Each year, the MTW Footlighters award scholarships to local high school students. Since the program’s inception over $120,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving students. Many of our awarded students have attended premiere musical theatre programs across the country. The scholarship is open to high school students in the local area.
The following is a list of some of our scholarships.
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.
MTW Scholarship History
Since the Musical Theatre West Footlighters scholarships were established in 2005, we have awarded over $120,000 to 118 deserving local high school students from throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. In addition to the Footlighters scholarships, several named scholarships have been established to honor MTW donors by their families and friends, allowing us to double the number of scholarships we can give each year.