Tuition at The University of Akron is among the lowest in Ohio 

Financial assistance is available in many forms: 

  • generous scholarships
  • grants
  • loans
  • part-time employment

In addition to general scholarships available to all students at The University of Akron, the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration offers several scholarships specifically for its majors.

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Theatre Scholarships for outstanding high school seniors or newly declared theatre majors

High school seniors or newly declared theatre majors are eligible to apply for scholarship funds sponsored by the Theatre program in the School of Dance, Theatre and Arts Administration, College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Akron.

The applicant must be a senior in high school or already enrolled at The University of Akron, an active participant in performing arts activities, and planning to major in the Theatre Arts program at The University of Akron.The applicant should demonstrate leadership qualities, the ability to effectively work as a member of a production team, strong character, academic ability, organizational skills, and experience in different aspects of theatre arts.

Scholarships are available for students specializing in performance/applied theatre and those specializing in design/technical theatre. Some smaller scholarships may also be distributed. Scholarships will be awarded by the Theatre Program full-time faculty in consultation with the School Director.

Scholarship criteria

  • At the time of application, the student must be an outstanding high school performing arts senior or a student at The University of Akron or a transfer student.
  • All applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent).
  • The applicant must have applied to The University of Akron as a prospective theatre major and been accepted or have declared a theatre major.

Application requirements (for high school seniors)

  • A résumé including production and performance participation, leadership positions held, and academic achievements.
  • A copy of the student’s high school transcript.
  • An essay describing the characteristics of an exceptional theatre artist and how the applicant’s accomplishments qualify him or her for the scholarship.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s high school advisor and/or drama director detailing the characteristics that qualify the applicant for the scholarship.

The process

The process includes a scholarship audition/interview conducted at The University of Akron or at the Ohio Thespian state conference in March.

Awards granted are for one academic year with the possibility of renewal. Students must meet all requirements listed in the application. Details and application forms are available through the Theatre Program’s website starting February 1.  The deadline for applications is March 15.

Scholarship application submission checklist

  • Application form
  • Applicant essay
  • Applicant résumé and transcript
  • The University of Akron acceptance status
  • High School advisor or director recommendation
  • Applications must be received at the Theatre Program Office by March 15, and notification of awards will be made by May 1.

After completing the scholarship application, please email or mail your submission to Professor James Slowiak from The University of Akron's Theatre Program. 


Mail: James Slowiak
        The University of Akron
        School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration
        Akron, Ohio 44325-1005

For questions or more information about the UA Theatre Program or scholarships, contact James Slowiak.

Scholarship Application Form