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Thea Foundation Arts Scholarship Competition in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Short Film, Performing Arts, and Poetry

Founded in 2002, Thea’s Scholarship Program is the longest running program the Foundation offers.  Originally awarded in the Visual Arts category to high school seniors graduating from North Little Rock High School, Thea Kay Leopoulos’s alma mater, Thea Scholarships have grown in quantity as well as coverage.  Today, Thea annually awards $80,000 across six scholarship categories (see top left margin) to thirty graduating seniors from all corners of the state.  In eleven years, Thea has distributed $2.5 million in scholarships to 225 students gifted in the arts. 

Judged by college-level faculty and/or practicing professionals, Thea’s scholarship competitions are unique in that they are remarkably inclusive.  They are open to students who attend public, private, charter, and home schools and those who have completed their GED.  Students are not required to provide their GPAs or test scores, or intent to major in the arts.

Furthermore, the Thea Foundation has partnered with over twenty institutions of higher education that commit to match or even exceed our scholarship funds should a recipient choose to attend one of the schools.  On average, for every dollar Thea awards in scholarships, an Education Partner matches at three dollars.

Our scholarship program’s framework is designed completely around one simple but poignant motivation:  to reward hardworking students and to inspire them to be confident and ambitious.

Requirements

High school seniors may enter only one (1) Thea scholarship competition.

Who May Apply
Entrants must be currently completing 12th grade in Arkansas. Public, private and home school students as well as those who have completed the GED are included.

Grade Point and Test Score Requirements
Grade point average and test scores do not factor into consideration for a scholarship and need not be disclosed.

Major Requirement
Scholarships will be awarded to the students institutions of choice, regardless of planned major. The student need not be majoring in an arts related field to receive and utilize the scholarship. Violation of the declaration of student work as authentic will result in forfeiture of the scholarship application.

Colleges Accepting Thea Scholarships
All accredited colleges, universities and institutes accept Thea Scholarships.

Scholarship Awards
All Thea scholarships are one year scholarships. Half of the scholarship amount is applied to each semester of the freshman year.

Release of Scholarship Funds
Scholarship checks are sent directly to the educational institution of the student’s choice when proof of full-time registration is received at the Thea offices and the funds are applied to the student’s account. Half of the scholarship will be applied to the student’s account each semester of the freshman year. Should the student not attend after registration and before classes begin the scholarship funds will be returned to Thea. Students must register for full-time classes at an accredited educational institution on or before the second fall term after the scholarship is awarded.

Students may defer their scholarship for a maximum of one (1) year, and transfer funds for a maximum of one (1) time.  If a student chooses to defer, (s)he must provide proof of graduation date.  Exceptions may be taken at the discretion of Thea staff for extreme cases.

 


 

 

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