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.

The Department of Theatre Arts offers scholarships for incoming theatre arts students and returning (current) students.  Below is information about the scholarships offered by the department. Links to applications will be provided when they become available in late January.

Scholarship opportunities for incoming undergraduates

For incoming undergraduate students entering in the fall. Application form link will be available on January 2, 2024. Deadline will be March 7, 2024.

Scholarship Opportunities for Incoming Undergraduates

Please click here to access the application form.
Application deadline: March 7, 2024.

  • 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.

Scholarship opportunities for continuing undergraduates

The Department of Theatre Arts Scholarship Applications for Continuing Undergraduate Students will be made available through the Iowa Scholarship Portal on Jan. 22, 2024. Login with your HawkID and password to complete the general application and the Department of Theatre Arts application (separate applications). The deadline to submit these is March 11, 2024.

Scholarship Opportunities for Continuing Undergraduates

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

Notice: The Marcia Thayer Scholarship application is handled outside of the UI Scholarship Portal. If you are interested in applying, please click this link to apply.
  • Application deadline: March 17, 2024
  • Award: 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).
  • Recipients must be full-time 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 semester (at the University of Iowa) to be eligible.
  • Questions may be directed to Kelly Walsh at kelly-walsh@uiowa.edu.
theatre arts students Brillian Qi-Bell and Alexi Bolden outside in the snow

In the spotlight onstage and backstage

Questions?

Questions regarding scholarships or applications should be directed to the Theatre Main Office:

107 Theatre Building (TB)
​​​​​​​319-335-2700

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also awards scholarships to students continuing coursework in a major within the college. Some scholarships are open to all liberal arts and sciences students and others are for select liberal arts and sciences majors.