A scene from SMILE MEDICINE, Fall '21

Scholarships

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

For information about scholarships offered by the University of Iowa, please visit the University of Iowa Scholarship Portal and visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information about scholarships offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, visit the CLAS Scholarships page.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers scholarships for incoming theatre arts students and returning (current) students. For information about scholarships offered by the Department of Theatre Arts, see below. 


Scholarships for Incoming Undergraduate Students

Link to scholarship application for incoming first-year students entering Fall 2022
Application deadline: February 28, 2022
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 7, 2022!

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 theatre@uiowa.edu or 319-335-2700.

Scholarships for Continuing Undergraduate Students

The Department of Theatre Arts Scholarship Application for Continuing Undergraduate Students will be made available through the Iowa Scholarship Portal on January 21, 2022. Login with your HawkID and password to complete the general application and the Department of Theatre Arts application (separate applications).

Application deadline: Saturday, March 12, 2022

Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving theatre arts student
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $9,000

Alumni Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving theatre arts student
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $4,000

Dorothy Guthrie Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving theatre arts student
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $5,000

Tennessee Williams Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving theatre arts student
  • Award: up to $3,000

Lorena Bach Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving theatre arts student
  • Award: up to $1,200

Jacqueline V. Brookes Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving undergraduate student in the Department of Theatre Arts in acting. Preference given to students based on merit.
  • Award: Multiple awards totally up to $3,000

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. Awarded to an undergraduate student in theatre arts. The student must have completed at least 30 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Award recipient must have demonstrated commitment to theatre and the University of Iowa 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 BA in theatre arts.
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $3,000

Vivian McCarty Scholarship

  • Awarded to a deserving undergraduate student, with priority to a student with financial need. Academic merit is also a factor in award consideration.
  • Award: up to $600

E.C. Mabie Scholarship

  • Awarded to a registered undergraduate student who is about to complete, or has completed, 4 semesters in the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa. Preference shall be given to a graduate of Knoxville High School (Knoxville, Iowa).
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $20,000

Foster Harmon Scholarship in Theatre

  • Awarded to a deserving theatre arts student.
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $6,000

Arnie Gillette Scholarship

  • Awarded to an undergraduate student in technical theatre or theatre design.
  • Award: Multiple awards totaling up to $2,000

Interdisciplinary Student Scholarships

Marcia Thayer Scholarship

Please note: This scholarship is not part of the Department of Theatre Arts application on the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Please follow the submission instructions below.

Application deadline: March 1, 2022

  • The Marcia Thayer Scholarship provides either full undergraduate in state or up to $15,000 for out of state tuition, excluding fees. It is awarded to current undergraduate students majoring in dance, music, or theatre arts who demonstrate ability in more than one performance area (e.g. theatre and dance or dance and music).
  • Instructions: Recipients must be fulltime undergraduates in good standing in the University and making normal progress toward completion of University and degree requirements. Applicants must also have finished at least 45 semester hours by the end of the spring 2022 semester (at the University of Iowa) to be eligible.
  • To apply, please submit the following:
    • A cover letter describing your experience in at least two areas of the arts
    • A resume, including all production and/or concert experience
    • An up-to-date transcript, including a statement of GPA in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and in your major
    • A letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member, or other qualified person, in each of your artistic disciplines (a total of two letters are required)
  • Address all materials to:
    The Marcia Thayer Scholarship Committee
    Attn: Amy Huston, Division of Performing Arts, 1400M Voxman Music Building
    Iowa City, IA 52242
  • Questions may be directed to Amy Huston at amy-huston@uiowa.edu

Nicholas Meyer Playwriting Scholarship

Please note: This scholarship is separate from the Department of Theatre Arts application on the Iowa Scholarship Portal. To submit an application for this scholarship, login to the Iowa Scholarship Portal and search "Nicholas Meyer Playwriting Scholarship."

Application deadline: March 12, 2022

  • Designed to encourage potential playwrights and screenwriters to pursue their studies at the University of Iowa, the Nicholas Meyer Playwriting Scholarship is awarded each year to a registered undergraduate student, pursuing the study of dramatic writing for stage, television, and film. The recipient of this scholarship is chosen on the basis of academic record and demonstrated ability in writing, with emphasis on the latter.
  • Award: up to $4,000
  • To apply, please submit the following:
    • A copy of your most recent transcript
    • A letter summarizing experience and ambition in playwriting or screenwriting and related fields
    • Several samples of writing, including a complete script
      • Total sample should not exceed 150 pages and may be as little as 35 pages
      • Please upload a PDF

Study Abroad Scholarship

Design students who are interested in studying abroad are eligible for the Ulfers/Hall Study Abroad Scholarship. 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 BA 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 MyUI
  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: TBA  

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


Questions

Questions regarding scholarships or the application should be directed to the Theatre Main Office, 107 TB, 319-335-2700.