Please note that the number of scholarships offered by the School of Theatre and Dance is limited and is dependent upon outside funding sources. Other scholarships and awards may become available through Illinois State University Foundation grants or other sources. For more information visit the website of the ISU Financial Aid Office.
These scholarships are generally granted to continuing theatre teacher education majors, who are evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, production work and service to the School. They are granted for one semester, although students may reapply every semester.
Suzzanne Douglas attended Illinois State prior to a 30-year and continuing career as a successful television, cinema, and stage actress. Balancing career and family, Suzanne completed her degree in theatre from Illinois State University in 2011. She is a two-time Image Award winner, and she received a Black Oscar, a Reel Award, and the Mary Martin Award for her professional work. Suzanne established this scholarship to support a student majoring in theatre at Illinois State. Preference will be given to an African-American student from a single-parent family with demonstrated financial need. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
This endowment was established in 1993 by family, friends, and colleagues of Jean Scharfenberg. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating student, either a senior or MFA candidate, majoring in acting. Candidates must demonstrate talent, discipline, and good work habits, attitude, performance work, and scholarship. Funds are to be used to defray costs involved in beginning a professional acting career.
Funded by a bequest from Caroline Gordon, longtime staff member of the School of Theatre and Dance, this cash award is granted to an upcoming senior who has shown outstanding commitment to the School.
The origin of the name "Blackfriars" dates back to the 13th Century. They were bands of hooded monks who presented shows from portable stages. The name "Blackfriars" was adopted by the ISNU Chapter, Kappa Lambda, when it was founded in 1934. The purpose of this fraternity was to present annual, humorous stage productions of the highest possible type on campus. The members wrote, produced, performed in, and built scenery for these productions. The Blackfriar organization provided a social atmosphere before the fraternity system was established on campus until it disbanded circa 1964. The Blackfriar scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student with a major or minor in Theatre that has completed at least two semesters of coursework. Assets of this endowment are invested in the Illinois State University Endowment Investment Pool.
Funded by the Family of Norman J. Funk, Jr., this award honors the memory of this Theatre major and his passion for acting.
These scholarships are made available through the efforts of the Friends of the Arts organization. They are generally granted to continuing theatre majors, who are evaluated on their academic achievement, production work and service to the School. They are granted for one semester, although students may reapply every semester.
These scholarship cover partial costs of tuition and/or fees. This renewable award is granted to incoming students who have declared Theatre Teacher Education as a first major and continue to meet the scholarship criteria and policies. Scholarship awards are made to outstanding students as determined by a scholarship interview. Interview dates for scholarship consideration are:
This scholarship is funded by the family and friends of the longtime scene shop supervisor who taught and mentored Theatre production students for more than two decades.
Since 2000, Theatre of Ted (an independent Registered Student Organization) has been raising funds for a special scholarship that has been fully-endowed. This scholarship has been given out each year since 2013 to a student or students who exemplifies their motto “Dare to Suck”. This motto encourages taking creative risks in any any art form, but especially in theatre. This scholarship is open to all majors. Applications for the Dare to Suck Scholarship are available each spring from Theatre of Ted. Deadline for the application is April 1st