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Thea Foundation Adds 6 Arts Scholarships for 2019 Graduates

Thea’s annual scholarship competitions are open now to high school and homeschooled seniors across Arkansas, and this school year we’ll be adding six new scholarships, bringing the total number of scholarships to be awarded in 2019 to 36 and $97,500. This is up from 30 scholarships and $79,500 in 2018 and previous years. The new scholarships will be expansions added to our Poetry Slam and Creative Writing scholarship competitions, which have seen increased participation over the past few years. Where two scholarships were awarded per category in the past, now five will be awarded in each.

Additionally, Thea Foundation will be partnering with Arkansas Cinema Society to provide qualified judges and screen student films submitted to our Film Scholarship Competition.

This year’s theme, which spans all competitions except for Performing Arts, is “grandiose and oversaturated.”

Thea scholarships are unique because they are never awarded based on test scores, GPAs or intent to major in the arts; they are awarded to 36 students for their artistic talents and are accepted at any college or technical school. Additionally, Thea scholarships are matched and often exceeded by 28 institutions across the nation, including most 4-year and 2-year Arkansas colleges.

Thea Foundation will award 10 scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 in performing arts; 10 scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $4,000 in visual arts; 5 scholarships in poetry slam ($4,000 to $2,000); 2 scholarships in fashion design ($4,000 and $2,500); 5 scholarships in creative writing ($4,000 to $2,000); and 4 scholarships in film (all $2,500).

Competitions are open to all high school and homeschooled seniors in Arkansas who intend to attend college in the fall of 2019. Thea competitions are judged by academics and professionals in their fields: past judges have included Korto Momolu, fashion designer and “Project Runway” star; Bryan Massey, award-winning sculptor; Janis Kearney, presidential diarist; and many more prestigious professionals.

Since 2002, Thea Foundation has awarded more than $2.25 million in scholarships. In 2015, we were humbled by the support from Thea donors, who helped us endow our scholarship program with $2 million.

Registration deadlines and competition dates for our 2019 competitions are as follows:

Poetry Slam: Registration, March 18 - Competition, March 23

Visual Arts: Registration, February 25 - Competition, March 2

Fashion Design: Registration, March 25 - Competition, March 30

Performing Arts: Registration, March 4 - Competition, March 9

Creative Writing: Registration, March 11

Film: Registration, April 1

To register or get more information about our scholarship competitions, click here.

Thea Foundation

Thea Foundation’s mission is to advocate the importance of the arts in the development of our youth. Our programs are designed to help youth find confidence through creative expression, during and after school. Thea Foundation has awarded more than $2.25 million in scholarships to Arkansas high school seniors, distributed more than $1.5 million in art supplies to underfunded schools and implemented many programs that provide creative experiences for Arkansas's youth. For more information about Thea Foundation, visit or call (501) 379-9512.

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