Scholarship Program

photo credit: Suzanne Cordeiro

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

College Scholarships

The Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards (GAHSMTA) will be awarding scholarships to outstanding participating students of the 2016 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 13, 2016, 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, February 26, 2016 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

Training Scholarships

The Long Center – College Audition Program will award one scholarship to an exemplary student who will be a senior during the 2017-2018 school year and considering studying musical theatre in college. The Long Center’s College Audition Program (CAP) offers high school students 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 college auditions. Program directors Ginger Morris and Adam Roberts are thrilled to bring to CAP a combined 30 years of experience training high school students for college auditions. Former students have attended such prestigious schools as The Boston Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, CCM, Elon, Ithaca, Juilliard, Millikin, NYU, OCU, OU, Pace, Rider, Texas State, UT, Webster, and more. This program is specifically designed to prepare and guide students and their families through the audition process.

Long Center College Audition Program Scholarship Application. Due midnight April 3.

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.

ZACH Pre-Professional Company Scholarship Application. Due midnight April 3.

Texas Arts Project, a summer residential camp for the arts, located at the scenic St. Stephen’s Academy, will offer 2 full scholarships to a four-week summer intensive program. Each scholarship includes full tuition to a 3-week pre-professional training program and a concentrated college audition prep week as well as room and board. Campers study voice, dance, acting, and film culminating in a performance showcase and film screenings. Former campers have been accepted to top university programs including Juilliard, CCM, UMich, NYU, UT-Austin, Webster, SMU, TCU, and Texas State.

Texas Arts Project Scholarship Application. Due midnight April 3.

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.