There are a number of honors and awards for Creative and Academic Achievement available
to students at every level at the University of Memphis, as well as the Memphis metro-area.
The Keith Kennedy Theatre and Dance Student Enrichment Fund Expenditures provide theatre
and dance students with opportunities to benefit from programmatic enhancements, both
on campus and in professional venues. Such expenditures may include workshops and
classes conducted by guest artists, awards or prizes to students who demonstrate outstanding
ability and /or make significant contributions to the Department of Theatre & Dance,
travel and fees associated with conferences, auditions and portfolio presentations,
and other expenses as recommended by the departmental awards committee.
The "Works In Progress" Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduates to present
their current research projects to faculty and other students. In the performance
field, creative work (choreography, directing, acting, and dancing) are all recognized
as research. The symposium is sponsored by the University Honors Program and is held
in the Fall of each year.
The Dean's Creative Achievement Award is based on outstanding creative activity in
the areas encompassed by the College (Theatre & Dance, Music, and Art.) The Department
Chairs select one College winner from the candidates nominated by each department.
The R.P. Tracks Award is a generous award for a Theatre & Dance student made on behalf
of long time donors Rick Johns and Peter Moon. It is presented to a student, who in
the opinion of the faculty, demonstrates the best combination of academic and artistic
achievement and presents the best role model to which a theatre student should aspire.
City of Memphis
Each year, creative excellence in university theatre is recognized through the Memphis
Arts Council / Memphis Magazine Awards. University of Memphis directors, actors, dancers,
and choreographers are consistently among the recipients. In addition, a separate
Rising Star citation, along with a cash award is given each year to a promising student
in the field of theatre.
Talent-based Tuition Scholarships
All prospective incoming Freshman and Transfer students are AUTOMATICALLY considered
for all Talent-based Tuition Scholarships as part of their application and audition/interview
provided they complete their audition/interview by the end of March. In general students
who are competitive in the scholarship process have prepared auditions/interviews
within the following structure:
Performance/Acting candidates should plan to prepare an audition package consisting
of two contrasting monologues and, (optional), 16 bars of a song. Any singing will
be presented a cappella. Plan that the entire presentation should last no more than
- Although not required for admission Design and Technical Production candidates that
are successful in the scholarship process generally bring a portfolio or any other
evidence of past work with them to present at the interview.
- The requirements for the Musical Theatre audition a specific and cover all the material
the scholarship committee needs for consideration. Successful candidates are generally
particularly strong in at least two of the three areas of acting, singing, and dance.
The full-tuition scholarships provide for normal in-state enrollment fees. Consideration
for these awards includes demonstrated talent in the selected area of concentration,
good academic standing, evidence of previous work in the field and recommendations
from academic teachers and arts specialists. In most cases this is a four (4) year
scholarship. Recipients must be full-time theatre majors and maintain a 2.8 GPA, perform
30 hours of work per semester in the department, and be active participants of satisfactory
standing in their program.
Interested students should complete the University of Memphis and Departmental application
early. Additional questions may directed to Kristin Shupe at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Merit Scholarships are those scholarships awarded at the end of each spring semester
to current BFA Theatre and Dance majors. Awardees are selected through a ranking process
by the department faculty who take into account BFA portfolio reviews for design students,
and BFA performance auditions for performance students. Other factors considered are
departmental citizenship and leadership. The award criteria for each individual scholarship
is also taken into account. These awards are given in the Spring Semester of each
year to be used for the following academic year.
Merit scholarships are not automatically renewed. (The one exception is the SANTI
Scholarship, a two-year award.)
The Wampler Family Scholarship
Recipients are selected by the CCFA Scholarship Committee from either the Theatre
program or the Music program. Candidates must be full-time freshmen pursuing a degree
in voice and/or theatre.
Clement Santi Memorial Scholarship
This is an endowed scholarship, half Music, half Theatre & Dance, in memory of Clement
Santi, donated by his daughter and son-in-law William and Tina Flaherty This award
is given for a two-year period per recipient.
Cybill Shepherd Scholarship
Selection of student approved by the Dean. Recipients must maintain a B average and
minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipients may be eligible to receive this award for a maximum of
Elizabeth and Harold Robinson Scholarship
This is an endowed scholarship awarded through the College of Communication and Fine
Arts. Robinson scholars must have a minimum ACT score of 24 and maintain a 3.00 GPA.
Preference will be given to students from the rural Mid-South.
Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is given to students who demonstrate academic merit and have a financial
The Hohenberg Foundation Dance Scholarship
This scholarship is given yearly to an upper-class dance student who has excelled
in creative and academic studies and has made substantial contributions to the University
of Memphis dance.
Joanna Helming Alumni Scholarship
This scholarship is for full-time performance or design/tech majors (Sophomores or
above). Talent-based, with minimum GPA of 2.5. Preference given to greatest financial
need. Renewable up to 4 years.
The Mary S. McGaughran Musical Theatre Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2010 and will be administered in conjunction with the
new undergraduate program in musical theatre. Awards are recommended by the Department