College of Visual and Performing Arts
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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Incoming theater students should contact the financial aid office first to apply for assistance. You must submit a current FAFSA form each year in order to be considered for financial aid or scholarships. Once accepted into the theater major, additional scholarship opportunities for incoming students may become available for those who audition and interview for the Theater Major prior to March 1. Merit-based scholarship applications for current theater majors are announced each semester.

Theater Scholarships

Friends of Theater Scholarships

The deadline for application submission is the Monday before Thanksgiving at 5:00pm EST.

Friends of Theater Scholarships are funded by private donations and ARTS by George!

Friends of Theater Scholarships will be awarded for the following Spring semester to students who excel in one or more of the following areas:

  • Performance (Acting, Directing, Musical Theater)
  • Design, Technical Theater, Stage Management
  • Theater Education, Writing, Dramaturgy or Leadership

Criteria

  • Eligible applicants must be current full-time Theater Majors or students pursuing the Theater Education Concentration, with a 3.0 GPA minimum, who demonstrate commitment to their craft.
  • A current FAFSA must be on file with Mason’s financial aid office in order to receive scholarship assistance. More information.

Application

Submit your complete application (Parts 1-4) via email to Kevin Murray, with subject line of Friends Scholarship.

Deadline for submission is the Monday before Thanksgiving at 5:00pm. Late applications will not be considered.

Part One: Please include the following information with your scholarship application, and complete Parts 1-3 below:

Name
G#
Concentration of Interest*

* Although you may list more than one area of interest, please submit only one application.

Part Two: Submit an essay. Describe how you demonstrate your personal and professional commitment to the artistic, technical, and/or educational discipline of Theater, as a student and as a member of your community. Cite examples of participation, volunteerism, leadership, and/or outreach, focusing primarily on the past year. Include your plans and intentions for the next several years.

Part Three: Briefly describe your financial need for scholarship consideration.

Part Four: Attach a current resume.

Howard Vincent Kurtz Theater Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established by former Theater Faculty Member Howard Vincent Kurtz and is awarded to a current full-time student pursuing a Degree in Theater with a Concentration in Design and Technical Theater within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The student must be a rising junior or senior and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

One $1000 scholarship will be awarded for the academic year.

To apply:

Submit all materials electronically to Kevin Murray,

Interim Director of the School of Theater, at kmurra3@gmu.edu,

using the subject line: Kurtz Scholarship Application

Email attachment or Google Doc preferred.

Deadline is June 1, 2020 by 11:59pm.

The application must include the following:

  • Name, G#, Major, Concentration and expected year of Graduation, followed by a one-page essay on the applicant’s post-graduation plans for a career or avocation in the field of technical theater or design for stage or screen;
  • Current contact information, including address, phone, and email;
  • Current cumulative GPA;
  • A statement of financial need
  • A current FAFSA is required to be on file with Mason’s Financial Aid office.     
The Mack and Paulette Miller Theater Scholarship Endowment

The scholarship is for undergraduate students pursuing a degree within the School of Theater. Applicants must demonstrate a contribution to service in and a spirit for improving the School of Theater community. Recipients must be full-time students, may be in-state or out-of-state students, and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

The Brower “BC” Spransy Memorial Scholarship Endowment

This fund supports students in the School of Theater in honor of Brower “BC” Spransy. Mr. Spransy had a long career as an engineer with the GSA and was also an amateur magician. His daughter, Martha S. Engle, and granddaughter, Samantha Engle Price, created the fund in his honor. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Theater. Preference will be given to candidates with active participation in improvisation, such as the Mason Improv Association or the creation of Devised Theater offerings, and especially one that incorporates magic, illusion, comedy, and/or similar elements in their performances.

General Mason Scholarships

Admissions Merit Scholarships

Mason awards millions of dollars in scholarships to incoming freshmen every year. These awards not only recognize strong academic talent and achievement, but also special talents and other personal characteristics, without regard to an applicant’s financial need.

All freshman applicants who apply by November 1 (the Early Action application deadline) will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships through the Office of Admissions and the Scholarship Committee. Students who apply Early Action are notified of their admissions decisions by mid-December, and the Scholarship Committee notifies students if they were awarded a scholarship no later than February.

University Scholars Awards

The University Scholars are selected from among the most outstanding students invited to the Honors College. This award is the highest academic distinction that Mason offers to undergraduate students and is given annually to top high school seniors admitted to the university. Each year the University Scholars Program enrolls approximately 20 new first-year students, each of whom receives a scholarship covering the full cost of tuition over four years. Students receiving this award have exemplary records of academic achievement, and they have demonstrated intellectual vision and creativity, the potential to solve problems and overcome obstacles, and a commitment to meaningfully contributing to their communities.

Applications must be submitted by November 1 to receive priority consideration for the scholarship. Prospective freshmen should check the appropriate box for "University Scholar" on their applications. For more information, please visit the University Scholars website.

Mason theater students on stage

The NIght Thoreau Spent in Jail. 2018

Financial Aid

For a comprehensive list of financial aid opportunities available to Mason students and applicants, please visit financialaid.gmu.edu.

If you’re interested in applying for financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the federal processor by March 1 of every year. It’s best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st of the preceding year because some fund types are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional  information, please visit How to Apply for Financial Aid or call 703-993-2353.

As an out-of-state student, and the youngest of three, my parents are feeling the financial strain of college. Anything helps, and scholarships have been a huge blessing that has allowed me to pursue a degree in what I love to do.

MacKenzie Cahill, BFA Theater Major, 2019

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