Winthrop University: CVPA - Theatre and Dance - Scholarships & Awards
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Dept. of Theatre & Dance
115 Johnson Hall
Rock Hill, SC  29733, USA
803/323-2560 (fax)

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Theatre and Dance

Scholarships & Awards


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

Scholarship Information

On Campus Auditions:

Feb. 22, 2020

10:00 a.m.

Johnson Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill SC
Application form  (pdf - 176 KB)

Nov. 4, 2019, Jan. 10, Feb. 7, March 6, & April 10, 2020

2:00 p.m.

CVPA Open Houses 
Application form (pdf - 176 KB)
We will also audition students who will be entering in the fall of 2020 at the events below.
Oct. 29, 2019       Dance West Virginia Jackson's Mill WVU Extension
Oct. 27, 2019       Charlotte Ballet Dance Festival in Charlotte, NC
Nov. 15-17, 2019   SCAHPERD in Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 15-17, 2019   South Carolina Theatre Association Auditions in Florence, SC
Nov. 23, 2019      North Carolina Theatre Association Auditions in Greensboro, NC
Feb. 26-March 1, 2020   Southeastern Theatre Conference Secondary School Auditions, in Louisville, KY
Feb. 26-March 1, 2020              National High School Dance Festival Auditions in Pittsburgh, PA


Theatre and Dance Scholarship Opportunities

    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 2019-2020 Blair Beasley Directing Scholarship nominee is Makala Becker from Summerville, South Carolina.  

    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 $14,080 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

    This scholarship was created in 2007 to honor the memory of Lyssa Rauch. The faculty award this $675 scholarship to a rising senior majoring in Theatre Education, majoring in Theatre and minoring in Education, or a 5th year MAT student majoring in Theatre Education. They should also be 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 2019-20 Lyssa Rauch Memorial Scholarship nominee is Maddie Willard from Summerville, South Carolina. 

    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 2019-2020 Martie Curran Endowed Scholarship nominee is Emma Townsend from Sumter, South Carolina.

    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 contact the Department office at 803-323-2287.

    This 2019-20 Mary Howey Deckle Scholarship nominees are Elijah Koch from Fort Mill, South Carolina and Neifert Cornejo-Ordoñez from Rock Hill, South Carolina.

    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 $14,080 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. Producers Circle information and application (pdf - 210 KB). The form is an editable pdf file. Students should download this file, fill out the requested information, print out a physical copy, sign it, and turn it in to the dept. office by the deadline.

    June McDuffee founded The Carolina Copy Cats in 2007. They perform about 30 lip-synched shows annually featuring the vintage music that is most recognized by senior audiences. The Copy Cat volunteers are at least 50 years of age. Proceeds from these performances fund the Carolina Copy Cats June McDuffee Scholarship that is awarded to a York County resident majoring in dance or theatre. For more information about joining or contributing to the Carolina Copy Cats, contact Jo Remmey at  

    The 2019-2020 Carolina Copy Cats June McDuffee Scholarhip nominees are Nykira Allen from Rock Hill, South Carolina and David Ward from Fort Mill, South Carolina.

    This $500 scholarship was created by the City of Rock Hill in recognition of the dance program's continued contribution to the annual ChristmasVille celebration. The Winthrop RockHettes have charmed audiences for many years as part of the ChristmasVille parade and as featured performers in the kick-off ceremonies. The faculty nominate an outstanding continuing dance major who has participated in Winthrop RockHettes.

    The 2019-2020 City of Rock Hill ChristmasVille Dance Scholarship nominee is Emmalee Bradley from Rock Hill, South Carolina.

    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 2019-2020 York County Ballet Dance Scholarship nominee is Kylah Gunter from Elgin, South Carolina.


Last Updated: 6/5/20