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Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
Sponsor: South Carolina State Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors in South Carolina public schools, have attended South Carolina public schools for the past two consecutive years and be U.S. citizens. There are five categories: creative writing, dance, music, theater and visual arts. For the creative writing category, a sonnet, lyric or narrative poem no longer than one page must be submitted. For the dance category, an original, short dance composition of three to ten minutes. For the music category, an original composition of three to ten minutes must be submitted. For the theater category, an original one-act play with a performing time of eight to fifteen minutes. For the visual arts category, an original visual composition must be submitted. Compositions are judged on creativity, originality and quality of expression and content.

Amount: $2,000
Deadline: February 6
How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, composition and process folio are required.

Colorado State Thespians Scholarships
Sponsor: Colorado State Thespians
2001 Lincoln Street
Suite 1611
Denver, CO 80202
Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors, have a minimum 2.75 GPA, plan to attend one of 30 participating universities, colleges or conservatories from across the nation and major in theatre. Students must perform an audition in acting, musical theatre or dance or prepare a portfolio of their expertise in technical theatre to present on the designated audition day in Denver, Colorado. Admission and additional scholarships may be offered by the colleges based on the audition.

Amount: $1,000
Deadline: November 10
How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, photo and $35 application fee are required.

Georgia Thespians Achievement Scholarships
Sponsor: Georgia Thespians
2897 North Druid Hills Road
Box 225
Atlanta, GA 30329
Eligibility: Applicants must be Georgia high school juniors or seniors and perform an audition in one of the following categories: acting, technical theatre, singing or theatre education.

Amount: $2,000
Deadline: January 7
How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form and resume of thespian troupe experience are required.

M. Josephine O'Neil Arts Award
Sponsor: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Lambda State Organization
c/o Athena Columbus
8127 North Oketo Avenue
Niles, IL 60714-2941
Eligibility: Applicants must be Illinois residents and be sophomores at an accredited community college or current or upcoming juniors at an accredited four-year college or university. Students must demonstrate outstanding accomplishment in music, visual arts, dance, theater or the literary arts.

Amount: $6,000
Deadline: February 1
How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, transcript, evidence of accomplishment in the arts (such as reviews, awards, etc.) and an artwork sample are required.

NFMC Wendell Irish Viola Award
Sponsor: National Federation of Music Clubs (AR)
Dr. George Keck
2112 Hinson Road
Suite 23
Little Rock, AR 72212
Eligibility: Applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 and must be Individual Junior Special members or Active Junior Club members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Applicants must enter in their state of residence by submitting a taped performance.

Amount: $250-$1,000
Deadline: February 1
How to apply: Applications are available online.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Sponsor: Optimist International
4494 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Eligibility: Applicants must be students in the U.S., Canada or Caribbean under the age of 16 as of December 31st of the entry year. Selection is based on an oratorical contest.

Amount: $1,000-$2,500
Deadline: Late March
How to apply: Contact your local Optimist Club.

Playwright Discovery Award
Sponsor: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
Eligibility: Applicants must be students in grades 6-12. Applicants are to create an original one-act script of less than 40 pages that documents the experience of living with a disability. Applicants themselves need not be disabled, but the script must address the issue. Selected scripts will be performed for middle school, high school and adult audiences. First and second place winners will have their plays performed at the JFK Performing Arts Center.

Amount: Up to $750
Deadline: June 1
How to apply: Applications are available online.

Princess Grace Awards
Sponsor: Princess Grace Awards
150 E. 58th Street
25th Floor
New York, NY 10155
Eligibility: Applicants must submit an example of their work in the category in which they apply: theatre, dance, choreography, film or playwriting. Theatre and dance applicants require the sponsorship of a professional company or school, one nominee per institution. Awards are based on the artistic quality of the artist's work, potential for future excellence and activities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and (except playwrights) must be nominated by a school department chair/dean or company artistic director. Awards must be completed in the United States.

Amount: Up to $30,000
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: Applications are available online.

Theatre Scholarships
Sponsor: Hanover College Office of Admission and Financial Assistance
517 Ball Drive
Hanover, IN 47243
Eligibility: Applicants must attend Hanover College. They must schedule an interview with theatre faculty. They must present an audition, portfolio, script or other material as appropriate to their area of interest.

Amount: $500-$3,500
Deadline: Varies
How to apply: No application form is necessary. A resume, letter of recommendation and material pertinent to area of interest are required.

Thespian Scholarships
Sponsor: Educational Theatre Association
2343 Auburn Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219-2815
Eligibility: Applicants must be seniors in high school, active members of the International Thespian Society and planning to major or minor in communicative arts. Most of the scholarships require an audition or tech portfolio.

Amount: Varies
Deadline: April 1
How to apply: Applications are available online.

YoungArts Program
Sponsor: National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
Eligibility: Applicants must be either high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors or 15 to 18 years old by December 1 of the year of application. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The disciplines included are cinematic arts, dance, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice and writing. Those applying in the discipline of jazz music may be registered aliens. There is a nonrefundable fee.

Amount: Up to $10,000
Deadline: October 16
How to apply: Applications are available online.

Youth Free Expression Network Film Contest
Sponsor: National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)
19 Fulton Street
Suite 407
New York, NY 10038
Eligibility: Students must be 19 years or younger. Films must be four minutes or less in a variety of genres including documentary, music video and experimental. Top three winners receive cash stipends.

Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: March 15
How to apply: Applications are available online.