Marshall University
Department of Theatre
Tuition Waiver Scholarships for New Students:
Tier I: Nonresident
Tier II: Resident and Metro
January 2014

General Description

The Department of Theatre tuition waiver scholarships are intended to sustain a strong and diverse ensemble of emerging theatre artists at Marshall and to support promising students who have identified the entertainment industry as a career goal. These awards are limited to fall and spring tuition only and cannot be applied to books, fees, housing, travel, or on-line courses and summer secession tuition. Awards are made by the Department of Theatre Scholarship Committee on the recommendations of faculty and the approval of the department chair. All tuition and scholarship awards given by Marshall University are subject to the university budget, the availability of funds, the student’s total financial aid package, and final approval by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

General Information

  • Department of Theatre tuition waiver scholarships may be combined with other MU tuition-only awards not to exceed 100% of entry year tuition in combination with all other MU tuition-only awards
  • The dollar value of the tuition waiver made in the entry level year remains fixed for the life of the scholarship.
  • Awards are distributed evenly between fall and spring semesters.
  • Should a student change his or her major the award is rescinded in the semester the change of major becomes effective.
  • All scholarship offers require official acceptance to the university no later than the date indicated on the scholarship offer. Unaccepted offers are void after this date unless an extension is requested and granted by the chair.
  • All awards are subject to the availability of funds and review by the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for Tier I and II Tuition Waiver Scholarships

  • First year MU student not a current resident of West Virginia or the Metro area.
  • MU theatre faculty recommendation based on adjudicated audition and/or portfolio review in the junior or senior year of high school or the semester prior to entering the program.
  • Recommendation of the Chair.
  • Official acceptance by Marshall University with a declared theatre major in the College of Arts & Media. All offers are conditional prior to official acceptance to Marshall University.

Minimum Requirements for Renewal of Tier I, II Tuition Waiver Scholarships

  • Scholarships accepted by a first year MU student admitted with less than 26 credit hours completed may be renewed for up to six semesters beyond the first year of eligibility.
  • Scholarships accepted by a first year MU student admitted with 26 – 52 credit hours completed may be renewed for up to four semesters beyond the first year of eligibility.
  • Scholarships accepted by a first year MU student admitted with 52-70 credit hours completed may be renewed for up to two semesters beyond the first year of eligibility.
  • Significant and ongoing contribution to Department of Theatre productions and program activities.
  • Successfully completion of at least 26 credit hours each academic year

Additional Renewal Requirements (in addition to minimum requirements described above)

  • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the freshman year
  • Earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA by the end of sophomore and junior years
  • Maintain 3.0 GPA in theatre (THE) classes beyond the first year

Narrative

Candidate has demonstrated entry level skills in theatre arts and has good academic standing. Recipients of this award are encouraged to complete a scholarship application for additional funding and schedule a campus audition or portfolio review and interview.

Tier I: MU Campus Audition or Production Portfolio Review – Non-Resident Tuition Scholarship

Award Amount – $1,000 – $9,000 Eligibility (in addition to minimum requirements described above)

  • On-campus or SETC audition or portfolio review in the academic year prior to entry
  • ACT composite score 21 or higher (SAT score between 980 and 1070 CR and M)
  • High School GPA 2.75 or higher
  • Performance or theatre production resume
  • Complete scholarship application submitted and approved

Additional Renewal Requirements (in addition to minimum requirements described above)

  • Maintain 3.0 GPA in theatre classes (THE) beyond the first year
  • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the freshman year
  • Earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA by the end of sophomore and junior years

Narrative

Candidate demonstrates the potential to make a significant contribution to the MU theatre program and to enter the entertainment profession at a competitive level upon graduation. In addition to faculty evaluation of the audition and campus interview, considerations may include: high school GPA, leadership, professional references, related experience and training, citizenship, travel, community activity. Awards are made by the Department of Theatre Scholarship Committee on the recommendation of faculty and the approval of the department chair.

Tier II: MU Campus Audition or Production Portfolio Review – New Student Scholarship: Metro and WV Resident)

  • Award Amount – $1,000 – $3,000 Eligibility (in addition to minimum requirements described above)
  • On-campus audition or portfolio review in the academic year prior to entry
  • ACT composite score 21 or higher (SAT score between 980 and 1070 CR and M)
  • High School GPA 2.75 or higher
  • Performance or theatre production resume
  • Complete scholarship application submitted and approved

Additional Renewal Requirements

  • Maintain 3.0 GPA in theatre classes (THE) beyond the first year
  • Earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA by the end of the freshman year
  • Earn at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA by the end of sophomore and junior years

Narrative

Candidate demonstrates the potential to make a significant contribution to the MU theatre program and to enter the entertainment profession at a competitive level upon graduation. In addition to faculty evaluation of the audition and campus interview, considerations may include: high school GPA, leadership, professional references, related experience and training, citizenship, travel, community activity. Awards are made by the Department of Theatre Scholarship Committee on the recommendation of faculty and the approval of the department chair.