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Theatre & Dance Scholarship Opportunities for Current Students

At the departmental level, we administer 13 merit-based scholarships funds.  Typically, we award about 20 to 25 individual scholarships a year, ranging in size from $150 to several thousand dollars.  These awards are given to sophomore, junior, and senior majors in the Department of Theatre & Dance.  Applicants must have a current TopDollar application on file and must also complete the department application.  The department application is due in February and the department faculty select the recipients in March.  Rather than applying for any specific scholarships listed below, this is a general application for support. The department faculty then choose the appropriate fund for each student selected.  See the application for further details. 

Applications for the next round of department scholarships are due by: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at midnight.  You must complete the department application (linked above)  by this date.  Department of Theatre & Dance scholarship funds:

The Mrs. T.C. Cherry Scholarship
The O.V. Clark Scholarship
The Colonel Oscar Payne Cleaver Scholarship
The James Brown Scholarship
The D. Whitney Combs Scholarship
The Jackson Kesler Costuming Scholarship
The William Leonard Scholarship
The Russell H. Miller Scholarship
The Dance Educators Scholarship
The Joseph Levinoff Dance Scholarship
The Jeffrey Mildenstein Dance Scholarship
The Doris Owens Dance Scholarship
The Beverly Veenker Dance Scholarship
The Jerry E. Baker Dance Scholarship
The Jerry E. Baker Theatre Scholarship

University Scholarships and Financial Aid

Western Kentucky University offers a wide-array of scholarships, awards, and loans.  The WKU Office of Financial Aid should be your first stop in pursuing financial aid.  Students of WKU should also check the Office of Scholar Development for opportunities to support their research, travel, and creative endeavors.

Scholarships for Transfer Students

Transfer students should apply for a Transfer Base Awards.  These can be stacked on top of the GSA Target Award and Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship mentioned above, up to the cost of attendance. Check out the WKU Scholarships page for a comprehensive list of scholarships and policies.




Dog Sees God
Dog Sees God

Evening of Dance
Evening of Dance

Much Ado About Nothing 2016
Much Ado About Nothing

WinterDance 2016
WinterDance: Adventures in Toyland




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