Theatre and Dance

Special Departmental Scholarships and Awards

The following is a list of special departmental scholarships and awards given annually by Ball State's Department of Theatre and Dance to qualified students. Awards range from $600-$1500. Please take a look at the Scholarship Regulations and Contract form (PDF).

Faculty Award
Presented at the end of the spring semester to graduating senior theatre and dance majors, the recipients must have contributed significantly to the department during his or her tenure at Ball State and must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Awards are given to graduating students in all disciplines. Awards are in the amount of $300.

Edward S. Strother Scholarship
This scholarship was created to honor the contributions of Edward S. Strother during his forty-one years as a Ball State University faculty member. As author, scholar, teacher, administrator, actor, director, and constant friend of his colleagues and many generations of students, Dr. Strother may aptly be called "The Father of Theatre at Ball State University". The recipient of this award must have proved his/her commitment of the Department of Theatre and Dance Performace by actively participating in the department's production program. The recipient shall be selected solely on the basis of talent and be in good standing with the University. The chairperson of the Department of Theatre and Dance shall be solely responsible for selecting the recipient.

Gil Bloom Scholarship
The Gil Bloom scholarship recognizes Dr. Gilbert Bloom who served as a teacher, artist, colleague, and mentor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. During his forty-two years of service, Dr. Bloom taught courses in Theatre History, Acting, Directing, Introduction to Theatre, Technical Theatre, Children's Theatre, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism among others. As a director, Dr. Bloom's resume features over 50 productions directed at Ball State University. Additionally, Gil served as the lighting designer and scenic designer for an additional 30 productions on campus. Criteria for this scholarship includes:

  1. Student must be a major in Theatre with at least a 3.0 GPA
  2. Student must be active in the Production Program

Must be a continuing student with preference given to students entering their senior year.

Lynnette Jordan Schisla Scholarship
The Lynnette Jordan Schisla Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a faculty member who was with us such a short time but made a definite mark on the dance and musical theatre programs. In selecting a student to receive the award the criteria reflects Lynnette's belief in recognizing the versatile dancer who can perform in many styles of dance, as well as, varied performance venues.

  1. The student must be a dance major.
  2. The student must be recognized by the faculty as a versatile dancer who can perform in many styles of dance and in varied performance venues.
  3. The student must have demonstrated commitment to the Theatre and Dance department and support for the performance program.

Selection is made by the dance faculty and voted on by the dance faculty.

Alan C. English Scholarship
The Alan C. English Scholarship recognizes Dr. Alan C. English who served as a teacher, artist, colleague, and mentor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. During his twenty-five years of service, Dr. English taught a variety of courses in the fields of Acting and Directing at Ball State. As a director, Dr. English's resume features over 40 productions directed at Ball State University in a variety of theatrical styles and genres. Additionally, Al served as a trusted advisor and mentor to numerous student directors over his many years within the program. Criteria for this scholarship includes:

  1. Student must be a major in Theatre with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Student must be active in the Production Program.
  3. Students must be a part of the "Production Option" with preference given to those students interested in directing.
  4. Must be a continuing student with preference given to students entering their junior or senior year.

The selection is made by Dr. English and the Chair.

Donald E. Heady Scholarship
The Donald E. Heady Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a faculty member who was with us for over twenty-five years as a director, acting teacher, and artistic pioneer within the Department. Dr. Heady helped to created REFLEX, the Third Age Theatre Company, taught the first ever acting for the camera classes within the Department, and worked tirelessly to bring theatre to the mentally challenged. Application Criteria includes:

  1. The student must be a theatre major with a 3.0 GPA
  2. The student must either be an active member of REFLEX or have taken an active role in departmental activities and events.
  3. The student must have demonstrated commitment to the theatre department and the production program.

The selection is made by the Chair under the consultation of the Recruitment and Scholarship Committee.

James W. Hardin Scholarship
The Jim Hardin Scholarship was established to honor the memory of a faculty member who was with us for over twenty-five years as a theatre historian, director, and musical theatre admirer/practitioner.

  1. The student must be a theatre major.
  2. The student must be recognized by the faculty as a veratile performer of scholar who can perform in many performance genres.
  3. The student must have demonstrated commitment to the theatre department and the production program.

The selection is made by the Chair under the consultation of the Recruitment and Scholarship Committee.

Paul H. Robb Scholarship
Awarded at the end of the spring semester on an alternating year basis to an entering or continuing theatre or English student. A theatre student is the recipient in the spring of odd-numbered years for the following academic year. The award is presented to a deserving and promising student.

Kay Knight Choreography Award
Awarded to an upperclass dance major in recognition of merit. The recipient must have developed an exceptional body of work in choreography during his or her academic career reflecting inventiveness, clarity of idea, and a search for new challenges. The student's work should be a continuous process of choreographic endeavors presented in various performance opportunities available at Ball State.

Rookie-of-the-Year
Each year the department faculty recognizes a small group of first-year students for their exceptional contributions to the production program and to the department. The faculty believes the following five students helped to provide an example of positive leadership, strong work ethic, and incomparable dedication this year.

Alumni Scholarships
The Department is pleased to award three Alumni Recognition Scholarships in Theatre. Students who have exhibited potential in the classroom and in the department's Production Program are eligible for these awards. Funding is provided by the Alumni Association and the Department's Scholarship Foundation account. Further, one of these students each year will be granted this award because of their contribution within the area of digital media and film.

CFA DEAN'S Scholarship for Dance
Established by an anonymous donor in 2000, this permanently endowed scholarship is selected by the Recruitment and Scholarship Committee through consultation with the Chair and the Dance Faculty.

Psi Iota Xi Scholarship
Psi Iota Xi is a philanthropic organization founded in Muncie, IN in 1897. The organization devotes time and money to support projects in a community. These projects include the arts and work with children in the field of speech and hearing. This scholarship from Psi Iota Xi and the Department of Theatre and Dance is awarded every other year to a dance student.

Benefit Scholarships
Upperclass students with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above and who have established a record of active participation in the departmental production program are eligible to apply for an upperclass scholarship in Theatre and Dance. The selections are made by the Departmental Recruitment and Scholarship Committee in consultation with the Chair. Funding is provided by the Department's Scholarship Foundation account through the generous support of patrons who attended the annual "Spring Musical Benefit Performance" each year.

Department of Theatre and Dance
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Muncie, IN 47306

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