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.

8303-Theatre General
Provides funds for the welfare, support and advancement of programs of the Department of Theatre.

8307-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. 

8308-Dance Theatre
Provides funds for the welfare, support, and advancement of dance theatre programs.

8316-Department of Theatre and Dance Showcase Programs
To provide financial support for the Department of Theatre and Dance's showcase programs in which students take part in original productions for agents, talent scouts, and industry professionals for course credit.

8318-Showcase Endowment
To provide financial support for the Department of Theatre and Dance's showcase programs in which students take part in original productions for agents, talent scouts, and industry professionals for course credit.

8360-Theatre Scholarships
To provide financial assistance to students enrolled in theatre degree programs.
-Freshman Scholarship-The recipient must be a freshman majoring in theatre or dance who displays talent and potential. 
-Upper-class Scholarship-The recipient must be a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Theatre or dance with a GPA of at least 2.7 and displaying active participation in departmental productions.

8361-Dance Scholarships
To provide assistance to students enrolled in dance programs through the Department of Theatre and Dance.
-The recipient must be a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in dance; minimum GPA of at least 2.7, and displays active participation in departmental productions.

8364-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:
-Student must be a major in Theatre with at least a 3.0 GPA
-Student must be active in the Production Program

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

8365-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.
-The student must be a dance major.
-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.
-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.

8366-Doug Jones Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University student in accordance with the stated preferences. 
-Incoming Freshman student pursuing a major within the Department of Theatre and Dance with a minimum academic index of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
-The scholarship is renewable for a total of four years if the student maintains a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

8368-Lindsey "Spike" VanDyke Scholarship in Lighting Design and Technology
The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences.
-Student pursuing a major in Theatre with the Design and Technology option
-Active participant in the production program
-Recipient should be a deserving student who displays dedication, enthusiasm, and love of the craft of lighting design and technology and appreciation of the vital, creative role it plays in the performing arts.

8369-Lou Ann Young Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences:
-A male or female dance major who has demonstrated outstanding talent in ballet
-An active participant in the Ball State Dance Theatre
-One recipient will be selected each year in the spring at the recommendation of the Dance faculty. The scholarship will be applied to the recipient's senior year of study.

8370-Dylan Louis Heintzelman Dance Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences
-Graduating senior majoring in dance
-Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
-Student who plans to pursue a career in dance after graduation
-Dylan was a mature and compassionate. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated these same qualities.

8371-Casazza Family Theatre Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences:
-Student pursuing a major in theatre
-First preference will be give to residents of Delaware County, Indiana. If Delaware County resident cannot be identified, the scholarship may be awarded to students from any geographic location.

8372-Martha DeLaurentiis Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences
-Junior or Senior pursuing a major in theatre with the production option.

8373-Dance Summer Study Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences.
-Dance major or minor studying dance at a summer workshop, intensive, festival, or other similar program at at location other than Ball State.

8376-Sutton Foster Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences.
-Active participant in the Department of Theatre and Dance
-Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
-First preference will be given to sophomores and juniors. However, if there are no eligible candidates, an award can be made to a senior.

8377-Shawger Scholarship
To provide scholarships to Ball State University students in accordance with the following preferences.
-Sophomore or junior pursuing a major in Theatre with the Design and Technology option
-GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
-Active participant in the production program

8378-Lynnette Jordan Schisla Dance Legacy Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to foster dance majors whose broad ranging versatility reflects the life, talent and creative vision of Lynnette Jordan Schisla in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University according to the stated criteria.
-Talented and creative students majoring in dance
-This scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the selection committee. Selection shall be made by the dance professors at Ball State University in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

8379-Hunden Musical Theatre Scholarship
The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to Ball State University students according to the stated criteria.
-Students majoring in musical theatre who demonstrate potential as a musical theatre performer
-Student entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year
-Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
-Must demonstrate need for financial assistance
-Selection will be at the discretion of department chair


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.

30102-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.

2552-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.

2551-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.

Department of Theatre and Dance
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Muncie, IN 47306

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