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Performing Arts Scholarships

The academic major of performing arts encompasses singing, acting, dancing and music within its domain. This highly competitive field offers extreme challenges but equally extreme rewards for those that make the grade. For the fields within this major you'll need creativity, stamina, patience, self-confidence and passion. Continue reading to find out more about this field and the performing arts scholarships available to help make dreams come true.

The exact nature of your performing arts degree program will depend on which of the arts you are specializing in. Obviously, the coursework for a dance major is going to be rather different than that of a singing or vocal arts major. This being said, there are some common features among the various art forms and their degree programs.

First, you will have to decide if you want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. These two offerings are markedly different both in their educational approach to the subject as well as the vocational outcomes they produce. BA programs study the individual performing arts from a liberal arts perspective. Conversely, BFA programs are designed to train degree candidates to be professional dancers, painters, actors and musicians.

Performance arts scholarships are available for all of the performing concentrations. Unfortunately, the most recent economic downturn has negatively impacted the amount of funding available for the arts. That isn't to say that no performing arts scholarships are available but rather that the number and amount of scholarships has been reduced.

A look at the employment outlook for the performing arts presents a somewhat bleak picture. Competition is fierce in these overcrowded fields and the pay is often criminally low. And that is for the few who are lucky enough to find work. But if you have the talent, perseverance, passion (along with a bit of luck) you could be the next Isadora Duncan, the next Pavarotti, the next Glenn Gould.

Explore the links below to learn more about performing arts scholarships.

Henry and Chiyo Kuwahara Creative Arts Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This scholarship was established to encourage creative projects that reflect the Japanese American experience and culture. All technical work of the applicant should be of the university level. Professional artists are not eligible to apply for this award.

Elizabeth Furber Fellowship

The Elizabeth Furber Fellowship will be awarded to an American Indian/Alaska Native woman graduate student studying creative fine arts, visual works, crafts, music, performing, dance, literary arts, or creative writing & poetry. Eligibility: Be an enrolled member of a United States federally-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group or possess one-fourth degree Indian blood from a federally-recognized tribe. Be enrolled full-time in a Masters, doctoral or professional degree program at an accredited college or university within the United States. Demonstrate financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) from the United States Department of Education and the office of the university you plan to attend. Application Procedure: Note: Application for the Elizabeth Furber Fellowship additionally provides eligibility for other American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) administered graduate/professional awards, especially the AIGC Fellowship. The possibility of an applicant being granted multiple awards by AIGC also exists, especially as regards smaller-amount awards. You need only complete one application. A completed AIGC Fellowship Application. Application forms can be downloaded at http://www.aigcs.org/fellowship-application/download_application.asp A 250-word typed essay as described in the application packet. A Financial Need Form (FNF) completed by the college or university financial aid office. A Tribal Eligibility Certification (TEC). Also for student in the field of literary arts, or creative writing & poetry.

Other Majors Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

Washington Scholarship for the Arts, the Horse and a Whole Lot More!

To be eligible: Must be currently enrolled or will be enrolling in a recognized art program within the current calendar year. GPA may be submitted; however, the scholarship will be awarded based on creativity and not with a focus on GPA. Supporting materials include: Describe, in whatever medium you choose, the creative journey that has led you to submit this application. You may submit this description in written, oral or an art media form of your choice (JPEG, audio, YouTube video, etc.). If you choose to submit a media file, please upload to Youtube.com or any other video-sharing website, copy and post link in the 'Student Essay Questions' portion of the application process. Letter(s) of recommendation (optional) Current, official transcript (optional) Statement of annual household income or Student Aid Report (from FAFSA). Preference may be given to applicants based on financial need. Financial aid award letter(s) or other scholarship awards (if applicable) Applicants apply online. Applications will be reviewed by The Race For Education Selection Committee. Finalists may be contacted for a personal interview. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Equine Art Committee. Inquiries about the scholarships may be directed to The Race For Education at (859) 252-8648 or info@raceforeducation.org

Eliza Chugg Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Television, Radio, Film & Theater * contributions and leadership in and to Theatre Arts Productions at SJSU

D.J. and Rose Nidetz Scholarship

Established to benefit a student studying the arts.Eligibility: Chosen field of study is the arts: art, music, theater, dance; involved in a Community Theater production with a current NIETF Theater.Deadline: June 15thApplication: Available on NIETF website www.nwindianatheatre.org

Thespian Scholarships

Thespians are eligible to apply for scholarship funds from two programs sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association. Each year, the Association grants at least $25,000 in scholarships. To be eligible for the Thespian scholarship program, you must be a senior in high school, an active member of the International Thespian Society, and planning to major or minor in communicative arts.

Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts offers assistance to students who are training for a ministry in the United Methodist Church in the areas of music, worship, drama, dance, visuals and other liturgical arts. Applicants must have been members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to application, giving strong evidence of Christian character and participation in Christian activities of the church and/or campus. Applicants must be full-time music degree candidates in an accredited university, college, or school of theology, or pursuing an education in worship or the arts related to worship. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional musical/artistic talent, effective leadership ability, and outstanding promise of future usefulness to the Church in the areas of music and/or worship. Attn: Scholarship PO Box 24787 Nashville, TN 37202 phone: 800-952-8977 or (615) 749 -6875

Other Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

Aiko Susanna Tashiro Hiratsuka Memorial Schp

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the undergraduate or graduate school level in the upcoming fall. This scholarship is awarded to a student studying in the performing arts. Professional artists are not eligible to apply for this award. Scholarship ranking are based upon an applicant's academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, personal statement and letter(s) of recommendation.

Melba Day Henning Scholarships

The four-year, $4,500 scholarship for future theatre educators; a $2,500 theatre educator scholarship; one $2,000 performance scholarship; and a number of $1,500 scholarships for education, performance, and technical theatre. Details and application forms are available through Thespian troupe directors beginning in February.

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