Scholarship Program

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The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards Offers A Variety of Scholarships.

Training Scholarships

Participants of the 2017-2018 GAHSMTA season are eligible to apply for any and all of the training scholarships that are offered. The recipients of each scholarship will be announced the evening of the awards ceremony, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Long Center.

Long Center College Audition Program Scholarship Application. Due April 11.

The Long Center’s College Audition Program (CAP) offers high school Juniors and Seniors rigorous preparation for the college audition process. Carefully structured to offer students and their families individualized consultation, training, and practical preparation for their musical theatre and acting college auditions, program directors Ginger Morris, Adam Roberts and Nick Mayo are thrilled to bring a combined 30 years of experience to these families. Former students have attended such prestigious schools as Juilliard, Carnegie Mellon, CCM, Michigan, Ithaca, NYU, Texas State, UT and more. The CAP experience runs September to February, when seniors travel to Chicago Unified auditions to share their audition packages with various schools.

This scholarship includes

  • College Audition Program (CAP) tuition (Donated and provided by the Long Center)
  • Headshots (Donated and provided by ABM photography)
  • Support with college admissions essays (Donated and provided by Susan Ansorge, PhD)
  • Travel and accommodations for Unified Auditions in Chicago
  • One on one application, material, and scheduling assistance throughout the college application process

ZACH Pre-Professional Company Scholarship Application. Due April 11.

PPC is an ensemble of ZACH’s most dedicated up-and-coming performers. Students are divided in Companies based on age and ability. PPC is for serious students looking for a professional training experience.

The overall goal of PPC is to improve overall technique, prepare students for college and career training, and to provide opportunities that help students grow as performing artists. PPC members study with Broadway and Professional Teaching Artists and are offered classes in voice, acting, auditioning technique, college prep, ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre dance (different styles and genres) and nutrition. Students have Main Stage Performance Opportunities at ZACH as well as other community events around Austin. PPC ELITE Senior students have received acceptances from the following colleges: CCM, NYU, Indiana, Michigan, Point Park, Rider U, Elon, SMU, TCU, Rhodes, TX State, OU, OCU, and AMDA.

Texas Arts Project Scholarship Application. Due April 11.

Texas Arts Project, a summer residential camp for the arts, located at the scenic St. Stephen’s Academy, will award 2 full scholarships to a 3 or 4-week sleep-away summer intensive for musical theatre, acting, filmmaking, and songwriting. Each scholarship includes full tuition to a 3-week professional level training program and an optional concentrated college audition prep week at St. Stephen’s School. Build your confidence, expand your skillset, and intensify your training during this technique and performance based summer intensive. GAHSMTA Producing Director, Ginger Morris, along with a team of nationally recognized artists, Broadway performers, cutting-edge filmmakers, award-winning composers, and arts education leaders provide individualized instruction in a professional training environment. Former campers have gone on to study at top universities including Juilliard, NYU, CCM, Webster, Millikin, The University of Texas at Austin, and Texas State University.

Studio School Scholarship Application. Due April 6.

The Studio School will award one student with a $5,000 scholarship per year for four years to its BFA in Contemporary Musical Theatre and Film.

The Studio School, located on a studio lot in Los Angeles, combines comprehensive training in acting for all genres, voice, musicianship, dance, musical theatre performance and entertainment industry business courses to create an entrepreneurial approach to creating success. We create actors with a business mindset that can sing, dance and create their own work—as well as do television, film, commercials and digital media. Studio School (formerly the Relativity School) integrates a general education sequence including courses in Society & Culture, Arts & Humanities and Scientific Inquiry to explore diverse perspectives and allow students to express ideas, assess information critically and communicate effectively in real world settings. Students take comprehensive sequences in acting and voice, and are challenged to be innovators, entrepreneurs and thought leaders while preparing for a professional acting career in film, television and theatre.

Students collaborate with filmmakers (directors, screenwriters, producers) during their course of study and get the opportunity to work on original film projects including an original movie musical. Advanced courses in camera technique and auditioning for film, television, commercials and voiceover position our students for a diversified entertainment career both on stage and on screen. In addition to programmed course projects, students will have the opportunity to audition for annually programmed productions. Additionally, our Collaboration Labs are programmed for all students and are built to foster interdisciplinary creativity. Check out their official website here.

Texas Musical Theatre Workshop Application. Due April 11. 

Held on the world-class campus of The University of Texas at Austin, TXMTW:

  • Connects talented high school students with top musical theatre artists and teachers
  • Offers outstanding pre-professional training in acting, singing, dancing, and auditioning skills
  • Creates pathways for future composers, writers, directors, producers, and performing artists to work in the commercial entertainment industry

Full scholarship (housing at The University of Texas plus all meals and scheduled classes and activities – value: $2,750.00) for Texas Musical Theatre Workshop provided by The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. Dates: June 9-23, 2018.

College Scholarships

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA) will be awarding scholarships to outstanding participating students of the 2017-2018 Awards. Each participating school’s GAHSMTA Teacher Sponsor will nominate two (2) students from his or her school’s production. Each nominee is eligible to complete the application process as outlined below.

The Scholarship Committee, made up of community leaders, will thoroughly review all the applications and select the award recipients. The scholarship winners will be announced the evening of the awards ceremony, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the Long Center.

One GAHSMTA Teacher Sponsor from each participating school must first complete the Nomination Form (requires password) online, after which they will be emailed the link for the Student Application.

To qualify for the GAHSMTA College Scholarship Program, students:

  1. Must have been submitted by the GAHSMTA Teacher Sponsor from his or her school.
  2. Must have participated in their school’s musical GAHSMTA entry this year.
  3. Must be a graduating Senior with at least a “B” GPA.
  4. Must have participated in performing arts (i.e., theater, dance, choir, instrumentalist, technician) throughout the majority of their high school career.
  5. Must plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, or conservatory. Payment will be made to student AFTER student provides proof of enrollment to an accredited institute of higher learning.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Both electronic and physical applications must have the following documents attached:

  1. Academic Record:  Copy of student transcript or academic record.
  2. Answer the prompt on video. Feel free to use a phone or computer to record. Video should be between 2 and 2.5 minutes. For mail-in submissions, email the link to For online submissions, paste the link in the space provided.

    PROMPT How have the performing arts impacted your high school career and how have they prepared you for the future?

  3. Proof of Acceptance to an accredited institution of higher learning.*
  4. Resume: List your performing arts experience (in school and professionally). Be sure to list Show, Role/Job, Theatre Name and Year. Include any awards or honors you have been given as well as additional extra-curricular activities and community involvement.
*If you have yet to receive your proof of acceptance you may instead submit a list of institutions you’ve applied to.

GAHSMTA Scholarship Applications must be received by Friday, March 30, 2018 at 5:00pm. All applications must be typed and mailed or submitted electronically. Paper applications must be received by the application due date, and can be mailed or delivered to:

Long Center for the Performing Arts
Attn: Ginger Morris
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards are presented by the Long Center for the Performing Arts with the University of Texas at Austin Department College of Fine Arts and ZACH Theatre, with Scholarship Sponsor Wells Fargo, Founding Sponsors Carolyn and Marc Seriff.