Theatre & Dance Scholarships

Applications Closed

The application period for 2019-2020 awards closed on MARCH 1, 2019. Please check back in late September 2019 for information about 2020-2021 awards.


School of Theatre & Dance scholarship opportunities exist for all students—new and returning, undergraduate and graduate. Awards vary in size and are administered through the UM Scholarship Portal. The portal is accessible to all accepted UM students and offers one centralized general application, regardless of a student’s major or program of study. This allows students to be matched with scholarship opportunities campus-wide as well as specific to the School.

Students who wish to be considered for Theatre & Dance awards must be accepted, declared majors or minors and must complete the online general application as well as the specific Theatre & Dance application by the deadline as found in the Portal.

Students log into the Portal using their NetID and password.

Returning Students in Theatre and/or Dance

Any and all current Theatre & Dance majors/minors are encouraged to apply. Complete the online application and prepare to upload the following additional items:

  • A one-page letter addressed to your program(s) (Dance, Design & Technology, and/or Performance & Practice) outlining your contributions to the School and your basic financial need. Please especially address:
    • Your choreography projects/roles/production assignments/dance performances/volunteer projects/school leadership from the end of last academic year through the end of the current academic year (June 2018-May 2019)
    • Ways you plan to give back to the University/community/state/nation/world through your art
  • An unofficial transcript from CyberBear

 If you are a major in more than one program, please complete letters that are specific to each area and upload them as a single multi-page document (you’ll still only need one transcript). 

New Students in Dance

Any and all incoming Dance majors/minors are encouraged to apply. Complete the online application and prepare to upload the following additional items:

  • A letter of intent that outlines your goals and aspirations in dance
  • Your dance resume
  • An unofficial transcript from your current high school or college/university
  • A recommendation from a dance instructor or collaborator
  • A link to or attachment of a video of your dancing (in class or performance)

New Students in Design & Technology

Any and all incoming Theatre majors/minors are encouraged to apply. Complete the online application and prepare to upload the following additional items:

  • A letter of intent that outlines your goals and aspirations in theatre
  • Your production resume
  • An unofficial transcript from your current high school or college/university
  • A recommendation from a theatre instructor or collaborator
  • 3-5 pictures of your theatre or related work with an explanation of what you did. Pictures could be production photos, showing something you built or designed; they could be of an art project/cosplay costume or prop/carpentry project/drafting/sculpture or anything that will show us how you work with your hands; a full design/technology portfolio or personal website is also acceptable.

New Students in Performance & Practice

Any and all incoming Theatre majors/minors are encouraged to apply. Complete the online application and prepare to upload the following additional items:

  • A letter of intent that outlines your goals and aspirations in theatre
  • Your performance resume
  • An unofficial transcript from your current high school or college/university
  • A recommendation from a theatre instructor or collaborator
  • A link to or attachment of a single 60-second monologue: the character must be close to your actual age and the monologue must be from a play written in the last 10 years

New Students in Multiple Areas

If you intend to major in more than one area, please complete letters that are specific to each area and upload them as a single multi-page document (you’ll still only need one transcript). Also upload all the additional resumes/information for each pertinent area as outlined above.