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Theatre Scholarships

Twelve scholarships, covering 50% in-district tuition, activity fee, registration fee and additional course fees (the waiver does not cover books or supplies) for up to two academic years of full-time enrollment including a maximum of two summer sessions or for a period of time needed to complete the requirements for an associate degree (whichever is shorter) are available to incoming freshmen and second year renewal students pursuing a Theatre Arts major.

The scholarships are awarded on a semester basis. If enrollment is interrupted during the two-year period, the recipient must petition the Financial Aid Appeals Committee for continuation of the scholarship.

To be eligible for a scholarship and to renew the scholarship the student must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a resident of District 505 in Illinois.
  2. Have a high school degree or GED.
  3. Be a first-time Parkland College attendee.
  4. Meet the admission policies of Parkland College and enroll as a full-time degree-seeking student.
  5. Declare and be actively pursuing completion of a credential in the Theatre Arts program.
  6. Complete a minimum of 24 semester hours each academic year, including at least one theatre class and THE107 each semester, and participate in all scheduled scholarship student tech calls
  7. Satisfactorily fulfill the “Work/Experience Agreement” and have a successful semi-annual evaluation.
  8. Maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) starting from the semester the scholarship is awarded/accepted.
  9. Provide three hours of service in the Theatre Arts program per week, per semester outside of coursework.
  10. Provide .25 hours of service per week to the Theatre Arts program per credit hour when using the scholarship for summer session credits.
  11. Apply for the Illinois Monetary Award Program by completing a “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” (FAFSA). The application form is available at Parkland College Financial Aid Office or area high schools. If the student qualifies for an Illinois Monetary Award, the Theatre Scholarship will be awarded honorarily and will provide supplemental monies, if needed to ensure that tuition, activity fee, registration fee, and additional course fees are covered at 50%.

Selection:         By Parkland professional committee. You may be invited for an interview
                        prior to selection.

Deadline:         Though applications are accepted on a rolling basis, preference is given to applications received by:
                        For Spring Semester:   November 15
                        For Fall Semester:       April 15
Notification:    Decisions for Spring Awards are announced after November 15 and within one month after application thereafter.
                        Decisions for Fall Awards are announced after April 15 and within one month after application thereafter.

Applications:  Get Theatre Scholarship Application here. The form may also be obtained from: Parkland College Financial Aid Office U-290 (217-351-2222, fax: 217–373-3807) or the Fine and Applied Arts Department C 120 (217-351-2402).

For more information contact:
The Department of Fine and Applied Arts at 217-351-2402, email