School of Theatre Arts

Scholarships & Talent Awards

Talent Awards

Illinois Wesleyan is again considered one of "Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges." We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships based on talent and/or academic performance.  Students planning to major in the BFA in Acting, BFA in Design and Technology, BFA in Music Theatre or BA in Theatre Arts programs will be considered for the Alumni Fine Arts for Theatre Scholarships or the Alumni Fine Arts for Music Scholarships. These scholarships are renewable for four years and are awarded on the basis of a combination of auditions or portfolio evaluations and high school academic performance.  Awards can range up to $30,000 per year.

Awards are renewable for four years as long as the student's GPA is at or above 3.0, and in the case of Talent Awards, as long as the student continues to contribute to the Theatre program in a meaningful way.

trojan women

Trojan Women, Fall 2011

The Theatre Technology Scholarship

This scholarship is for students who are not a major or minor in Theatre but are interested in continuing with their technical theatre skills and interests.  The $1,000 per year scholarship is available through competitive portfolio interviews and is based on the overall technical needs of the School of Theatre Arts. Acceptable portfolio items may include: light and sound plots, paint elevations, costume renderings and prompt books from theatrical productions, photographs, schedules, paper work, programs/posters, sewing projects, sketches (hand or computer), craft and properties projects, design boards, research or other evidence of your artistic abilities.

Candidates should also have knowledge of or experience with power tools.

Recipients of the scholarship are required to be involved in one major production per semester in one of our shops or on a crew assignment (total of 60 hours per semester). Awards are renewable for four years as long as the student's GPA is at or above 3.0.


For more information regarding this scholarship please contact Maxwell Johnson in Theatre Recruitment via email or phone (309) 556-3944.


12 Ophelias

12 Ophelias (a play with Broken Songs), February 2014

In addition, the University offers need-based grants and loans to qualifying students. For more information on financial aid, see the Admission Office.

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