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Scholarships

Theatre Scholarships

Beatrice Rice Scholarship 

This scholarship is awarded annually to a Theatre major or minor with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. who demonstrates both financial need and service to the Theatre Program. Students must file a FASFA to be eligible for this scholarship.

J. Murray Smith Scholarship 

The J. Murray Smith Scholarship was funded by the Theatre Program's friends and alumni organization (FANS) in 2005. The following stipulations apply: 

  1.  The scholarship is open to all Cal Poly Theatre majors and minors. 
  2. Recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. 
  3. Recipient must have lower division status (i.e., completed less than 90 quarter units). 
  4. The scholarship is not based upon financial need.
     

Kathleen Fisher Scholarship 

This scholarship was funded by the Theatre Program's friends and alumni organization (FANS) in 1998. The following stipulations apply: 

  1. The scholarship is open to all Cal Poly students. 
  2. Recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  3. Recipient must have upper division status (i.e., completed at least 90 quarter units). 
  4. Recipient must have participated in at least three Theatre Program productions (performance or support) while at Cal Poly. 
  5. The scholarship is not based upon financial need.
     

General Scholarship Opportunities

2013-14 scholarship information

If you believe you meet the criteria for any of the scholarships noted, please email Gerrie Hatten at ghatten@calpoly.edu no later than June 17, 2016. Indicate the name and number of the scholarship so she knows which scholarship you are referring to and a brief description as to why you believe you meet the criteria, your education and personal goals.

Financial Aid

Dance Scholarships 

The Tomzac-Carter Award Endowment

This award originated in 1987 when Dave Carter and Amy Tomzac won first place in the Nashville American Collegiate Talent Show. The Orchesis Dance Company sponsored Carter and Tomzac with the agreement that if they won the competition, the prize money would be donated to create a perpetual fund for qualified dance students.

This award is typically given to the Orchesis Dance Company student officers in recognition of their important service to the company.

The Sonia Sandoval Memorial Dance Award

Sonia was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company, a Dance minor and a Modern Languages major who passed away on November 13, 1998 in a tragic car accident. To honor Sonia's spirit and passion for dance, Melissa Cook and Sean Lavery established this award in the spring of 1999. It is a great honor to receive this award.

To qualify for the award, the recipient must epitomize the passion, self-expression and artistry that characterized Sonia as a dance artist and individual. He/she must also have the desire to pursue dance personally or professionally. The award is typically given to an Orchesis Dance Company member, preferably a dance minor and choreographer, who is enrolled at Cal Poly in good academic standing.


The Paul T. and Moon Ja Minn Suhr Dance Awards

The Most Deserving Student Award was established by Cal Poly professor Dr. Moon Ja Minn Suhr and her husband Paul Suhr in 1995. The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding students from the Dance Program at Cal Poly.

The Founder's Award for Outstanding Choreography was established by Orchesis Dance Company founder Dr. Moon Ja Minn Suhr and her husband Paul T. Suhr in 1999. Its purpose is to honor an Orchesis Dance Company member who has demonstrated excellence in the process and completion of a choreographic work.

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