Acting Scholarships

Regardless of how much natural talent actors and actresses may have, there are many benefits that come from formal training. A college education is a great way to gain knowledge and experience related to your craft, and can be instrumental in forging the connections that lead to your big break. Obtaining a college education can come with much drama, literally, and especially when it comes to finding the money to pay for school. Luckily, there are acting scholarships out there to help you perfect your skills without acquiring large amounts of student loan debt.

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Many of those who pursue careers in the fine arts are propelled by a passion for the arts more than anything else. Landing a career in the theater or in the entertainment business can be overwhelming and gruesome. In this highly-competitive industry, financial aid is certainly encouraged to help support those artistic endeavors. Despite the competition, there are many organizations willing to help individuals accomplish their dreams.

To help prompt your involvement in the performing arts, here are a few scholarship opportunities for acting students. Many acting scholarships are college-specific but there are also many community and organization-specific scholarships. You can find more acting scholarships, as well as awards based on your other talents and interests by conducting a free college scholarship search.

Austin College Theatre Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Awarded to students with talents in theatre - both for those who intend to major or minor in theatre and for those who do not intend to major or minor in theatre. A limited number of awards are available each year and are awarded annually. To be considered as a candidate, applicants must have a live audition or portfolio presentation and interview with theatre faculty in the early spring of their [...] More

Case Western Theater Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU. For the [...] More

GRCF Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to students who are full-time theatre arts majors at an accredited college/university in the U.S. Theatre experience is required at one of the local community theatres. Must provide three letters of recommendation. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Dance

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • We do everything we can to make sure that a Hope College experience provides great value at an affordable rate. This focus has earned the College recognition as a Best Value by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Forbes’ Top Colleges, and inclusion in such books as Colleges That Change Lives and Putting Students First. Our students tell us that the financial aid they received made their dream of [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Theatre

  • Application Deadline: 11/16/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Hope honors talented artists in the areas of creative writing, dance, music, theater and the visual arts. You’ll need to audition or submit a portfolio. The Distinguished Artist Award in theatre is for high school seniors and transfer students who intend to enroll at Hope College in the upcoming Fall. Renewable for four years, the Distinguished Artist Awards (DAA) provides eligible incoming art, [...] More

Hope College Distinguished Artist Awards - Visual Arts

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Each year at Hope College up to sixty Distinguished Artist Award (DAA) scholarships are given to students with strong academic records and outstanding creative abilities in art, dance, music, theatre or creative writing. Renewable for four years, the DAA's provide eligible students with $3,000 each year toward their college costs. Application requirements: up to 15 high quality 35mm slides [...] More

Iowa Scholarships for the Arts

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Iowa Scholarship for the Arts is a $1,500 scholarship to help support student's future arts education. Applicants must be outstanding Iowa high school seniors who excel and demonstrate a commitment to pursuing an education and career in the arts. Applicants must also plan to attend college in Iowa and major in the fine arts. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

JSU Drama Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • JSU offers drama scholarships to full-time theater majors. Eligible criteria include: contributing (either on or back stage) to each production during the term; attending all department work calls, strikes and tech prep days; have a maximum of three absences in drama-related major courses; and, have a 2.5 GPA per term, 2.5 overall, and 3.0 in drama courses. For more information or to apply, [...] More

Loyola University- New Orleans Need-Based Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Applying for aid is simpler than you think. At Loyola, you have free reign to accomplish anything—and everything—that matters to you. And the degree to help you get there is immeasurable in value. From academic standards to real-world experience and the Jesuit tradition, this will be one of your best investments. While you're investing in yourself, we're here to help. We know the financial aid [...] More

University of South Alabama/Drama Assistantships/Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • We’re the University of South Alabama. Home to nearly 14,000 students and more than 125 academic programs, South is a dynamic community of leaders and learners who support and challenge one another to be actively engaged citizens who advance the Gulf Coast region and the world. Founded in 1963, South’s vision is to foster an environment that couples engaging learning experiences with high-level [...] More
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