Awards, Grants, Scholarships, and Honors
Financial Awards and Honor Recognition
Each year, Oregon Thespians awards, grants, and scholarships opportunities honor the achievements of individuals and theatre programs, providing award-winners with the financial support to attend Association events or further educational endeavors.
Awards are presented in recognition of notable accomplishments by individuals or theatre programs.
Grants are one-time financial awards presented to individuals or troupes to attend Oregon Thespian events such as the State Festival.
Scholarships are presented to students to cover tuition and fees, typically based on a combination of merit and career goals.
All student scholarships can be accessed via EdTA's AcademicWorks application. Contact Anita Hoffman, Scholarship Committee Head, for additional scholarship information.
Troupe Director Awards
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY FOR TROUPE DIRECTORS
Thanks to the Melba Day Sparks Henning Scholarship Fund (for information on this and other student scholarships, click here) funding is available for Troupe Directors to attend the annual EdTA Conference.
The 2020 EdTA Conference is in St. Petersburg, FL – October 1-4, 2020.
To apply for this funding, answer the following questions as completely as possible in outline or essay form and submit the additional material as requested with your complete contact information.
Please tell us about your current teaching assignment; subject(s) and location.
Number of years at this school.
What is the school’s philosophy toward training students in theatre?
What festivals, competitions or conferences has your school attended/participated in during the past three years?
What honors and awards has your drama department received in the past three years?
List the professional theatre organization affiliation of faculty and the school.
Please provide the following letters:
A statement from you as to how you will use this award and how you will share material you gain from the conference.
A letter from your principal regarding your theatre program, its impact on your community, and its role in the total curriculum of your school.
Mail these materials by March 15 (postmark deadline) to:
Tigard, OR 97223
Contact Larry Daw at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Each year, Oregon Thespians inducts a new member into the Oregon Theatre Educators’ Hall of Fame with the Melba Day Sparks Henning Award.
The MELBA DAY SPARKS HENNING AWARD is given each year as a career achievement award to adults who have extraordinary service with Oregon Thespians or Oregon high school theatre.
Troupe Directors are invited to nominate both Thespian and non-Thespian adults who have made exceptional contributions to the growth of theatre and theatre education in Oregon. It is Oregon’s Theatre Educator’s Hall of Fame. The award is given each year at the conclusion of the State Conference. Honorees are nominated by their peers, other adults familiar with the nominee, or by the nominee’s students and sent to a screening committee made up of past honorees. If there are no nominations the committee will seek out potential honorees.
In addition, the Oregon Theatre Educators’ Association recognizes theatre educators with several awards as well. Individuals and organizations can be nominated at the same online site listed above. Click here for more information on those awards.
THE ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 15.
Go to THIS LINK and sign in or create your AcademicWorks account to apply.
Oregon Thespians offers a growing number of scholarships for current senior students, to help fund their continuing theatre and theatre-related education.
Scholarships are awarded at the State Thespian Festival. Recipients must be inducted members of the International Thespian Society.
ONE online application can be used to apply for the following Scholarships:
OREGON THESPIAN SCHOLARSHIP – Open to all Oregon Thespians
MELBA DAY SPARKS MEMORIAL AWARD – Oregon Thespians’ Premiere Scholarship Award
ALAN J. ADAMS TECH SCHOLARSHIP – To honor specific interest/achievement in Technical Theatre
MICHAEL HIBBARD SCHOLARSHIP – To support Future Theatre Educators
When you sign up at ACADEMICWORKS (click here to get started) you can also learn about other Scholarship Opportunities provided by EdTA. If you’re attending the Festival in Lincoln this year, consider applying for one of these additional awards!
You are encouraged to tailor your Support Materials to fit the focus of the scholarship(s) you are applying for.
There is no cost or fee associated with signing up at ACADEMICWORKS, or in submitting a scholarship application.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 15.