Support your dream.

In addition to Valparaiso University’s generous need-based aid and merit awards, the theatre department is pleased to offer several scholarships each year to incoming theatre majors. The awards are given based on an interview and either an audition (actors) or portfolio review (directors/technicians).

Award Overview

  • At least $1000/year for four years
  • Awarded to select incoming first-year students who pursue theatre as a first or second major
  • Interested students must participate in auditions/interviews (see below)
  • Renewable by maintaining a theatre major with a 3.0 GPA in theatre classes

Application Procedure

For more information about scholarships and to apply, interested students should contact

The scholarship competition is annually in the first or second week of February. Interested students must apply and be admitted to Valparaiso University prior to their interview and demonstration of work. The scholarship results are announced on or before March 1.

On-Campus Interview

All applicants complete an interview with members of the department. Participants should bring:

  1. A letter of recommendation from a high school teacher who is familiar with the student’s work in theatre
  2. A resume or portfolio summarizing the student’s theatre participation
Demonstration of Work

All applicants will also demonstrate their work, either through a live audition or through a review of their portfolio.

Prospective students interested in design, technical production, and directing should bring materials documenting their work. These will be reviewed with the student during the interview.

Prospective students interested in acting should prepare either:

  • Two contrasting monologues of 1-2 minutes each, or
  • One monologue and one song. Students choosing this option must provide their own musical accompanist. Dance numbers are welcome but not required.
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