sponsored by Concord Theatricals. The program was founded in 2009 to support and grow student advocacy on behalf of theatre and other arts education.


Meet the 2021 Scholarship Winners

Garfield Thespians win the Outstanding School Award in 2019
Garfield Thespians win the Outstanding School Award in 2019

Chapter Scholarships: $200K+ Awarded Annually



EdTA matches up to $1000 per chapter. For more information contact your chapter.

Questions? Please email awards@schooltheatre.org.