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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.

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.

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States. Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee. PROCEDURES Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget. TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate. TIMETABLE Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.

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 college level. 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.

Fine Arts Grants

The Fine Arts Grants are awarded biennially in two categories, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. The next Performing Arts awards will be given in instrumental Music (Stringed instruments only: violin, cello, double bass, harp, and classical guitar) and the next Visual Arts award will be given in Painting (all media). A maximum of one $5,000 first place grant, one $3,000 second place grant, and one $1,000 third place grant may be given in each category, and will be paid over a two year period. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and complete the applications in full. Grants are intended for a graduate degree program or an extensive in-depth project which would enable the applicant to grow professionally. Alpha Delta Kappa members are eligible to apply. Applicants shall not have received an International scholarship or grant from Alpha Delta Kappa within the past two years. Previous first place winners are ineligible.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships

Provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Fund for promising young scholars with commendable research projects related to the Museum's collections, as well as for distinguished visiting scholars from this country and abroad who can serve as teachers and advisors and make their expertise available to a catalogue and refine the collections. Usually a fellowship will be given for a maximum of one year, most of which should be spent at the Metropolitan Museum. Applicants should have received the doctorate or have completed substantial work toward it. Fellowships for senior scholars are also available for as short a term as one month. Each fellowship will typically be one year in duration with the possibility of renewal for up to two additional years. Whenever possible, applicants to this program should have reached an advanced level of experience or training. Previous training and experience is not required for applicants in Asian Art Conservation.

Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship

Grants are available to college students pursuing education in theatre arts. Scholarships of up to $1,000 are awarded annually to individuals who by his/her own contribution to theatre have demonstrated ability, talent, and dedication to the theatre arts. The applicant shall meet the following criteria: must be enrolled full time in an accredited college or training program, with preference given to theatre arts majors, and must have worked in Grand Rapids area community theatre. An interview is required for finalists.

$100,000 College Tuition Scholarship

We are the corporate offices of the Barbizon Modeling and Acting Centers. Every other year, we award one person a full tuition college scholarship valued up to $100,000. We pay directly to the college for the tuition. To date, we have awarded over $1M in scholarships. Visit: www.barbizonmodeling.com/scholarships for more info. We would like to post this on your site so that people have the opportunity to enter. No purchase necessary. It is a random drawing.

Robert L. Johnson/Hector S. Cruz Scholarship

Four-year, $2,000 scholarship for acting or technical theatre. Details and application forms are available through Thespian troupe directors beginning in February.

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.

Jhon Marshall/ITO Scholarships

Selections are made based on contributions of talents and service to the positive image and ideals of educational theatre and the International Thespian Society. Nominations may be submitted by teachers or students. Students must be graduating seniors, and are not required to attend Festival to receive the scholarship. Final interviews will be conducted over the phone. Scholarship recipients will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward college. It is not required that the student continue in theatre arts.

Bob and Marti Fowler/Practical Theater Scholarship

For a student pursuing an education major in theatre in college.

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