College of Visual and Performing Arts
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Scholarships and Financial Aid

Merit-based scholarships are available to current theater majors. Incoming theater students should contact the financial aid office to learn more about scholarship opportunities. Once accepted into the theater major, additional scholarship opportunities for incoming students may become available.

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


  • 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.


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:

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 Howard Vincent Kurtz and is awarded to a current full-time student pursuing a degree in theater with a concentration in the areas of design and technical theater within the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The student must be a junior or senior and will qualify on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid by the deadline date in order to determine eligibility for this scholarship. One $1000 award for academic year.

The application includes the following:

  • 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 name, address, phone, email and G#;
  • Current cumulative GPA;
  • A statement of financial need (current FAFSA required to be on file with Mason’s Financial Aid office).     

All applicants must submit scholarship application materials electronically through the Financial Aid system. Applications are available beginning in the Spring Semester via the Financial Aid website.

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

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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