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Theatre & Dance Scholarships for First-Time Students


We invite prospective students to apply for scholarship support through the Department of Theatre & Dance. You may apply for these scholarships if you will be a first-year or transfer student and you plan to major in the B.A. in Dance, the B.A. in Theatre, or the B.F.A. in Performing Arts. An audition or interview is a required part of the application process. Whether you audition or interview will depend on your area of study. Auditions can be done in-person or by video submission. Interviews can be done in-person or by Skype or Zoom.

Once you have completed the process, you may be selected to receive one of two scholarships:  

A Jerry E. Baker Foundation Scholarship

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.

Or

A Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship

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.

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.

 

Special Information for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

The deadline to apply for scholarships is Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Theatre auditions will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022, while Dance auditions will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022

 

Whether you plan to submit a video, interview online, or visit us on campus in February 2022, here’s where you begin the application process . . .

How to Apply


Step 1

Apply and be accepted to WKU by February 1st.

Please keep in mind that WKU must also receive your official high school transcripts by February 1, 2022 as part of this process.

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Step 2

Complete the TopDollar application by February 1st.

Every applicant must complete the TopDollar scholarship application. Please note, however that you must also complete our application contained in Step 3 below. 

TopDollar Application

Step 3

This step will vary depending on where you plan to focus your studies. Choose an area of interest below and we’ll explain what happens next. Deadline to complete this step: February 1, 2022.

All students interested in pursuing the B.A. in Dance need to audition for placement into the program.  Your audition at that time will also count as your scholarships audition. 

Step 4

Apply for Dance Auditions
Register

The musical theatre program at WKU is housed in the Department of Theatre & Dance.

Step 4

Apply to Audition
Apply

Audition

Audition in-person at WKU on February 5, 2022:


Submit an audition video by February 5, 2022.

The acting program at WKU is housed in the Department of Theatre & Dance. 

Step 4

Apply to Audition
Apply

Step 5

Audition

Audition in-person at WKU on February 5, 2022:


Submit an audition video by February 5, 2022.

If you are interested in costume design, lighting design, set design, sound design, technical direction, or stage management you will interview for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship.

Step 4

Apply to Interview
Apply

Step 5

Interview

Interview in-person at WKU on February 5, 2022:


Interview via Zoom by February 5, 2022.

If you have a general interest in theatre, or are interested in directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, or youth theatre you will interview for the Potter College Creative Arts Scholarship.

Step 4

Apply to Interview
Apply

Step 5

Interview

Interview in-person at WKU on February 5, 2022:


Interview via Zoom by February 5, 2022 :

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Also find information about other scholarships for first-year students and transfer students at WKU. 

 


 

 


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