If you are planning on coming to NDSU as a Theatre major, there are two possible ways you could earn scholarships! One is through the university system for an academic scholarship and the other is by auditioning/interviewing in the theatre department and being awarded a scholarship for your major.

  1. Apply for NDSU Scholarships
  2. Theatre Departmental Scholarships
    Complete an online scholarship form.

A number of scholarships in theatre arts are available for students with either a performance or a technical emphasis:

  • Jim and Sonja Ozbun Scholarship for Fine Arts
  • Alfred G. Arvold Scholarship for Theatre Arts
  • Frederick G. Walsh Talent Grant
  • Arthur C. and Vera Johnson Talent Grant
  • Margaret Richardson Lyddon Award
  • Circle of Players Theatre Scholarship
  • Donald E. Larew Theatre Scholarship
  • Bison Arts Scholarship for Fine Arts
  • Peggy Gaynor Theatre Scholarship

Factors determining the awarding of the scholarships:

  • Financial need
  • Talent/potential
  • Seriousness of intent
  • Scholastic record

If students have any questions about the process, preparing interviewing materials, or the program at NDSU, please don't hesitate to contact Tiffany Fier.

Good luck and we hope to see you soon!

To apply for a theatre scholarship, either apply online (new students only), download the scholarship form below, stop by the NDSU Theatre Arts office (Askanase Hall 107), or write to:

Theatre Arts Coordinator
Dept. 2336, PO Box 6050
North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

New Students - Apply For Scholarships Online!

Theatre Arts Scholarship Form-Returning & Transfer Students

Career Opportunities

Theatre training develops and exercises the creative imagination and fosters excellence in communication skills. Our graduates have found a rich variety of professions open to them. Several have gone on to earn MA, MFA, or PhD degrees in theatre and related fields and now teach in colleges and universities, community colleges, and high schools. Other graduates of our program work in arts management, technical theatre, and technical consulting, as well as in community theatre, semi-professional repertory companies, professional theatre, and commercial radio and television.

Scholarship Auditions

Students who are interested in a scholarship audition should do the following after filling out the online scholarship form:
Email a copy of your current resume, an unofficial copy of your high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation to

A virtual audition is also required for those interested in Musical Theatre or Performance. In-person auditions will recommence post-COVID. These items can be recorded and sent in via email.
Prospective Musical Theatre students will want to prepare the following:

• A one-minute cutting from a recognized musical
• A contrasting one-minute monologue

Prospective Performance students will want to prepare two contrasting one-minute monologues.
Prospective Design/Tech students will want to send images of their most recent work.

Additionally, we will set up a time to meet virtually via Zoom or in-person depending upon current COVID safety precautions. Please contact to set up your virtual or in-person scholarship audition.