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Performing Arts Scholarship Competition

Every year, Thea Foundation looks forward to awarding top Arkansas talent with money to support their higher education goals. 


Thea’s Performing Arts Scholarship Competition awards ten scholarships annually to Arkansas high school seniors in the categories of dance, drama, and vocal performance.


1st Place – $4,000

2nd Place – $3,500

3rd Place – $3,000

4th Place – $2,500

5th – 10th Places – $2,000


Competition Update: Thea's 2020 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition Is Online-Only!

Due to a significant interest in submitting auditions digitally and Thea Foundation's awareness of the current pandemic, we've opted to take our 2020 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition completely online. 


See video submission details below 



Monday, March 30, 2020


By noon on Friday, April 3, 2020


After Registering to Compete: Participating students who register should email Paul Leopoulos at to confirm their registration was received. Your audition video must be uploaded as either a .mov or .mp4 file to the designated Dropbox folder for Thea Foundation's 2020 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition by noon on Friday, April 3.  


Singing, dancing or acting. No instrumental solos. Students may perform with an instrument, but their vocal abilities will be the only portion considered for judging. No a cappella performances. 


We want every student to know that we do not expect a high-quality video. Your audition video can be VERY simple. In fact, we've received some auditions clearly shot in the student's bedroom. This works great! Again, we only want to view your talent in its simplest, purest form. For dance, students can submit video taken in the garage, in the driveway, anywhere with enough space to make it work. The setting does not matter at all. 

Audition Length:

The video should not exceed two minutes in length.


No costumes, wear practice clothes.



No props may be used in your audition video with the exception of a stool or chair. 



An accompanist or music is of course acceptable for use in your submitted audition video. 

Video File Name/Upload Requirements: 

All registered students are required to title their submitted video file must be submitted to the Dropbox folder by noon on Friday, April 3. No produced videos will be considered: no editing, multiple camera shots, etc. We are seeking one consistent, low production video (shot at the highest-res available to you—mobile phone videos are perfectly fine) that showcases your talent in its simplest, purest form. 

Rules and Regulations

Before you register, be sure you FULLY READ the qualifications below and be sure that you’re eligible:

By visiting this page you understand that this information has been available to you starting August 6, 2019, and that failure to read this information or register for a scholarship before the registration deadline is to no fault of the Thea Foundation. The Thea Foundation makes every attempt possible within its means to notify students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the general public of the availability of its scholarship competitions and will not allow late registration predicated on the notion that an individual party was not aware of the information regarding deadlines. 


Registering for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition requires students to register online via a gravity form. Students may only register through the specific portal that the Foundation has created for each scholarship competition. Thea staff will not register students for scholarship competitions.


The Foundation recognizes that issues may arise during the registration process either from faulty equipment, user error, or issues beyond the control of either the registrant or the Foundation. The Thea Foundation encourages all students who register for a scholarship competition to contact Paul Leopoulos at to verify whether or not their registration was indeed processed. The Foundation makes available the registration for their scholarship competitions many months in advance to provide time to those having technical difficulties during the registering process. The Thea Foundation will not allow students to participate in a scholarship competition who arrive at the competition stating that they registered during the time allotted and who's name is not present on the Thea Foundation's list of participating students.


As stated above, all students are encouraged to call the Foundation to see whether or not their registration was successful. Failure to do so jeopardizes the student's certainty of a successful registration and participation in any scholarship competition. 

Only high school seniors enrolled in either public, private or home schools in Arkansas are eligible to register for a Thea Foundation Scholarship Competition.  A high school senior means any student who is currently completing the 12th grade in public or private school or any home school student who lists the 11th grade as their last grade level completed on their Notice of Intent to Home School on file with the Arkansas Department of Education for the current school year.

Photos of our 2019 audition day are shown below.