The William Tolbert Whittenberg Scholarship for Performing Arts Excellence was established in 1987 to enable gifted students with limited financial support to pursue advanced study in the performing arts.

The amount of the award is between $1,000 and $5,000 and is a non-renewable scholarship opportunity.

2016 First Prize Winner: Ruth Sangster


Who is Eligible?

  • Residents of the Kentuckiana region
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 20
  • Plan to pursue a professional career in the performing arts

The financial support is to be used solely for advanced professional training in the performing arts and may be used towards such expenses as tuition, apprenticeship with a coach or company, seminars or workshops or advanced study. The scholarship may NOT be used for the purchase of instruments or equipment.

Funds will not be awarded if such award will reduce or replace other financial support available to the applicant.

Application Process

  • Complete online application
  • Send two letters of recommendation
  • Submit an essay stating career goals, scholarship need and intended use of funds

Application Opens March 1, 2017

Application deadline is April 10, 2017 | 11:59pm

Send materials via email:

2016 First Prize Winner: Ruth Sangster

  • Scholarship Award: $7,500
  • City of Residence: Simpsonville, KY
  • High School Attended: Martha Layne Collins High School
  • College Attending: University of Kentucky (rising freshman)
  • Arts Discipline: Vocal, Opera
  • Number of Years of Study: 3 (has studied under Elizabeth Huling and Louisville Youth Choir)

2016 Second Prize Winner: Emma Pfitzer-Price

  • Scholarship Award: $2,500
  • City of Residence: Louisville, KY
  • High School Attended: DuPont Manual/Youth Performing Arts School
  • College Attending: The Julliard School (rising freshman)
  • Arts Discipline: Theatre
  • Number of Years of Study: 10 (has studied at Commonwealth Theatre Center – formerly Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players)