Thanks to the generous contributions of our donors, the Musical Theatre West Footlighters have been able to award over $120,000 in scholarships to local high school students since the program’s inception. Many of our awarded students go on to attend premier musical theatre programs across the country.
Jan Ritschel Scholarship – In memory of one of Southern California’s preeminent voice teachers and musical directors.
Ken and Dottie Reiner Scholarship – In honor of two of our most devoted benefactors and the founders of MTW’s Reiner Staged Reading Series.
John Bisom Scholarship – In memory of a frequent MTW performer who was one of the kindest, most loving souls in Southern California musical theatre.
Don Knabe Scholarship – In honor of a great arts supporter during his time serving the community on the LA County Board of Supervisors.
Garman Family Scholarship – In honor of the parents of MTW’s Executive Director, Paul Garman.
Dr. Frances Grover Scholarship – In memory of this exceptional woman and legendary philanthropist of the Arts in Long Beach.
Don Temple Family Scholarship – In memory of the self-made man who was a true philanthropist in our community.
Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship – To promote and advance the study of the dramatic fine arts and allied arts in the city of Long Beach.
James H. Ackerman Scholarship – In memory of a local lawyer who was a great supporter of the arts through the Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation.
Mu-ZAK Scholarship – Given by Leslie Tinnaro in loving memory of her son Zak for his creative artistry on and off the stage.
Stevi Meredith Scholarship – Given by the MTW CEI committee to a promising BIPOC student in loving memory of Stevi Meredith.
Maloney & Speigel Families Shining Star Scholarship – Awarded to an individual who will continue to shine on many more stages.
Jane Netherton Scholarship – From an avid supporter of MTW, building the foundation for the dreams of a rising star.