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12 Amazing Scholarships for Performing Arts Students

Jan. 30, 2013
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This article was last updated on Feb. 11, 2015.

Going to school for the performing arts can be an expensive proposition. If you’re an aspiring dancer, musician, actor, writer or behind-the-scenes crew member looking to bring down those costs, browse the scholarships below that we’ve picked out to help you do so.

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Donna Reed Performing Art Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for students who wish to pursue further studies in the fields of dancing, acting, instrumental, vocal or musical theater. Applicants need to submit an audio or visual and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.

Nellie Love Butcher Music Scholarship

Any students who are pursuing a course of study in voice or piano may be eligible for this scholarship, although preference is given to music students attending the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. To qualify, applicants need to receive a sponsorship letter from their local Daughters of American Revolution chapter.

VSA Playwright Discovery Award

Designed for middle school and high school students who can express their personal views through playwriting. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and submit a one-act play of less than 40 pages, incorporating the subject of disability.

Eugenia Vellner Fischer Award for the Performing Arts

Women who have competed at the local, state or national level of Miss America from 1988 to the present may be eligible for this scholarship, regardless of whether a title was won. All applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or master’s degree program in the field of performing arts.

Junior and Community College Performing Arts Scholarship

Full-time students attending a public junior or community college in Alabama may quality by demonstrating talent through competitive audition, regardless of financial need.

Aiko Susanna Tashiro Hiratsuka Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for students who are members of the Japanese American Citizens League and are studying performing arts at the college level.

Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is aimed at high school graduates or college undergraduates who are planning or are currently pursuing a degree at a college or university in the field of performing arts.

Vivian Klemz Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, administered by the Ventura County Community Foundation, is for undergraduate students pursuing an art degree program who are enrolled at an accredited art school, college or university. With preference given to female applicants, all who apply must have graduated from a high school in Ventura County, California, whether public or private.

Drama Merit Scholarship

Seeking high school seniors from Crawford County, Iowa, the Drama Merit Scholarship is looking for applicants who have acted in or have been part of a technical crew for a minimum of two drama productions.

Bruce Marson Memorial Scholarship

The Bruce Marson Memorial Scholarship is for high school seniors from Fairfax County, Virginia. Applicants must be interested in pursuing performing arts in technical theater production and have a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Florence Lemcke Memorial Scholarship in Fine Arts

Graduating high school seniors in Washington state can apply for this award to study fine arts as long as they have at least one parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who served in the military. The definition of fine arts, in this case, includes music, dance and drama.

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

Open to students in Iowa embarking on a career in visual or performance art, this scholarship rewards those graduating high schoolers who have excelled in their artistic endeavors. Winners must cultivate their talents near home, as the recipients are required to attend an Iowa college or university.

More ways to pay

The scholarships on this list are all great ways to help pay for college. But be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so you get other sources of financial aid, too. The FAFSA is the key to unlocking grants, work-study opportunities and even additional private scholarships. Learn more about the FAFSA.

Nishita Shetty contributed to this report. 

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