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Theatre and Dance

Scholarships & Awards

Awards

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) - Winthrop students should check with ONCA for a wide variety of scholarships, competitive internships, grants, international study, etc.

Scholarships

Blair Beasley Directing Scholarship

Dean's Meritorious Scholarships

Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship

Martie Curran Endowed Scholarship in Theatre

Mary Howey Deckle Theatre Scholarship

Producers Circle Scholarships

The Rose Family/Concepts in Motivation Dance Scholarship

York County Ballet Dance Scholarship

Blair Beasley Directing Scholarship

Blair Beasley was on the theatre faculty from 1977 to 2001. His special interest was in directing and the teaching of directing. This interest inspired his former students and friends to establish with him a scholarship in his name. The faculty nominate a continuing student who shows promise in the field of stage direction for this $750 scholarship.

The 2015-16 Blair Beasley Directing Award nominee is Jasmine Gunter, a senior theatre performance major from Columbia, SC.

Dean's Meritorious Scholarship Awards 

These scholarships are given in amounts of $500 to $1000 and are available for students majoring in either theatre or dance. Decisions concerning these awards are made as a result an audition or portfolio review prior to enrolling at Winthrop. An award to an out-of-state student includes a grant to cover as much as $12,926 of out-of-state fees and are renewable for up to four years of award to students who continue to demonstrate a high level of achievement and active participation in the department's productions.

We are also now accepting Dean's Meritorious Scholarship Award applications through Acceptd.com.

On Campus Auditions:

January 23, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Johnson Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.
Application form (pdf - 176 KB).

February 20, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Johnson Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.
Application form (pdf - 176 KB).     

We will also audition students who will be entering in the fall of 2016 at the events below.
October 18, 2015        Charlotte Ballet Dance Festival in Charlotte, NC
October 22-25, 2015      New England Theatre Conference in Westford, MA  
October 30-31, 2015        North Carolina Theatre Association Auditions in Charlotte, NC
November 5, 2015    South Carolina Theatre Association Auditions in Greenville, SC
March 3, 2016   Southeastern Theatre Conference Secondary School Auditions, in Greensboro, NC
March 3-6, 2016       National High School Dance Festival Auditions in Pittsburgh, PA

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Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 2007 to honor the memory of Lyssa Rauch. The faculty award this $1000 scholarship to a rising senior majoring in Theatre Education who is actively involved in theatre with a secondary interest in vocal music, instrumental music, dance, or children's theatre. The recipient should possess the same contagious zest for life and personal courage embodied by Lyssa Rauch. Eligible students must apply for this scholarship (pdf - 104 KB) in order to be considered.

The 2015-16 Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship nominee is Roderick Freitas, a senior theatre education major from Fountain Inn, SC.

Martie Curran Endowed Scholarship in Theatre

This scholarship was created in 2006 by the Alumni Association to honor long-time Director of the Alumni Office, Martie Curran. The faculty nominate an outstanding continuing theatre major for this scholarship.

The 2015-16 Martie Curran Endowed Scholarship nominees are Erica Truesdale, a senior theatre performance major from Lancaster, SC
and Shivam Patel, a senior musical theatre major from Rock Hill, SC

Mary Howey Deckle Theatre Scholarship

This prestigious scholarship, which provides for the full cost of tuition and is renewable for up to eight semesters, recognizes outstanding achievement of full-time incoming students majoring in theatre. It was established by the estate of Ann Coleman Peyton in honor of her mother, Mary Howey Deckle. Ann Coleman's cousin, Emmy Lou Howey, attended Winthrop but perished in a car accident in 1950 before she was able to complete her final year of study. This scholarship honors Emmy Lou Howey and Mary Howey Deckle through the generosity of Ann Coleman Peyton. Further information on application please call the Admissions office at 803/323-2191

Producers Circle Scholarships

The department faculty awards this scholarship to theatre and dance majors who have established themselves in the program by being active in the department and who maintain at least a 3.00 GPA at the time of application. Scholarships range from $250 to $500 per year. Out-of-state scholarships include a grant to cover as much as $13,000 of out-of-state fees. Continuing students must apply in order to be considered. The department's faculty review all applications and make the award decisions. Current students should download the 2016-2017 Producers Circle information and application (pdf - 212 KB). The form is an editable pdf file. Download. Type in the requested information. Print it out. SIGN IT. Turn it in to the dept. office by the deadline.

The Rose Family/Concepts in Motivation Dance Scholarship

This scholarship provides a $500.00 award for students majoring in dance who demonstrate exceptional academic and artistic potential. First-year applicants must earn a minimum of 1000 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (or ACT equivalent). Applicants may be required to audition for the scholarship. This scholarship is renewable to upperclassmen who maintain a 3.0 grade point average only after there are no qualifying freshmen. First preference will be given to students from the Mid-Atlantic Region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.).

The 2014-15 Rose Family/Concepts in Motivation Dance Scholarship nominee is Bridget O'Connor, a senior dance education major from Quincy, MA.

2012 Winthrop Dance Repertory Theatre Touring EnsembleThe Winthrop Dance Repertory Ensemble touring ensemble poses after performing at a local school. 

York County Ballet Dance Scholarship

Formed in 1978, the York County Ballet (YCB) offers classes and performances for young dancers in the region. The company has toured internationally and has performed for many years at the Piccolo Spoletto Festival. YCB has maintained a close relationship with the Winthrop dance program for many years, and the company sponsors this scholarship to support excellence in dance at Winthrop University. The faculty nominates a continuing dance major based on academic excellence, contribution to the dance program and artistic promise for this annual $500 scholarship.

The 2015-16 York County Ballet Dance Scholarship nominee is Hannah Price, a junior dance education major from Greenville, SC.