Scholarships and Project Funding

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The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts offers scholarships to both new incoming students and current students. Current Theatre majors may also apply for project-based funding. Please see below for more information on annual and project-based funding for Theatre majors.


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Scholarships and Project Funding for Undergraduate Students

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The Department of Theatre currently has two scholarships available to new/incoming undergraduate students that may be renewed for a maximum of three years.

  • One $1,000 scholarship for a student interested in design, technology, or stage management.
  • One $1,000 scholarship for a student with any theatre interest who is a graduating high school senior from Ohio.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be accepted by Ohio State
  • Be a declared theatre major
  • Have a 3.5 high school cumulative GPA.

Application Requirements

  • Download and submit the Scholarship Application for Prospective Students
  • Interview with a representative from the department (The interview can occur before an application is submitted, and may take place on campus, over the phone, or at a recruiting event.) 2021 interviews may only be scheduled to take place over the phone or using Zoom.

Both the application and the interview must be completed by February 1 to guarantee consideration by the scholarship committee. Applications may be accepted after February 1 is scholarship funds are still available. Please contact theatre@osu.edu for more information.

Renewal Eligibility

  • Remain a theatre major
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Students receiving the design, technology, or stage management scholarship also must be certified annually by their faculty advisors that they are actively engaged in design, technology, or stage management.
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The Department of Theatre awards several one-year general-aid scholarships each spring to deserving students. Current and transfer students should complete the Scholarship Application for Current and Transfer Students in order to be considered for scholarships. The deadline for the general-aid scholarship application is February 1.

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The Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts provides small grants to support the research, scholarship, and professional development of current undergraduate students enrolled in the department’s major degree programs. Funds may support costs associated with internships, workshops, conferences, summer festivals, or other special projects.

Applications for Undergraduate Special Project Grants are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis. Download the Application for Undergraduate Special Project Grants for more information, and to apply. 

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Arts & Humanities Scholarship Opportunities

Students majoring in the Arts & Humanities are eligible for additional funding in research and travel.

Federal, State and Institutional Grants

A grant is gift assistance awarded through federal, state, or university funds to undergraduate students with high financial need. Information from the FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART), Ohio Grant Programs, and other university grants. To qualify for these grants you must demonstrate financial need as determined by the federal and state governments, as well as the university.

Federal Work-Study

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is a need-based program which provides jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to your course of study.

University Scholarships

Scholarships can come from different sources and have various awarding criteria. Ohio State offers numerous institutional scholarships for incoming freshmen and enrolled students. Ohio State students also receive a wide array of scholarships from external donors and outside resources.

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