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Theatre Program Recruiting Scholarships

For students entering in the Fall of 2023 or Spring of 2024:

The Department of Theatre & Dance is fortunate to be able to offer recruiting scholarships from the two funds listed below. These scholarships are for incoming students planning to major in Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design & Technology or any other aspect of Theatre.

Prospective students will be able to audition and/or interview in-person, on Zoom, or by video submission.


On-campus Theatre Program auditions and interviews are scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 2024.


We do not require an audition prior to beginning the B.F.A. – Performing Arts degree. These auditions are only for scholarship support. This is a little different from other B.F.A. programs, we know. For a full explanation of why we choose to do it this way, go here.


Scholarship Funds

Awards will be made from two different funds:

Jerry E. Baker Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships may range anywhere from $500 to several thousand dollars. The award amount is typically split between the fall semester and spring semester of your first year. To be eligible you must maintain full-time status. There may be additional stipulations depending on your major. These are one-time awards, although you are welcome to apply in future years for Scholarships for Current Students.


 Potter College Creative Arts Scholarships

These scholarships can range between $1,000 and several thousand dollars per year and are renewable for four years (8 semesters total). Terms for renewal include full-time status at WKU, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and declaring and making reasonable progress toward an approved arts major.  Students awarded a Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship through the Department of Theatre & Dance must take at least 9 credit hours per academic year in the major in order to maintain reasonable progress in the degree. Transfer students are not eligible for this scholarship.


Additional Information

Potter College Creative Arts Scholarships are also awarded in other disciplines such as Art, Music, Film, and Creative Writing. For more information on these scholarships go here.

For more information about Governor's School for the Arts Targeted Scholarships go to First-Time Freshmen Scholarships. 

For information about university-wide scholarships go First-Time Freshmen Scholarships and Transfer Scholarships

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 Last Modified 9/21/23