Thea Foundation Scholarship Competitions
Thea scholarships are awarded solely on talent, never on test scores, GPAs or intent to major in the arts. That means that whether you want to be a ballet dancer or a biochemist, your Thea scholarship is applicable. Your scholarship will travel to any college you attend, but if you choose to attend one of our dozens of education partners, including almost every 4-year college and many 2-year colleges in Arkansas, your scholarship could be matched with thousands more dollars in scholarship money. Furthermore, Thea scholarships are open to all Arkansas high school seniors from public, private and charter schools, homeschooled seniors and those seeking their GED, but please read our rules and regulations carefully to be sure you qualify.
Thea Foundation's 2023/2024 academic year scholarship competition season is completely online! With health and safety top of mind as well as our desire to make our competitions more accessible statewide, we are pleased to offer our scholarship opportunities in a completely digital format.
Below are the key deadlines for 2023 competitions:
Performing Arts — November 1, 2023
Visual Arts — November 1, 2023
Creative Writing — November 1, 2023
Film — November 1, 2023
Fashion Design — November 1, 2023
Spoken Word Entries will use either Performing Arts or Creative Writing competitions to compete for scholarships
How many competitions can I compete in?
High school seniors may enter one scholarship competition.
Students are not allowed to compete in multiple categories in a singular competition (e.g. a student performing a vocal and dance audition during the performing arts scholarship competition).
Who may apply?
Entrants must be currently completing 12th grade in Arkansas. Public, private and home school students as well as those who have completed their GED are included. 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.
What are the grade point and test score requirements?
Grade point average and test scores do not factor into consideration for a scholarship and need not be disclosed.
Are there any major requirements?
Scholarships will be awarded to the student's institution of choice, regardless of planned major. The student need not be majoring in an arts-related field to receive and utilize the scholarship. Violation of the declaration of student work as authentic will result in forfeiture of the scholarship application.
Will schools match my scholarship?
Click here to see all of the colleges and universities that match Thea Scholarships. * Note: The published matching scholarship numbers on this document may change without notice by the institution. To varify you must call the college or university.
How does Thea Foundation handle the Scholarship money?
Scholarship checks are sent directly to the educational institution of the student’s choice when proof of full-time registration is received at the Thea offices and the funds are applied to the student’s account. All of the scholarship will be applied to the student’s account the freshman year. Should the student not attend after registration and before the deadline for refunds, the scholarship funds might be returned to Thea. Students must register for full-time classes at an accredited educational institution on or before the second winter term after the scholarship is awarded.
Students may defer their scholarship for a maximum of one (1) year. If a student chooses to defer, (s)he must provide proof of graduation date. Exceptions may be taken at the discretion of Thea staff for extreme cases.