Rasmussen Scholarship Awards in the Performing Arts: Theatre


The Award: The one-year Rasmussen Theatre Awards provide qualified students with the equivalent of up to 15 credit hours of in-state tuition and fees. These awards, which are also available in music, are renewable for up to five years, provided that the student meets the obligations set forth in his/her award agreement. Applicants need not be Indiana state residents; however, the tuition and fee waiver cannot exceed that of 15 credit hours in-state per semester. Please note: residents of Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham, Meade and Trimble counties in Kentucky are considered in-state residents.

Qualifications: Students who receive this award will be selected on the basis of their past participation and success in theatrical production or performance, their grades, the strength of their recommendations, their audition and/or portfolio presentation, and their commitment to participation in a broad range of theatre.

Information Requested: Applicants must provide

  1. The information requested on the required application form plus any additional material that the applicant considers relevant
  2. Official transcripts of high school and college level work
  3. A minimum of three letters of recommendation. One of these letters may pertain to general character but two should attest to the applicant's interest and capability in theatre production and/or performance.

This material should be sent directly to:

Theatre Department
Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

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Audition/Interview Information: Students primarily interested in performance should prepare two brief audition selections (two to five minutes each). These may be solo or partnered, and the applicant's role should be memorized. Each selection should be introduced with a synopsis of essential information such as given circumstances and antecedent action.

Production or management-promotion students should prepare a resume of relevant experience and present, at the time of the interview, a portfolio of such things as photos, playbills, drawings, plans, logs, or other records of the individual's interests and accomplishments.

Obligations: Students who receive Rasmussen Theatre Awards will be expected to participate fully in IUS THEATRE activity in whatever capacity the theatre faculty deems appropriate. All recipients will be expected to participate in auditions at the beginning of each semester unless excused by the faculty; accept roles and/or production responsibilities assigned to them; meet rehearsal, production and performance commitments; aid in maintenance or recruitment or department development as needed. Recipients can expect a total time commitment of about 12-15 hours per week or about 100 hours per semester. They must avoid evening classes and commitments so they are free to rehearse and perform. All IUS Theatre productions take place in the state-of-the-art, Robinson Theater in the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center.

New Applicants

Complete an Application
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013

To be considered for a Rasmussen Theatre Scholarship, you must submit the scholarship application and schedule a time for an audition and/or portfolio review. In addition to this application, students must also submit their most recent school transcript as well as three letters of recommendation (one letter may pertain to general character, but two should attest to the applicant's interest and capability in theatre production and/or performance. These materials should be sent directly to:

Theatre Department
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Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150

Your application file will not be considered complete without a transcript and letters of recommendation.

The scholarship application can be filled out online, or you can download the application in PDF format.

Schedule An Audition

To request a time for you scholarship audition, fill out the online audition time request form, and select your first three choices for an audition time. You will receive a confirmation of your audition time by e-mail after we have received your scholarship application.

You may also schedule your audition by calling the Theatre Department at (812) 941-2655.

Current Rasmussen Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Renewal
Application Deadline: February 22, 2013

If you are a current Rasmussen Scholarship recipient, you must submit this application for renewal to the Theatre Department office by Friday, February 22, 2013.

NOTE: Rasmussen Theatre Scholarships are renewable up to four years. If you have had a Rasmussen Theatre Scholarship for four years, you are inelligible for renewal, regardless of class standing.

If you do not wish to submit this information online, you can download a PDF version of the renewal application and mail to the Theatre Department.

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