Department of Theatre Scholarships
Several scholarships are available to Theatre majors at Purdue. Incoming students complete a single application for all scholarships. For a copy of the application click here. To receive a hard copy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Continuing / returning students use this application. For more information, contact Professor Richard Sullivan Lee, Chair of the Purdue Theatre Scholarship Committee, at 765-494-3078 or email at email@example.com
*The type of Scholarship awarded to the theatre major applicant is chosen by the Scholarship Committer or the Faculty and Staff of Purdue Theatre. Please note that double majors must have the theatre major listed as their primary major in order to be eligible for a Theatre Department Scholarship.
Emerging Artist Scholarship
The Emerging Artist Scholarship was established in 2009, and is funded exclusively through contributions to the Purdue Theatre Guild.
Criteria: New or continuing theatre majors who have demonstrated exceptional skills, a positive attitude, and a strong, intrinsic work ethic.
Theatre Merit Scholarship
Established in 1977 to recognize the talent and merit of incoming Theatre Majors.
Criteria: Incoming theatre majors who have been actively involved in high school theatre programs and show exceptional promise.
R.B. and Lillian Stewart Scholarship
Established in 1962 by their friends and colleagues. Robert Stewart was former Treasurer and Vice President at Purdue University.
Criteria: Theatre majors with financial needs that are making a “very credible contribution as citizens.”
Marietta Stallard Kettlehut Memorial Scholarship
The Marietta Stallard Kettelhut Memorial Scholarship was established in December 1999 by Mary Ann Combs (BS 1954, History; MS 1991, Education) in memory of her mother, Marietta Stallard Kettelhut (BS 1927, CFS).
Criteria: Declared freshman theatre majors who have demonstrated academic excellence: renewable scholarship.
Dorothy Runk Mennen Scholarship in Theatre
Established in 2006 by alumni, colleagues and friends. Professor Mennen, distinguished alumna and award-winning educator, served as a role model for both students and teachers for more than 50 years.
Criteria: Merit-based scholarship given to upperclassmen (junior or senior with at least one semester of additional study remaining at Purdue) who have made outstanding artistic or carft contributions during their years of studying theatre at Purdue and who have provided notable support and encouragement of their fellow students.
Joe Stockdale / Ross Smith Theatre Scholarship
This scholarship was established in August 1999 by Peter and Hope Schneider, Robert and Caroline Brunner, and others in honor of Joe Stockdale and Ross Smith. Joe Stockdale was Professor of Theatre at Purdue for over 25 years and director of the LORT Purdue Professional Theatre Company. Ross Smith was a Purdue faculty member from 1942 through 1967 and became head of the Theatre Department in 1947. Professors Smith and Stockdale were the inaugural recipients of the Purdue Theatre Legacy Award. Smith served as co-chair of the Purdue Playshop with Stockdale, who co-founded the Purdue Professional Theatre Company.
Criteria: New or returning theatre majors who have demonstrated exceptional merit.
Alpha Chi Omega Scholarship
Criteria: For a student who will be a sophomore, junior, or senior in the year for which the scholarship is awarded. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for the previous semester. Selected on the basis of demonstrated artistic excellence either in visual or performing arts classes as a major or non-major or through participation in a campus arts organizatino. These organizations include, but a re not limited to, Theatre, University Bands, Purdue Musical Organizations, and Black Cultural Center groups. Selected by Committee.
To Apply: Applications are available during the spring semester. For an application, please e-mail Dr. Barbara Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org.
College of Liberal Arts Scholarships
The College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships for both beginning and continuing students. For more information, visit the CLA Scholarship website, or contact Barbara Dixon, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Administration, at 765- 494-3731 or email at email@example.com.
Purdue University provides a number of scholarship opportunities for students with outstanding merit. For more information about these scholarships, see the Purdue Office of Admissions.
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