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Theatre Ensemble Scholarship

Scholars: Striving for Excellence in Theatre!


Theatre Ensemble scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate the potential to significantly contribute to the Theatre Department. Our scholarships range from $500 to $3000, depending on a variety of factors, and are renewable based upon academic standing and an acceptable level of participation in both theatre classes and productions. Each year you will be invited to (1) complete a Scholarship Renewal Form (2) meet with faculty to discuss your fulfillment of scholarship requirements. The faculty will review your application and notify you of renewal (or withdrawal) of scholarship funds within one month of the posting of all final grades via email. 

At Millsaps College we foster an academic theater program that integrates the breadth of general studies with theatre studies. Our focus is to train ensemble-based theatre artists in a liberal arts framework. We celebrate the importance of each individual and create an environment that embraces inclusion, adventure, risk, and respect for how integral each function is to the whole production process and performance event. We view our majors and scholarship students as theatre scholars who serve as role models and are empowered to take on positions of leadership and experience every aspect of creating an ensemble of theater artists.

To remain in good standing all theatre scholarship recipients must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Take one four-credit class in Theatre each academic year.
  • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in Theatre courses. If the GPA falls below this average the scholarship will not be renewed.
  • Attend all meetings called by the Department of Theatre or present an acceptable excuse (such as a class conflict) prior to the meeting.
  • Contribute to productions when not enrolled in a four-credit Theatre class.
  • Demonstrate a positive collegial attitude at all times.

Crew Assignments

All scholarship students must work on a crew or perform in a production whenever they are not enrolled in a Theatre class. Working from an ensemble-based theatre model, we believe students benefit from crew assignments that provide alternating theatrical experiences. Whenever possible, students will be given their preference of job assignment, but to provide a variety of experiences over the course of four years, responsibilities will be rotated.  Additionally, assignments will be based not only on student interest but also on scholarship amount and the needs of the department. All students receiving $1000-$3000 will serve as a stage manager or assistant stage manager at least once in their first two years at Millsaps College.

Possible Crew Assignments:

  • Costume: Construction & Wardrobe
  • Scenery: Construction, Painting, & Running Crew
  • Sound: Production & Operation
  • Lighting: Hang and Focus and Operation
  • Properties: Procurement, Construction, Running Crew
  • Business Operations: Ticket Sales, House Management, Publicity, Fundraising

Millsaps College provides numerous opportunities for students to develop their specific talents and explore new disciplines. As a Theatre Scholar we encourage you to consider how to prioritize your time wisely to fully experience college life. We must also remind you that your scholarship award carries a responsibility to serve as a positive role model for all students involved in Theatre. If at any time you find that your focus in theatre shifts, we fully support your choice to pursue other interests.  At that time, however, your Theatre scholarship funds will be awarded to a student with pursuing Theatre as a continued interest.   


For further assistance please contact Dr. Shane Grant.