Types of Financial Aids
Types of GVSU Theatre Awards
THE SHAKESPEARE SCHOLARSHIP
This award recognizes the talent and potential of eight students each year as technicians, actors, managers, designers, scholars, or directors in the Theatre program. It normally carries a stipend of $1,250 per year, and is renewable for a maximum of four years. The Shakespeare Scholarship is awarded to entering or continuing students majoring in Theatre, and it also requires that they participate in some way with the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival during the year of the award. In addition, students must continue to remain in good academic standing, and carry a minimum of twelve semester credit hours. High school seniors must apply for this scholarship at the beginning of the fall semester, and auditions/interviews will be held in November
THE BRANSTROM SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to two students each year. It is not necessarily linked to specific production assignments, but recognizes student achievement in a variety of areas within the theatre program. The Branstrom Scholarship is reserved for continuing students majoring in Theatre, and normally carries a stipend of $450 per year. The award is determined by the Theatre faculty in April.
THE SHAKESPEARE SERVICE AWARD
This scholarship is awarded to a variable number of technical and design students each year, recognizing their talent in costuming, lighting, scenography, and other areas. It requires that students work on technical and design projects during the Shakespeare Festival and throughout the academic year, that they remain in good academic standing, and that students carry a minimum of twelve semester hours of credit. Shakespeare Service Awards are available for new or continuing students. They normally carry a stipend of $600, and they are available to any student in the University regardless of major field of study. The award is determined jointly by the Shakespeare Festival and Theatre faculty in April.
THE SHAKESPEARE PRODUCTION ASSISTANTSHIP
This scholarship is awarded to a variable number of students each year seeking specific production assignments with the Shakespeare Festival. Such assignments may include assistant directing or stage managing, house managing, coordinating touring performances, marketing, or other areas. Shakespeare Production Assistantships normally carry a stipend of $500, and they are available to new or continuing students in the University, regardless of major field of study. The award is determined jointly by the Shakespeare Festival and Theatre faculty in April.
This award is made to one or two continuing students each semester enrolled full-time as Theatre majors. Students receive a stipend of $500 - $1,000 for the semester, and assist the Theatre faculty in routine classroom tasks: record-keeping, small group leadership, and classroom management. The number of teaching assistantships available in the Theatre program varies each semester, and these are determined on a semester-by-semester basis. The award is determined jointly by the Director of the School of Communications and the Theatre faculty.
Work-study programs in Theatre allow students to work at an hourly rate in the technical production or management area of Theatre operations. The University's Financial Aids Office determines the total amount of work-study wages a student may receive based on his or her financial aid status, and students must demonstrate the skills necessary for employment in the Theatre shops or management areas. Normally the Theatre program employs 7 - 10 work-study students each year. These assignments are determined by faculty and staff supervising the shop and management areas, and appointments are made throughout the year.
This award is made only to one graduate student each year who is enrolled in the Master of Science program in GVSUs School of Communications. Students receive a $4,000 remission of their graduate tuition, and assist the Theatre faculty for 20 hours weekly in arts management areas. Tasks may include publicity and marketing, audience development, advertising layout and design, and other areas depending on the students skills. The number of graduate assistantships available in the Theatre program varies each year, and these are determined on a semester-by-semester basis. The award is determined jointly by the Director of the School of Communications and the Theatre faculty.