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Scholarships

The Department of Theatre Arts awards several types of scholarships. Applicants may receive other financial aid through the University, but the entire amount of financial aid (including scholarships) cannot exceed the cost of attendance established by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

 (Dates and specifics will be loaded onto website in September, 2015 to apply for 2016-2017 academic year.)

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The Excellence in Fine Arts Award (EFA)

The EFA scholarship (in the form of tuition assistance) is awarded only to outstanding and promising incoming freshmen who declare a major in Theatre Arts and register for a minimum of 12 semester hours. It is renewable for the recipient's entire four years, assuming he/she retains the theatre arts major and maintains a cumulative 2.00 GPA overall and a 2.75 GPA in the department. EFA's are awarded to promising and dedicated students in one of the following areas: teacher certification, performance, technical/design, directing, generalist, history/literature or undecided. The award is paid in increments at the beginning of each semester.

The Talented Student Award (TSA)

TSA scholarships (in the form of tuition assistance) are awarded to promising and dedicated students. The student must be a declared Theatre Arts major or minor. The award is made as a block grant at the beginning of each semester. Although a TSA is seldom awarded to entering freshman, exceptions are possible for outstanding individuals. TSA candidates must have at least a 2.5 overall GPA and a 3.0 or higher Theatre GPA. TSA's are awarded to promising and dedicated students in one of the following areas: teacher certification, performance, technical/design, directing, generalist, history/literature or undecided.

The Gerald E. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to junior or senior declared Theatre Arts majors on the basis of outstanding contributions to the Department of Theatre Arts and potential for success in a theatre career. Must be an Illinois resident enrolled as a full-time student.  Awards are determined on the basis of applications and recommendations in the spring prior to the awarding of the scholarship. The awards committee may elect to grant two awards (pending availability of funds).

Glendon Gabbard Theatre Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student accepted to Eastern Illinois University as a declared Theatre Arts major. The recipient shall have an overall 3.0 GPA. Award amounts are determined by the value of interest received from the scholarship endowment. The recipient shall be eligible for, and receive, the award again provided she/he continues to meet the stated criteria. Recipient is selected in the spring prior to the starting of the scholarship for fall semester.   No application, recommendations or interview is needed.   Department will determine who is eligible for the award.

The Marjorie Ingram Griffin Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student accepted to Eastern Illinois University as a declared Theatre Arts major seeking teacher certification. The recipient shall have an overall 2.5 GPA and a class standing of freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at the time the scholarship is paid. The scholarship may be received more than once as long as the criteria is met.   Award amounts are determined by the value of interest received from the scholarship endowment, and the recipient is selected on the basis of application and recommendations received in the spring prior to the starting of the scholarship for fall semester.

The Grant in Aid Award (GIA)

The GIA scholarships (in the form of tuition, service fees and/or room and board assistance) are awarded to promising and dedicated students who agree to work in the department office. The award is made as a block grant at the beginning of each semester.   Recipient must be enrolled at EIU as a full-time Theatre Arts major or minor with a 3.0 GPA in Theatre Arts and an overall GPA of 2.5.   Recipient must be actively working in the department and remain academically eligible under grant-in-aid rules of the academic area in which the award is given. The GIA is renewable from one year to the next as long as recipients maintain their grades and the quality of contributions to the department. Contact Damita Lewis at (217) 581-5918 for more information on the award.

Watson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
in Memory of Dallas, Hazel and Leland Watson

Established in 2001, this scholarship serves as a memorial for Charleston residents Dallas and Hazel Watson, and their son, Leland. It recognizes the Watson family's lifetime interests and careers in business (Dallas), Republican politics at the local, state, and national levels (Hazel) and theatrical lighting including technical lighting for 42 Broadway productions (Leland). This is a traveling award with Theatre Arts allowed to give the award every 3 years. Recipients must be a full-time or part-time student at EIU majoring in Theatre Arts with a preference to the area of lighting, their overall GPA must be 2.5 or higher,  they must display a financial need, they must demonstrate a high quality of character, they must be an Illinois resident with priority given to a Coles County resident who qualifies.  DON'T FORGET TO PREPARE (IN ADVANCE) A ONE PAGE, PERSONAL LETTER STATING WHY YOU ARE APPLYING AND YOUR FUTURE GOALS IN A SAVED FILE AS NOTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE APPLICATION.

General Instructions and Forms

To receive most of these awards, applicants must be full-time students with a declared major or minor in Theater Arts. Auditions/interviews for awards are normally held in the spring semester for the following fall semester awards. For more information, applicants are encouraged to call 217-581-3121; email theatre@eiu.edu or write: Department of Theatre Arts, Eastern Illinois University, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920.

Applicants for multiple scholarships should ask recommenders to send a separate recommendation form/letter of recommendation for each award. Wording changes are not required.

Recommenders may submit recommendations by downloading the recommendation form, completing it and sending it via the "Submit" button at bottom of form. Recommenders can also mail or fax responses to the address/FAX number on our main webpage. If you have any problems submitting the forms, please contact the Theatre Department.

CHANGE BACK TO BLACK PRINT (take out Color: #ffffff) AND MOVE TO TOP OF PAGE WHEN OFFERED AGAIN 2015 - 2016 Excellence in Fine Arts (EFA) Scholarship: Applications and recommendation forms must be in the Theater Arts Office (DFAC 2080) no later than 4 p.m., Feb. 27, 2015, with mandatory audition/interviews Saturday, March 6, 2015, by appointment. We will contact you with an appointment time after February 27 2015. At the interview/audition, applicants will present two one-minute monologues of contrasting nature along with 16 bars of music if they would like to include that talent. Those interested in the technical aspect of theatre should bring a portfolio with pictures and/or examples of work. Applicants should also be prepared to discuss their part in productions. Application and Recommendation Form (need 3 recommendations) can be found on the link below. Please read the qualifications for the award in the description below. If you have difficulty finding or using these forms, please email our office at theatre@eiu.edu.

2015-2016 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES:

2015 - 2016 Talented Student Award (TSA) Scholarships: Applications and recommendation forms must be in the Theatre Arts Office (DFAC 2080) no later than 4 p.m., April 3 2015 with mandatory auditions/interviews by appointment the week of April 6, 2015. We will contact you with an appointment time after April 3. At the interview, applicants should be prepared to present a technical portfolio with pictures and/or examples of work they have completed. Applicants should also be prepared to discuss their involvement with productions. Applicants must be a Theatre Arts major or minor, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and a theatre course GPA of at least 3.0.

2015 - 2016 Grant-in-Aid Award (GIA): Applications and recommendation forms must be in the Theatre Arts Office (DFAC 2080) no later than 4 p.m., April 3 2015 with mandatory auditions/interviews by appointment the week of April 6, 2015. We will contact you with an appointment time after April 3.

2015 - 2016 Gerald Sullivan/Marjorie Ingram Griffin/Watson Memorial Scholarships: Applications and recommendation forms must be in the Theatre Arts Office (DFAC 2080) no later than 4 p.m., April 3, 2015. There are no interviews or auditions required for these scholarships and decision will be made by a committee based on the information you provide and the recommendations received.

Application and Recommendation Form (need 3 recommendations) can be found on the links below.

If you have difficulty finding or using these forms, please email our office at theatre@eiu.edu.