Each year, the Musical Theatre West Footlighters sponsor a scholarship program in which high school students are given $1,000 each to help further their studies in the arts.
Applications are received from students from all across Southern California. Auditions are held in the spring, judged by a panel of industry professionals. Students are only eligible to apply if they are nominated by their performing arts teacher.
The winners are asked to perform at a Footlighters luncheon where they perform two songs and receive their award.
Additionally, students who are competing for the MTW Footlighters Scholarships that have been a lead in their high school musical in the current award year are eligible to be chosen for entry into the National High School Musical Theatre Awards (the “Jimmys”) to compete for additional cash prizes and scholarship opportunities. Three recent Jimmy Award winners have been MTW Footlighters scholarship winners.
In addition to the Footlighters Scholarships there are several scholarships that private families have funded in memory and in honor of loved ones, including the Ken & Dottie Reiner Scholarship, the John Bisom Memorial Scholarship, the Jan Ritschel Memorial Scholarship, the Garman Family Scholarship, the Temple Family Scholarship, the Frankie Grover Scholarship, the Don Knabe Scholarship, the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Scholarship and an anonymously funded scholarship.
For more information, contact Ted Watts at 562.856.1999 x232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.