Freshman Scholarships

2024/2025 Freshman Scholarships

The scholarships listed below are available to qualifying first year students. Students must present a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and demonstrate an outstanding level of achievement in theatre through the presentation of an audition or portfolio and interview.  Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at RU and good conduct to renew the scholarship each year. 

First Year Theatre Scholarship

Tuition Award: $3,000
Renewable for three additional years as the Nancy Necessary Pridemore Scholarship. Total Award over four years: $12,000.

Kathleen Harvey Harshberger Scholarship (Performance Track)

Tuition Award:  $1,000
Renewable for three additional years. Total award over four years: $4,000.

GeorgAnne Voland Buck Scholarship

Tuition Award:  $1,400
First year only.

College of Visual and Performing Arts Talent Awards

Tuition Award: Varies with need.

How to Apply for Theatre Scholarships:

Students will be considered for these scholarships if:

  • They provide a completed application for admission to the University by January 16, 2024
  • And submit a letter of application and following scholarship materials to the Department Chair by Feb. 16th. This letter should state your academic/career goals and what receiving such a scholarship would mean to you. 
  • You should also submit a resume outlining your theatrical experience, extracurricular activities, community service, honors/awards, etc. along with your letter of application. 
  • Selected finalists will participate in an audition/interview process in late February. 

For more information or questions related to these and other RU scholarships, please contact Richard Dunham, Chair, at or 540-831-5012.