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META Sponsored Scholarships

Michigan Thespians will be offering scholarships for graduating seniors who plan to major or minor in Theatre or Communication Arts.  Students who are not active members of the International Thespian Society are not eligible for scholarship consideration.  There is a $10 fee per student to enter the Thespian Scholarship Competition.  


Each director can nominate a maximum of two seniors in this scholarship competition.  However, each school can nominate only one student per category.  For example, the School “B” director decides to have Bill Shakespeare compete in PERFORMANCE and Susan Smith to compete in the TECH category.  Bill and Susan could not both compete in Performance or both compete in Tech. 




  •  A non-renewable scholarship of $500 will be awarded to (10) Michigan Thespians as recommended by an independent judging panel.

  • Following Festival, the Festival Director will forward a list of the winners to the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) home office.  Disbursement of all monetary awards and all future contact about the scholarship will be handled by the Educational Theatre Association.  Recipients will be expected to document proof of enrollment in a recognized school, college, or university’s theatre or communication program.

  • Failure to complete enrollment or withdrawal from school negates this scholarship and the grant will not be awarded.

  • Recipients will have until July 1, 2022 to claim their scholarship.

Deadline November 13th

questions contact Anne-Marie Roberts at

This scholarship was created to honor Tom Suda, who was a great supporter, educator, judge and friend of the Michigan Educational Theatre Association. His positive energy embodied the core values of the EdTA and Michigan Thespians: working together, recognizing people matter, striving for excellence, and being the type of person others want to work with.   This scholarship honors one Michigan student who also shares these values.  Each school can nominate only one student. Unlike other scholarships, the student you nominate DOES NOT need to study theatre after high school.  The scholarship will be announced at the closing of Festival.  The awardee will receive $500, which will be sent to the school or educational institution of their student’s choice, to help advance their education.
The application form for this scholarship should be selected and completed by the school’s director only--not the student.

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