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.

William Tolbert Whittenberg

Scholarship for Performing Arts Excellence Online Application

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.

Download the Whittenberg Scholarship Flyer


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, 2016  

Application deadline is April 10, 2016  |  11:59pm

Send materials via email:  kabner@fundforthearts.org

 By mail:

Fund for the Arts
Attn: Kat Abner
Impact Officer
623 West Main
Louisville, KY 40202

2014 Scholarship Winners

Alexis Gill

Jonathan Yi

Previous Winners


Alexis Gill – Vocal Performance

Baldwin Wallace University

Jonathan Yi – Violin

Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music)


Sarita Gustely – Vocal Performance

University of Kentucky

Neil Rao – Instrumental Xylophone

Curtis Institute of Music


Jonathan Demessie – Guitar

Berklee College of Music Summer Program

Ashlee Rose Soldo – Actress

School at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland


Olivia Brown – Actress

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Christopher Robinson – Violin

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ohio

Celia Zhang – Violin
The Juilliard School, New York

Jermaine Brown – Vocal Music
University of Kentucky

William Geoghegan – Ballet
Point Park University, Pittsburgh

Michael Callahan – Music Theatre
Elon University, North Carolina

Madeline Marchal – Theatre
Cornish College of the Arts, Washington

Aqura Lacey – Dance
Fordham University, New York

Alan Ohkubo – Cello
Indiana University

Emily Newton – Theater
Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre, California

Jordan Daugherty – Ballet
George Mason University, Washington, D.C.

Sara King – Music Theatre
Otterbein College, Ohio

Natalie Steinke – Theatre
University of Oklahoma

Mary Hollis Hundley – Vocal Music
Tanglewood Summer Institute, Massachusetts

Natalie Helm – Cello
Aspen Music Festival & Curtis Institute of Music, Colorado

Grant Heuke – Theatre
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Edward Heavrin – Vocal Music
University of Kentucky

Erin Joslyn – Drama
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Julia Richardson – Harp
Indiana University

Kyra Weinberger – Vocal Music
University of North Texas

Eric Stephenson  – Cello
Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio

Matthew Marshall  – French Horn
University of Louisville

Emma Murley  – Trumpet
Indiana University

Elizabeth Ford – Dance
New York City Ballet

Christopher Powell
Western Kentucky University

Molly Moser – Dance
Miami City Ballet

Nicole Scherzinger – Vocal Music
“Pop Star” lead singer

Sarah Comstock – Dance
Louisville Ballet