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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
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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

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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

2014

Alexis Gill – Vocal Performance

Baldwin Wallace University

Jonathan Yi – Violin

Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music)

2013

Sarita Gustely – Vocal Performance

University of Kentucky

Neil Rao – Instrumental Xylophone

Curtis Institute of Music

2012

Jonathan Demessie – Guitar

Berklee College of Music Summer Program

Ashlee Rose Soldo – Actress

School at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

2011

Olivia Brown – Actress

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Christopher Robinson – Violin

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ohio

2010
Celia Zhang – Violin
The Juilliard School, New York

Jermaine Brown – Vocal Music
University of Kentucky

William Geoghegan – Ballet
Point Park University, Pittsburgh

2009
Michael Callahan – Music Theatre
Elon University, North Carolina

Madeline Marchal – Theatre
Cornish College of the Arts, Washington

2008
Aqura Lacey – Dance
Fordham University, New York

Alan Ohkubo – Cello
Indiana University

2007
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

2006
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

2004
Grant Heuke – Theatre
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

2003
Edward Heavrin – Vocal Music
University of Kentucky

2002
Erin Joslyn – Drama
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Julia Richardson – Harp
Indiana University

2001
Kyra Weinberger – Vocal Music
University of North Texas

2000
Eric Stephenson  – Cello
Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio

Matthew Marshall  – French Horn
University of Louisville

1999
Emma Murley  – Trumpet
Indiana University

1998
Elizabeth Ford – Dance
New York City Ballet

1997
Christopher Powell
Western Kentucky University

1996
Molly Moser – Dance
Miami City Ballet

Nicole Scherzinger – Vocal Music
“Pop Star” lead singer

1995
Sarah Comstock – Dance
Louisville Ballet