Scholarships

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Thank you for your interest in JSU Theatre and Film scholarships.  Each year we award thousands of dollars in scholarships to our talented, hard-working students. Scholarships are awarded through an audition and portfolio review process.  

Scholarships are only available for students with a major in Drama or Film.

Applications open October 1 and are due by Feb 1.  This year's scholarships for incoming students will be held virtually, please see below and the application for details.  

Scholarship Application

Once you are on the scholarship page, Click Competitive Scholarships and then search either Theatre or Film for the link to the application.  We also administer the Jan Rhodes, Larry Miles, and Robert Thompson memorial scholarships.  

What to prepare

For all scholarships you will prepare a resume of theatre or film related experience to upload for the application, please submit as a pdf. All video materials should be submitted as links to either YouTube or Vimeo.  

If you have questions about any aspect of the audition process or what materials to prepare, please don't be shy!  Email us at theatrefilm@jsu.edu with any questions at all.  Remember, we are rooting for you to succeed.  

Students interested in the Performance concentration should prepare the following to upload for their audition.

  • A current resume of theatrical and related experience

Along with your resume you will submit self tapes for your audition.

  • A one minute comic monologue
  • A one minute serious monologue
  • A one minute video essay detailing your interest in studying theatre at JSU.  You may include a discussion of a favorite play/actor/director.  Tell us what inspires you creatively!
  • OPTIONAL: a one minute song

Students interested in pursuing the Production concentration should prepare the following to upload with your application. 

  • A current resume of theatrical and related experience

 You will submit a video presentation of

  • A portfolio of technical and design work for theatre which may include other artwork that is relevant
  • A one minute video essay detailing your interest in studying theatre at JSU.  You may include a discussion of a favorite play/actor/director.  Tell us what inspires you creatively!

If you need assistance in determining what to bring for your portfolio, don't hesitate to contact us using the Request Info form below.  

Students majoring in Film should prepare the following to upload with your application.

  • A current resume of film and related experience

You will also submit either

  • A three minute original short film or upload a three page original short film script.
  • You will also upload a one minute video detailing your interest in studying Film at JSU.  You may include a discussion of a favorite film or filmmaker.  Let us know what inspires you creatively!