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Marshall Anderson, chair
Linda Allegretti, academic department associate
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Campus Wide Scholarships

Applications for campus wide scholarships can be found at:

Incoming Freshman Scholarship Day

Theatre/Dance Department Scholarships

Read all scholarship criteria carefully - some scholarships require you to submit additional materials or fill out a separate application. 

General Theatre/Dance Scholarship Application 
Gene & Anne Wilson Scholarship Application
Ken Lempart Directing Scholarship Application

Scholarship/Award application forms may be picked up in the spring in the Theatre/Dance office and filed with the Theatre/Dance office by the scheduled due date. Awards are presented at the Theatre Banquet.

For additional information, please contact the Theatre/Dance department at 262-472-1566 or stop by our office in the Center of the Arts room 2076.


  • The candidate must have been active in the theatre or dance program and have at least a sophomore standing during the school year the award is made.
  • The recipient must enroll at UW-Whitewater and be active in the theatre or dance program in the year following the award.
  • The scholarship will be made with no consideration as to the sex of the recipient.

Normally, there will be awards given each year, for the following:

  1. OUTSTANDING ALL AROUND STUDENT based on his/her participation in all areas of the departmental activities. Typical award amount: $1200.00
  2. OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE as evidenced by the quality of his/her acting in a variety of roles. Typical award amount: $500.00
  3. OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ABILITY as evidenced by his/her participation in a variety of technical areas excluding the area of costuming. Typical award amount: $500.00
  4. OUTSTANDING ABILITY IN THE AREA OF COSTUMING as evidenced by his/her work in this area. Typical award amount: $500.00
  5. OUTSTANDING ABILITY IN THE AREA OF DANCE as evidenced by his/her performance in this area. Typical award amount: $500.00


  • Current freshman who will be continuing at UW-Whitewater.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0
  • Significant participation in activities of the department
  • Typical award amount: $250.00


This award is given to a theatre major on the basis of excellent scholarship and outstanding performance and/or service in their activities.Typical award amount: $650.00


  • An award given to a theatre major/minor involved in theatre management/promotions with a minimum grade point of 2.5. Typical award amount: $250.00.


  • Upperclassmen of a junior or senior status during the spring term of application will be considered.
  • In the case of juniors, they must be continuing their program and/or participating with the department the following fall (a non-major who is very active is to be considered). In the case of seniors, consideration will be contingent upon their entrance into a graduate program in theatre and subsequent enrollment the following fall.
  • An overall minimum grade point of 3.0 must be met for consideration.
  • On-going significant and valued artistic accomplishments must have been demonstrated in one or more of the following areas: Performance, directing, technical and design, or theatre management.
  • Eligible candidates will be evaluated by the standing faculty of the theatre/dance department, with final selection being based upon the highest examples of excellence and achievement during the years of the student's participation and study in the department.
  • Personal qualities should be taken into account, i.e., the individual's ability to work with and get along with others, sense of humor, dedication and commitment standards, self-discipline, etc.
  • As with all awards based on excellence and achievement, it is conceivable that a year might pass without this scholarship being granted. It is also conceivable that the same person would be the most eligible candidate for two years running, which is to be permitted and encouraged.
  • Typical award amount: $600.00


This $200.00 award will be given to a sophomore theatre major who has demonstrated outstanding theatrical potential and a commitment to academic excellence with a 3.0 grade point average or above.


Students may submit materials independently. The award is available to any student registered for a theatre course for credit during the academic year. Any types of revised or finished writing which represents a student's best critical and/or creative writing skill will be considered. Examples might include research papers, essays, expository writing, criticism or original creative writing including play-writing. Students may submit materials independently, or their work might be recommended by a faculty member. Typical award amount: $400.00


  • The award is intended to be given annually, depending upon the availability of qualified applicants.
  • The applicant must be an upper-division theatre education student (junior/senior standing).
  • An application form must be submitted.
  • Applicants are expected to be well-rounded in the areas that comprise the theatre education major (i.e. performance, technical).
  • The applicant must have a GPA in Theatre of at least 3.0.
  • Typical award amount: $1000. May be divided between two or more recipients


(Separate Application)

  • The GPA requirement is a 3.25 in theater classes and a 2.75 overall GPA.
  • The recipient shall have distinguished himself or herself both academically and by displaying strong potential for a successful career in theater.
  • The applicant must have demonstrated substantive work in all aspects of theater department production.
  • Preference will be given to theater majors entering their senior year with consideration also given to theater majors entering their junior year.
  • Preference will be given to tech/design students. If no tech/design student qualifies, consideration will be given to all other theater majors.
  • Typical award amount $1500.00-$1900.00. May be awarded to more than one recipient.


  • The scholarship will be given to a student with superior achievement with a 3.0 GPA in the Theatre/Dance department and a 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Departmental award given to Theatre/Dance major/minors at end of their sophomore, junior or continuing senior year.
  • A student who has consistently demonstrated superior achievement in any area of the department.
  • Typical award amount: $750.00. May be divided between two or more recipients.


All students registered as a major or minor in the theatre/dance department should be given consideration for the annual McNally Management Award. The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • The candidate must attend instruction at UW-Whitewater the following fall semester. In the event that the candidate is graduating, they must continue post-graduate theatrical education at a credited school the following fall semester.
  • Hold a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00
  • Successfully Stage Managed or Assistant Stage Managed a main-stage theatre/dance department production within the past 12 months in which monetary compensation was not provided.
  • Write a 150-200 word response describing the single-most important thing learned from the recent experience and why it's important in the business of stage management.
  • Write a 200-250 word response on the following topic: "Stage Management - The Art Within the Art".
  • Show future promise as being successful in the entertainment industry.
  • Submit all theatre/dance department scholarship paperwork by the required due date and time.
  • Typical award amount: $500.00

If there are no candidates that successfully meet this criteria, the award shall not be given out. The next annual award will consist of $500.00 plus any funds from preceding years in which the scholarship had not been given out.

If the candidate chooses not to continue their education at UW-Whitewater or a post-graduate school, the candidate must re-pay the full scholarship amount that was granted, which will be applied to the scholarship amount the following year.


  • Students will be considered for the scholarship if they will be continuing as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior theatre major in the following fall semester.
  • Students applying for the scholarship must submit a completed application that includes:
    1. A nominating letter of support from a Theatre/Dance Department faculty or staff member,
    2. A resumé of theatre design and related work,
    3. Portfolio examples representative of the student's design work, and
    4. A recent Academic Record (AR) verifying overall GPA.
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher. (Once this threshold has been met, GPA shall not be a factor in further consideration of applicants.)
  • The following factors shall be considered in evaluating the relative merit of applicants and in making final decision:
    1. The chief criterion to be considered in evaluating applicants shall be how much the design work of each applicant illustrates his/her genuine promise as a designer in the theatre,
    2. Additional criterion to be considered shall include:
      • the applicant's work ethic in achieving the designs and the applicant's pursuit of excellence in the work.
      • the applicant's positive contribution toward the study and production work of the Theatre/Dance Department.

Any and all design areas in theatre shall receive equal consideration. On a yearly basis, at the adjudicators' discretion, realized work may or may not carry more weight than project designs.

    1. No consideration of race, sex, religion or economic need will be used in determining the award.
    2. The selection committee shall be the Theatre/Dance Department Design/Technical faculty and staff.
    3. Typical award amount: $800.00 - $1000.00


In honor of Anna Brueggeman

  • GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Student of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  • First semester senior or below
  • Employee of Whitewater Park and Recreation Dance Program
  • Submit responses to these short answer questions to the Theatre/Dance Department, Office 2076 Greenhill Center of the Arts.
  • Financial need should not be taken into consideration as the scholarship should be given to the most qualified and dedicated individual.
  • Scholarship should be used for further education.
  • Award amount: $350.00