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 2021 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 2021 competitions:
Visual Arts — Noon - January 8 NOW CLOSED
Performing Arts — Noon - January 15 NOW CLOSED
Creative Writing — Noon - January 22. NOW CLOSED
Film — Noon - February 5 NOW CLOSED
Spoken Word — Noon - February 19 NOW CLOSED
Fashion Design — Noon - March 26
NEW: Virtual Q&A Sessions for the 2021 Thea Scholarship Competitions
We want to help clarify any questions or concerns about the 2021 scholarship competition season. Zoom Q&A sessions are available with Paul Leopoulos, Thea Foundation Co-Founder and Scholarship Coordinator, beginning in October. All interested teachers, parents, and students are invited to participate. Register for the best date that works for you here.
Please see individual rules and submission guidelines on each competition's page.
How Many Competitions Can I Compete In?
High school seniors may enter as many scholarship competitions as they like, but may only win one. If you win a competition, you will be disqualified from competing in future competitions for which you have applied.
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.
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.
Scholarships will be awarded to the students institutions 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.
Colleges Accepting Thea Scholarships?
All accredited colleges, universities and institutes accept Thea Scholarships.
All Thea scholarships are one-year scholarships. The entire scholarship amount is applied to the student's first semester of the freshman year. Partnering colleges apply their matching scholarships according to their own discretion.
Release of Scholarship Funds?
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 first semester of the freshman year. Should the student not attend after registration and before classes begin, 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 and transfer funds for a maximum of one (1) time. 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.