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Scholarship Information

Students wishing to apply for a Theatre Scholarship must apply for UMBC undergraduate admission and must do an in-person audition or portfolio interview.  An acting audition is required for students applying to the BFA in Acting or BA Theatre Studies majors; a portfolio review is for those interested in the BA Theatre concentrations in design, stage management, & technical production.  During your scholarship day, the UMBC Theatre Department faculty will assess your artistic merit for the Linehan Artist Scholar Program and Fine Arts Awards.  You will have ample opportunity to interact with our faculty and current students, and tour our new Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

Linehan Artist Scholars Program
The Linehan Artist Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship, supported by a generous gift from Earl and Darielle Linehan, for students who enter UMBC as freshmen with a major in the arts. The Linehan Artist Scholars Program looks for students who distinguish themselves both academically and artistically. Scholarships range from $5,000-$22,000 per year, for four years. For best consideration, prospective students are encouraged to apply for admission to UMBC by the university’s early action deadline of November 1, clearly indicating a major in Theatre. In addition to the UMBC Common Application, students must submit a separate Linehan Artist Scholars application to be considered as a candidate for the program. The application and all supplemental materials must be received by January 15.

For more information about the Linehan Artist Scholar Program, go to:

Fine Arts Award
Fine Arts Awards are university scholarships granted to freshman and transfer students of outstanding accomplishment in all areas of theatre. Awards are for up to $2,500 and are renewed annually.

Scholarships for Upper-Classmen
The Theatre Department offers a number of scholarships for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Awards range from $500-$2000 for tuition, special research opportunities, summer study, etc.

Department of Theatre Scholarships and Awards

Theatre students majoring in all areas of theatre can apply for departmental merit
scholarships, for special research opportunities and summer study. Applications are available via links below:

Department of Theatre Scholarship – awarded to theatre students on the basis of academic accomplishment and service to the department. Awards range from $500 to $1,200 applied to tuition. Applicants must have been theatre majors for two semesters. Students apply in the spring semester. Scholarships may be received twice.

Alice M. Robinson Memorial Scholarship – This legacy scholarship was established by former Theatre Professor Alice M. Robinson to support a Theatre major or a student intending to major in Theatre.

Darrel W. and Dorothy J. Anderson Endowed Scholarship – This endowed fund was established by Darrel W. and Dorothy J. Anderson in honor of their families. The Scholarship provides some funds to support a Theatre major with financial need.

William T. Brown Shakespeare on Wheels Award – Awarded to theatre majors to attend professional workshops or seminars in their area of study in the United States or abroad.

Undergraduate Research Awards (URAs) provide up to $1,500 in support for recipients to work with a UMBC faculty mentor on an original project. A multidisciplinary faculty review committee chooses recipients on a competitive basis, and all fields of study are eligible to apply. As of Fall 2003, over 164 students have received funds totaling $228,650 through this program. Office of the Provost’s Undergraduate Research Web Site

How do I apply?