Theatre Scholarships

Arts Scholarship Program

Each year, Theatre & Cinema awards two (2) scholarships in the amount of $2000 each to talented freshman or transfer students who have been admitted to the university as Theatre & Cinema majors. In addition, the program awards two (2) $2,000 scholarships to rising sophomore Theatre & Cinema majors, two (2) $2,000 scholarships to rising junior Theatre & Cinema majors, and two (2) $2,000 scholarships to rising senior Theatre & Cinema majors annually.

Conditions of Application for First-Year Theatre & Cinema Scholarships

  • Student must apply for admission to Virginia Tech through the University’s Office of Admissions. 
  • Students must complete the scholarship application procedures outlined below.

**Note: The Scholarship Audition/Interview date for students entering in the 2016-2017 year will be Sat., Feb. 27, 2016.

Application Procedures

  • Obtain a copy of your secondary school transcripts.
  • Obtain two (2) letters of recommendation/evaluation from individuals who can speak directly of your abilities and work in the theatre.
  • Complete the Scholarship Application form.
  • Interview/audition with approved Virginia Tech Theatre & Cinema faculty on the campus of Virginia Tech or at an approved audition location (i.e. state or national Thespian conference, state theatre festival, etc.).

You may either bring the materials in 1-3 above with you to your audition, or you may mail them by February 1 to:

Arts Scholarship Program
School of Performing Arts (0141)
195 Alumni Mall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

To receive application materials and/or make an appointment for an interview/audition please contact:

Administrative Assistant
theatreandcinema@vt.edu
(540) 231-5335

Other Scholarships Awarded by Theatre & Cinema

In addition to the Arts Scholarships, the following scholarships are awarded to continuing students each year. To be eligible for consideration, a student must submit a scholarship application to the department. A Call for Application will go out during the spring semester and the deadline for application must be met. 

The Samuel Robert Cox Memorial Scholarship is an annual award, given to an undergraduate Theatre & Cinema major who has made significant contributions in multiple areas of theatre, earned a GPA of 3.0 or above, and is a Virginia resident. The recipient may not also be on any other scholarship offered by the School of Performing Arts. Award amount: $500.

The Donald A. Drapeau Academic Scholarship is an annual award, given in honor of the man who for some thirty-seven years led the Department of Theatre & Cinema and fostered the development of its faculty, staff and students. The award is intended for a freshman, sophomore or junior, whose GPA is 3.0 or above and has demonstrated excellence in one or more areas of theatre. Award amount: $500.

The Box/Buxton Scholarship is an annual award, intended for a rising junior or rising senior Theatre & Cinema major (having completed at least 45 hours of course work) with a GPAof 2.5 or higher. This student must have demonstrated financial need and/or made significant contribution to the non-performance area of the Department’s production activities. Award amount: $2,000.

The Servant Leadership Award is an annual award (presented on behalf of Amy Luce & Vince DeGeorge, 2014 MFA graduates).  This award honors the student who, in the judgment of the faculty and staff, has contributed significantly to the innovation of servant leadership by way of stage management, outreach, house management, direction and/or public dialogue.  The Servant Leadership Award is intended for an undergraduate Theatre Arts major whose GPA is 3.0 or above, and may be received by the same student multiple years if he/she continues to meet the eligibility requirements.  Award amount:  $1,000.

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