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Save Thousands With These 9 Scholarships

Save Thousands With These 9 Scholarships
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The final tab for a college arts education can leave your head spinning, so why not take the edge off with as many performing arts scholarships as possible? Deadlines for 2016 have come and gone for most of the opportunities below, but it’s never too early to dog-ear and revisit come fall or winter—it could earn you thousands of dollars in savings!

The Henry & Joyce W. Sumid Scholarship is a financial need-based $5,000 scholarship granted to high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students pursuing theater arts. Applicants must be legal residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, or Washington.

Since 1981, the National YoungArts Foundation has helped mold on-the-rise youth talent through its YoungArts Program, a selective, audition-based community of filmmakers, actors, dancers, musicians, and artists of other vocations. Of thousands of annual applicants, approximately 800 are chosen to attend a week of master classes and performances in either Miami, New York, or L.A.; to receive cash grants of up to $10,000; to get in the running for additional in-program scholarship opportunities; and to qualify to be nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Are you on good terms with your school’s dean or company’s artistic director? Talk to them about the Princess Grace Foundation-USA—they could nominate you for its awards program consideration! Founded by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of the late Princess Grace Kelly, this nonprofit organization has provided $11 million to emerging talent within the performing arts.

The Educational Theatre Association is dedicated to honoring student achievement, supporting educators, and influencing public opinion on stages sea to sea. A preprofessional EdTA membership for full-time university, college, or conservatory students is only $25 and provides a number of benefits, including eligibility for 10 different scholarships averaging $1,000 each.

As a regional chapter of the Educational Theatre Association, Georgia Thespians offers $24,500 annually in scholarships to high school senior actors going on to study the performing arts. Its largest scholarship is the Gerald Ray Horne Scholarship: $2,500 is awarded to a “well-balanced thespian” who embodies the late Horne’s career and qualities as a Georgia-based director and state leader.

If you’re a qualified black student pursuing a performing arts degree, you’re eligible for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s $3,000 merit-based scholarship. Its CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship was founded 16 years ago in honor of the late soul revolutionary Curtis Mayfield.

The Japanese American Citizens League awards over $70,000 per year to its youth members attending college or university. Scholarships are given across all disciplines and fields of study.

Aspiring multihyphenates: Bookmark Taliesin Nexus’ MFA Scholarship Program and Liberty Lab for Film. The former provides storytellers up to $4,000 to pursue the fine arts through higher education. The latter is a $10,000 grant for talented, experienced multihyphenate filmmakers to work and learn alongside industry professionals.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation has your back with two tiers of annually awarded scholarships: the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund (divided between a standard scholarship and a transitional scholarship) and the George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Millions of dollars toward higher education or changes in career have been granted to thousands of members and their children since the funds’ founding in 1973 and 1967, respectively. You could be next! 

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