Scholarships and Project Funding

Dept of Theatre Scholarships for New/Incoming Students

The Department of Theatre currently has two scholarships available to new/incoming undergraduate students that may be renewed for a maximum of three years.

  • One $1,000 scholarship for a student interested in design, technology, or stage management.
  • One $1,000 scholarship for a student with any theatre interest who is a graduating high school senior from Ohio.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be accepted by Ohio State
  • Be a declared theatre major
  • Have a 3.5 high school cumulative GPA.

Application Requirements

  • PDF icon Scholarship Application for Incoming Students
  • Interview with a representative from the department (The interview can occur before an application is submitted, and may take place on campus, over the phone, or at a recruiting event.)

Both the application and the interview must be completed by February 1.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Remain a theatre major
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Students receiving the design, technology, or stage management scholarship also must be certified annually by their faculty advisors that they are actively engaged in design, technology, or stage management.

Department of Theatre Scholarships for Current and Transfer Students

The Department of Theatre awards several general-aid scholarships each spring to deserving students. Current and transfer students should complete the Scholarship Application - Current and Transfer Students.pdf in order to be considered for scholarships. The deadline for the general-aid scholarship application is February 1, 2020.

    Department of Theatre Kirby Kennedy Wyatt II Scholarship

    The Kirby Kennedy Wyatt II Scholarship provides scholarships to students studying theatre technology--set, costume, lighting, or sound design. It also provides financial grants in the form of travel expenses, conference fees, and exhibition support for participation in professional conferences. There is no deadline for the PDF icon Wyatt Scholarship Application for financial grants. Applications are reviewed as they are received.

    Arts & Humanities Scholarship Opportunities

    Students majoring in the Arts & Humanities are eligible for additional funding in research and travel.

    Federal, State and Institutional Grants

    A grant is gift assistance awarded through federal, state, or university funds to undergraduate students with high financial need. Information from the FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART), Ohio Grant Programs, and other university grants. To qualify for these grants you must demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal and state governments, as well as the university.

    Federal Work-Study

    The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a need-based program which provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

    University Scholarships

    Scholarships can come from different sources and have various awarding criteria. Ohio State offers numerous institutional scholarships for incoming freshmen and enrolled students. Ohio State students also receive a wide array of scholarships from external donors and outside resources.

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