Kennedy Center Education offers a wide array of resources and experiences that inspire, excite, and empower students and young artists, plus the tools and connections to help educators incorporate the arts into classrooms of all types. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards sixteen regional and two national scholarships annually. One nominee and partner from every region will be invited to the national festival, where nominees and partners both have the chance to win the first place award.
Applicants must be undergraduate students registered for at least six semester or equivalent quarter hours, a graduate student registered for at least three semester or equivalent quarter hours or a continuing part-time student enrolled in a regular degree or certificate program. All scene partners must have been a bona fide student at the time of the initial KCACTF response or during the term in which the regional festival occurs (confirmed in writing as outlined above). Nominees and their partners need not be students at the same institution. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.