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Theatre and Dance Scholarships|Department of Theatre and Dance

Scholarship Guidelines


PHILOSOPHY

The scholarship program is designed to assist the outstanding student of theatre and dance financially and to attract him/her for study at the University of Wyoming. Scholarship students should consider themselves as undergraduate departmental aides who contribute to the theatre and dance program here at Wyoming through requisite work on productions and within the department as a whole.

For information on scholarship work responsibilities, see Scholarship Responsibilities.

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REQUIREMENTS

Theatre and Dance scholarships are awarded for one (1) full academic year and may be awarded (based on reapplication and renewal) for a total of four (4) academic years, or eight (8) semesters.

Theatre and Dance scholarships are awarded to students who meet the following six criteria:

  1. Major in Theatre or Dance.
  2. Maintain an overall cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
  3. Make suitable progress toward the degree goal (i.e., the student must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours per calendar year).
  4. Fulfill assigned scholarship responsibilities for departmental productions satisfactorily.
  5. Attend all scholarship meetings.
  6. Audition for all main season productions, which will help further the theatre and dance experience for the scholarship student. Exceptions will be made for technical/design students and theatre majors auditioning for a dance production and vice versa, unless the choreographer or director posts audition requirements to the contrary. Students may request to reject a role by petitioning a fact-finding panel, which shall consist of two faculty members and three elected scholarship students.

  1. Failure by the student to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all courses.
  2. Failure by the student to fulfill his or her production responsibilities as a scholarship student (see Requirements above and the Student Handbook.

For more information about how scholarship recipients are assessed and scholarship revocation, see Scholarship Student Assessment.


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REAPPLICATION

All scholarships will automatically become open at the end of each academic year. Therefore, anyone who wishes to obtain a scholarship for the following academic year must apply each spring at a time specified by the faculty. An effort will be made to fill approximately 25% of the scholarships with incoming freshmen or students transferring from other colleges.

An audition or portfolio interview will be required of all students. The audition/interview will take place in the spring semester before the entire theatre and dance faculty. Please see How to Apply for more information.

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SCHOLARSHIPS AND WORK-STUDY

Students awarded scholarships are NOT encouraged to hold Work-Study positions. If, due to financial necessity, a scholarship student must supplement his/her earnings with Work-Study hours, scholarship requirements and responsibilities must be claimed first and Work-Study hours second. Students may NOT fulfill scholarship commitments with Work-Study hours.

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SCHOLARSHIP MEETINGS

All Theatre and Dance scholarship students must attend all scholarship meetings unless they have made previous arrangements with the appropriate designer or technical director. Arrangements must be made at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled meeting. Scholarship meetings are crucial to the scheduling and the organization of the student's time and to the production.

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