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Directions for Students to enter Scholarships@UW-Madison:

Simply go to: https://scholarships.wisc.edu/StudentApp

The Department of Theatre and Drama is a collaborative community of artists, scholars, faculty, staff, and students - aiming to achieve the highest level of excellence in their teaching, learning, research, creative endeavors and outreach to the community and state. 

Many of our scholarships are available for both graduate and undergraduate students.

If you have any questions, please contact Melinda Menard at mel.menard@wisc.edu.

Application Information

There are TWO SEPARATE TIMES in which Scholarship applications open up within the Department:

  • Fall Semester Application Process - for those scholarships that are given to THOSE WHO GRADUATE in the SPRING SEMESTER OF THE CURRENT YEAR.
  • Spring Semester Application Process - for those scholarships that are given to those students who are returning in FALL OF THE FOLLOWING YEAR and MUST  be enrolled as a UW student on the UW campus for that  Fall Semester.
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Scholarships for this Program

Scholarships Descriptions
This fund was established on February 9, 1973 as a request within the Last Will & Testament of Charline M. Wackman dated October 19, 1961. Mary Brabyn Wackman was Charline¿s mother who preceded her death by some years. These scholarships...
This fund was established on February 9, 1973 as a request within the Last Will & Testament of Charline M. Wackman dated October 19, 1961. Mary Brabyn Wackman was Charline¿s mother who preceded her death by some years. These scholarships were established for students in the performing arts related to theatrical production.
Wisconsin resident; graduate and undergraduate; show evidence of significant participation in speech and drama; good academic standing
The Fund was established September 30, 1978 by Mrs. Florence Eldridge March to honor her late husband Fredric March. It is available to graduate and undergraduate students who have achieved outstanding accomplishments as a Theatre & Drama major
The Fund was established September 30, 1978 by Mrs. Florence Eldridge March to honor her late husband Fredric March. It is available to graduate and undergraduate students who have achieved outstanding accomplishments as a Theatre & Drama major
Undergraduate or graduate; outstanding accomplishments as a Theatre & Drama major
This scholarship is awarded to talented students in "Technical Theatre", preferably in scene design, but not limited to that.
This scholarship is awarded to talented students in "Technical Theatre", preferably in scene design, but not limited to that.
undergraduate, focusing in any area of technical theatre
This fund was established March 8, 2012, as a permanent endowment to students in a field which has been kind and satisfying for Dennis Dorn and many of his friends and colleagues.
This fund was established March 8, 2012, as a permanent endowment to students in a field which has been kind and satisfying for Dennis Dorn and many of his friends and colleagues.
Students entering their senior year and who will not graduate prior to the forthcoming fall semester; pursuing courses in the area of theatre technology and production; good character and a demonstrated commitment to the department's program of fully-mounted production
Full Compass signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Wisconsin Foundation to establish this scholarship fund. The goal for this scholarship program is to "Keep the Arts in Wisconsin" and to help support those continuing their arts education.
Full Compass signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Wisconsin Foundation to establish this scholarship fund. The goal for this scholarship program is to "Keep the Arts in Wisconsin" and to help support those continuing their arts education.
Undergraduate students with the intention to pursue or have declared a major in Theatre & Drama; Preference for 1st or 2nd year WI resident
Helen Herman graduated from UW-Madison in 1925 and was a high school English teacher for 41 years, devoted to student drama and performances. This scholarship is for full-time students majoring in Theatre and Drama.
Helen Herman graduated from UW-Madison in 1925 and was a high school English teacher for 41 years, devoted to student drama and performances. This scholarship is for full-time students majoring in Theatre and Drama.
Undergrads, graduates, and fellows; Full-time students majoring in the department; Academic ability, need, extracurricular activities, especially dramatic performance
This scholarship is available to juniors for work during their senior year. a major in Theatre and Drama is not required, but special consideration will be made for individuals with character and possible success in the theatre.
This scholarship is available to juniors for work during their senior year. a major in Theatre and Drama is not required, but special consideration will be made for individuals with character and possible success in the theatre.
undergraduate junior,
Available to graduating Graduate and Undergraduate students, to be gifted before the end of the 2nd semester.
Available to graduating Graduate and Undergraduate students, to be gifted before the end of the 2nd semester.
Graduate, undergraduate, special consideration for seniors Special consideration for seniors with outstanding contributions to the Department of Theatre and Drama
This fund was established in 2002 as a result of the Last Will & Testament of Margaret Emma Williams dated October 19, 1998. Margaret was a treasured teacher at Madison East High School.
This fund was established in 2002 as a result of the Last Will & Testament of Margaret Emma Williams dated October 19, 1998. Margaret was a treasured teacher at Madison East High School.
graduate and undergraduate students with significant contribution to the diversity and outreach programming; preference will be given to students of color
The Fund was established March 28, 1990 by Richard L. Loring and Eric David Loring to honor Richard's late wife and Eric's mother, Marjorie (Midge) North Loring. Available to Undergraduate female students majoring in Theatre and Drama
The Fund was established March 28, 1990 by Richard L. Loring and Eric David Loring to honor Richard's late wife and Eric's mother, Marjorie (Midge) North Loring. Available to Undergraduate female students majoring in Theatre and Drama
female, undergraduate, majoring in Theatre and Drama
Available to deserving Graduate or Undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Theatre and Drama
Available to deserving Graduate or Undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Theatre and Drama
Graduate or Undergraduate enrolled in Theatre & Drama
In May of 1971, the Phi Beta - National Professional Fraternity for the Creative and Performing Arts established this fund to the departments of Music, Theatre, Communications Arts, and Communicative Disorders.
In May of 1971, the Phi Beta - National Professional Fraternity for the Creative and Performing Arts established this fund to the departments of Music, Theatre, Communications Arts, and Communicative Disorders.
Sophomores (not necessarily a theatre major)
Available to outstanding Graduate students majoring in Theatre and Drama studying within the area of Theatre.
Available to outstanding Graduate students majoring in Theatre and Drama studying within the area of Theatre.
Graduate student studying within the area of Theatre.
This fund was established in September 2004 with a gift from Jane Kaczmarek. Ms. Kaczmarek is a 1979 graduate of the School of Education with a degree in Theatre and Drama. She established this scholarship to honor Professor Robert Skloot,...
This fund was established in September 2004 with a gift from Jane Kaczmarek. Ms. Kaczmarek is a 1979 graduate of the School of Education with a degree in Theatre and Drama. She established this scholarship to honor Professor Robert Skloot, one of her professors in the Theatre and Drama Department.
Graduating seniors with sense of history, social justice, and a sense of humor. Special considerations for those that are actively involved in the betterment of others and society.
This fund was created on August 23, 2006 to be a permanently endowed scholarship fund which is shared between the Department of Communication Arts and the Department of Theatre and Drama. Applicant should be pursuing courses in radio, television,...
This fund was created on August 23, 2006 to be a permanently endowed scholarship fund which is shared between the Department of Communication Arts and the Department of Theatre and Drama. Applicant should be pursuing courses in radio, television, film, speech, and drama
Graduate and undergraduate; pursuing media courses including speech and drama
Scholarships marked with FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions in the list above require a completed Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for awarding decisions. To learn more about applying for financial aid, please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid website.