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Scholarships

Undergraduate Students in Theatre Arts receive a wide range of financial aid from scholarships and grants offered by the University and by the Department.

For information about scholarships offered by The University of Iowa, see:
scholarships and aid types

For information about scholarships offered by the Department of Theatre Arts, see below. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year. For information on how to apply, please see details listed under each scholarship.


For Incoming Students
For Returning Students
Completed at least 30 s.h. by the end of spring '17
Completed at least 60 s.h. by the end of spring '17
Design, Technical Theatre & Stage Management
Design Students Interested in Studying Abroad
Interdisciplinary Students


Scholarships for Incoming Undergraduate Students

Scholarship application for incoming first-year students for fall 2017: Theatre Arts Scholarship Application.
Application deadline: February 24, 2017

Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

  • Based on artistic potential in one or more areas of theatre, as well as academic and artistic achievement.
  • Award: Full in-state tuition for the first year of study awarded to up to three new traditional first-year students.
  • For questions regarding this scholarship or for students wishing to visit and tour the department, contact Tiffany Schier at 319.335.2700.

Hatch Billops Scholarship

  • Based on artistic potential in one or more areas of theatre, as well as academic and artistic achievement.
  • Award: Up to $1,400
  • The scholarship is open to incoming first year or transfer students of African American or Caribbean descent with preference for a descendant of the Middle Passage who was born in the United States or the Caribbean.

 

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Auditions

 

Scholarships for Returning Students

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Applications will be available through the Theatre Main Office in February. Questions regarding scholarships may be directed to James Albert, Chair of the Scholarship Committee or to the main office. Applicants should submit all application materials to James Albert, 107 TB, Department of Theatre Arts (mailbox is in the main office).

Application Deadline: 4:30pm on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Download the Continuing Student Scholarship Application for 2017-18 here.

Students who will have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours by the end of the spring term are eligible for:

Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

  • Based on good academic standing, demonstrated talent in any area, and contribution to the theatre program as a whole
  • Award: Multiple awards up to $5,000 per scholarship

Alumni Scholarship

  • Based on demonstrated talent in any production area, good academic standing, and contribution towards theatre as a whole
  • Award: up to $3,000

Dorothy Guthrie Scholarship

  • Based on demonstrated talent in any production area, good academic standing, and contribution to the theatre program as a whole
  • Award: up to $4,500

Tennessee Williams Scholarship

  • Based on academic merit, contribution to the theatre program as a whole, and financial need (Please provide some indication of the reason for your financial need)
  • Award: up to $3,000

Lorena Bach Scholarship

  • For a student whose consideration and thoughtfulness help to create a strong artistic community, and based on good academic standing.
  • Award: up to $1,000

Jacqueline V. Brookes Scholarship

  • Based on demonstrated talent in any production area, good academic standing, and contribution towards theatre as a whole
  • Award: up to $1,300

Hatch-Billops University of Iowa Theatre Arts Scholarship

  • Open to students of African American or Caribbean descent with preference for a descendent of the Middle Passage who was born in the United States or Caribbean.
  • The recipient must have a demonstrated commitment to theatre and the University of Iowa’s Department of Theatre Arts.
  • Have demonstrated talent and ambition in the classroom and in one or more areas of production, and have expressed a desire to graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average required of all university classes.
  • Award: up to $1,400

Vivian McCarty Scholarship

  • Based on financial need, academic merit, and contribution to the department.
  • Award: up to $650

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Students who will have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours by the end of the spring term are eligible for:

E.C. Mabie Scholarship

  • Based on expectation of recipient making a major contribution in some area of theatre
  • Award: up to $15,000 to be awarded as several scholarships

Foster Harmon Scholarship in Theatre

  • Based on demonstrated talent in any production area, good academic standing, and contribution to theatre program as a whole
  • Award: up to $4,000

 

Students in design, technical theatre and stage management are eligible for:

Arnie Gillette Scholarship

  • Based on demonstrated talent in design, technical theatre, or stage management, good academic standing, and contribution to the theatre program as a whole
  • Award: up to $1,500

 

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Costume Renderings

 

Design Students who are interested in studying abroad
are eligible for:

Ulfers/Hall Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Award: TBA

The Design Program encourages all majors with interests in theatre design to consider study abroad opportunities and to apply for the Erik Ulfers/Margaret Hall Scholarship. In order to qualify for a scholarship, students must:

  • be a declared Theatre Arts major no later than February 15 to qualify for a scholarship for the summer or fall and no later than September 15 to qualify for a scholarship for the spring semester.
  • have earned 60 s.h. towards the major, have a Design emphasis, and have demonstrated talent and ambition in the classroom and in one or more areas of production, and have expressed a desire to graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.
  • participate in an approved study abroad program or an academically significant internship experience abroad that is at least 6 weeks in length.
  • apply by the deadline as noted on the scholarship application.
  • See the Study Abroad page for more information about programs and additional scholarships.

In order to ensure that credit earned while abroad is approved, it is the student’s responsibility to complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form, which is available from the student’s Study Abroad Advisor, and should be submitted to the International Studies program office for review. The student should also make arrangements to submit study abroad transcripts to the Study Abroad office.

Completed applications consist of:

  1. a reference letter from a faculty member outside of the design program
  2. a statement of purpose essay
  3. a print-out of your grade report from ISIS
  4. a short reference email from a faculty member in the design program
  5. the application form from the internship program and a Study Abroad Conditions of Participation form if relevant

Application Deadline: September 30, February 25 or by special request

Within one semester of completing the study abroad, the student must make a presentation about thier research in one of the design classes (coordinated through the Design Faculty) and write a thank you letter to Erik Ulfers.

Interdisciplinary students are eligible for:

Marcia Thayer Scholarship

  • Open to undergraduate students majoring in dance, music or theatre arts who demonstrate ability in more than one performance area.
  • Award: Full undergraduate in-state or out-of-state tuition excluding fees
  • Applications should submit (1) a cover letter describing their experience in at least two areas of the arts; (2) a resume including all production and/or concert experience; (3) a copy of their most recent transcript including a statement of GPA in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in your majors; and (4) at least two letters of recommendation, with at least one being from a faculty member or other qualified person in each of your artistic disciplines. A total of two letters is required.
  • Address all materials to The Marcia Thayer Scholarship Committee, Attn. Kellie Kucera, Division of Performing Arts. Phone 319-335-1606
  • Application Deadline: Monday, March 7, 2016

Nicholas Meyer Scholarship in Dramatic Writing

  • Open to any registered undergraduate University of Iowa student to encourage the study of dramatic writing for the stage, television, and film.
  • Award: up to $3,300
    Applicants should submit a copy of most recent transcript, a letter summarizing experience and ambition in playwriting or screenwriting and related fields, and several samples of writing including a complete script. Total sample should not exceed 150 pages and may be as little as 35 pages. Submit all materials to Art Borreca, University of Iowa, 107 Theatre Building, Iowa City, IA 52242.
  • Application Deadline: 4:30 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016

Richard Maibaum Scholarship in Playwriting

  • Open to any registered graduate or undergraduate University of Iowa student whose stage, film, or television play has been judged to be the work of a writer of promise and originality.
  • Special attention will be given to works whose subject matter reflects Richard Maibaum's lifelong concern for social issues such as social conflict, injustice, and prejudice.
  • Award: up to $1,000
  • Applicants should submit a typewritten manuscript, a current resume, and a copy of their most recent University of Iowa transcript to Art Borreca, University of Iowa, 107 Theatre Building, Iowa City, IA 52242.
  • Application Deadline: 4:30 pm, Friday, March 4, 2016