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.

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.

Boston University Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs
Application Deadlines: February 05, Annually
Boston University is excited to announce the Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics, a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students [...] More

Case Western Theater Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The university has made merit-based scholarships available for first year theater students. For students who wish to major in theater at CWRU, we have FOUR FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS to offer. We also have TWO $10,000 SCHOLARSHIPS for those who wish to minor in theater or pursue theater as an extracurricular at CWRU. To compete for one of these scholarships, the prospective student must apply to [...] More

Chris Hernandez Memorial Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Chi Rho Associations, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded in 1998, announces that applications are being accepted for its annual Chris Hernandez Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by the donations of alumni and friends of Chi Rho Fraternity and is administered by the Chi Rho Foundation. Chris Hernandez was a charter member of the Alpha chapter of Chi Rho Coed Service Fraternity [...] More

Crowder Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 03, Annually
The Crowder Scholarship Fund provide undergraduate scholarships to the children of employees of general contracting companies headquartered in Mecklenburg County, NC. Eligible companies must be members of the Carolinas Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. Eligibility: - Children of employees shall be defined to include natural born or legally adopted dependent children and [...] More

Father Tito Sammut Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
Chi Rho Associations, Inc., a non-profit corporation founded in 1998, announces that applications are being accepted for the award of the Father Tito Sammut Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by the donations of alumni and friends of Chi Rho Fraternity and is administered by the Chi Rho Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has exhibited a [...] More

Helen Brett Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Helen Brett Scholarship was established by Robert Kolinek, CEM, CMP, and named for his grandmother, Helen Brett, who was a pioneer in the trade show industry. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist individuals who are enrolled in a four-year degree program with a focus on the study of exhibition and event management. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry [...] More

Lackland Officers' Spouses Club Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
This scholarship is for San Antonio area high school seniors who are dependents of a military member stationed at Lackland AFB, to include: AD, Reserve, Guard, sponsors on remote assignment, retired or deceased. One scholarship is also awarded to a dependent Spouse pursuing a technical, associate, or undergraduate degree. Applications can be obtained through the Gateway Club, Family Support [...] More

Leaf Scholarship
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In its desire to perpetuate the future of the landscape industry, the CLCA's Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF) fosters, promotes and supports the education of students pursuing careers in fields relating to the landscape contracting industry. Please note: * Any student attending an accredited California community college or state university majoring in ornamental horticulture [...] More

Lycoming College Theater Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Students planning to pursue a major or a minor in theatre are encouraged to audition with faculty from the Theatre Department. Students with a talent for acting will be asked to perform two memorized contrasting excerpts from scripts of choice - one comedic and one serious selection about three (3) minutes in length each; Shakespeare excerpts should NOT be used for the audition. Directing and [...] More

Massachusetts Part Time Grant Program
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Demographic changes impacting current and future student population have a direct relationship to the number of part-time students who seek higher education. In Massachusetts, as in some other states, the number of part-time students has grown due to shifts in the states' demographic and economic conditions. More adults now find themselves needing to return to the classroom on a less than [...] More

NASN Directed Research Grant
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
To qualify for the NASN Directed Research Grant, applicant must be a member of NASN. NASN Research Grant awarded for research with a focus on any area related to school nursing and/or impacting student health. The average award is $2,500 but the maximum award is $5,000. Priority Topics: - Description and evaluation of school nursing delivery models including structure, personnel, operations [...] More

New England Society Scholarship
Application Deadlines: June 30, Annually
The New England Society in the City of New York (NES) has a long, distinguished history of philanthropic outreach dating back to its founding in 1805. This outreach varied over the years, from distributing firewood to needy families and supporting cultural institutions to providing relief to victims of natural disasters in New England. In 1953, NES focused its philanthropic efforts on education [...] More

NPG Photo Scholarship Contest
Application Deadlines: April 11, Annually
NPG, a national membership organization devoted to population issues, invites students to compete in our Photo Scholarship Contest. On January 1, 2015, the U.S. population reached 320,090,857 people. We’re projected to add another 80 million by mid-century. Source: U.S. Census Bureau Submit your original photo that shows how population growth is negatively impacting your community. With your [...] More

NYCDA Scholarships
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The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts' School of Film and Television typically awards more than $800,000 in scholarships per school year. NYCDA Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and may reflect artistic promise and demonstrated financial need. The Sanford Meisner Merit Award is based upon talent demonstrated at the audition. The award will be renewed if the student is [...] More

Screen Actors Guild John L. Dales Scholarship Fund - Standard Scholarships
Application Deadlines: March 15, Annually
Applicants for scholarship awards of the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund will be selected in accordance with the following criteria: - Applicant must be a member of the Screen Actors Guild, or the child of a member. - The member applying with the Standard application and is under the age of 22 must have been a member in good standing for five years and have a lifetime earnings of $30,000 earned [...] More

Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships
Application Deadlines: December 05, Annually
The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. Each national Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship recipient receives a $5,000 scholarship and a matching $5,000 donation to their affiliated hunger relief organization. All scholarship awards are offered annually and are non-renewable. Each national [...] More

Studio Theatre Youth On-Stage Scholarship
Application Deadlines: September 17, Annually
Studio Theatre's Young Actors Ensemble Program nurtures creativity, develops vocal and physical skills, and enhances the young actors' ability to perform and work together as part of an ensemble. Class includes theatre games, pantomimes, improvisations, monologues, and scene study from both contemporary and classical literature. Students expand their concentration, observation skills, ability, [...] More

U.S. Air Force College Loan Repayment Program
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The College Loan Repayment Program (CLRP) is for all non-prior service persons considering enlistment in the Air Force. If you have taken some college courses and have accumulated debt, this program may be for you. Participants must sign up for this program when signing the enlistment contract. Under CLRP, the repayment maximum is $10,000 per recruit. The loan must be entered into before going [...] More

U.S. Navy Loan Repayment Program
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The Navy will pay for up to $65,000 of qualified loans acquired from a post-secondary education. To be eligible for this enlisted program the loan cannot be in default and it must be the applicant’s first enlistment. The LRP is available to all active duty Navy enlisted positions! For more information, please visit: http://www.navy.com/benefits/education/payoff/ Qualifying Loans The loan must [...] More

Vinson & Elkins Scholarship Foundation
Application Deadlines: April 01, Annually
Diversity and inclusion are two of the core values which guide all that we do at Vinson & Elkins. Since our success ultimately depends on developing exceptional legal talent, Vinson & Elkins is committed to attracting and retaining the finest lawyers from all backgrounds and perspectives. To that end, Vinson & Elkins is pleased to continue offering its V&E Scholarship. The fellowship provides [...] More

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