The William Tolbert Whittenberg Scholarship for Performing Arts Excellence awards young artists up to $10,000 to pursue advanced study in the performing arts. Applicants eligible for the scholarship must be from the Greater Louisville region, between the ages of 16 and 22, and plan to pursue a professional career in performing arts. Recipients of the 2021 Whittenberg Scholarship have now been announced. Congratulations to the following recipients!

First Prize - Torinae Norman

Manhattan School of Music

Musical Theatre

Second Prize - Andrew Tran

University of Kentucky

Vocal Music

Second Prize - Brooklyn Durs

DePaul University

Theatre

Second Prize - Kaylee Strange

Arizona State University

Dance

Second Prize - Kaylynn Li

Various, Music Trials

Violin

Second Prize - Sophia "Sofi" Pascua

Northwestern University

Musical Theatre

Second Prize - William French

Morehead State University

Trumpet

Honorable Mentions

Chase Dean, Vocal Music

Genesis Smith, Saxophone

Jasper Kasey, Flute

Caitlin Espinueva, Dance

 

Previous Scholarship Recipients

Applications for The William Tolbert Whittenberg Scholarship for Performing Arts Excellence are currently closed.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

2019 First Prize: Kimmi Hebdon

  • Arts Discipline: French Horn
  • College Attending: Northwestern University
  • Number of Years of Study: 7 years

2019 Second Prize Winner: Bailey Pierce

  • Arts Discipline: Musical Theatre
  • College Attending: Manhattan School of Music
  • Number of Years of Study: 9 years

2018 Winner: Brandon Burk

  • Arts Discipline: Theatre
  • College Attending: Fordham University
  • Number of Years of Study: 7 years

2018 Winner: Jake Waford

  • Arts Discipline: Musical Theatre
  • College Attending: College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati
  • Number of Years of Study: 7 years

2017 First Prize Winner: Caroline Glazier

  • Arts Discipline: Musical Theatre
  • College Attending: University of Michigan
  • Number of Years of Study: 10 years

2017 Second Prize Winner: Alexandria Kinard

  • Arts Discipline: Dance
  • College Attending: University of Louisville Dance Academy
  • Number of Years of Study: 12 years

2016 First Prize Winner: Ruth Sangster

  • Arts Discipline: Vocal, Opera
  • College Attending: University of Kentucky
  • Number of Years of Study: 3 (has studied under Elizabeth Huling and Louisville Youth Choir)

2016 Second Prize Winner: Emma Pfitzer-Price

  • Arts Discipline: Theatre
  • College Attending: The Julliard School
  • Number of Years of Study: 10 (has studied at Commonwealth Theatre Center – formerly Walden Theatre/Blue Apple Players)

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