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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 up to $10,000 and is a non-renewable scholarship opportunity.

Who is eligible?

Greater Louisville students and residents | Plans to pursue a career in performing arts | Ages 16-20

The application window is currently closed.

Please check back January 2020, or contact the Fund for the Arts Impact Team at grants@fundforthearts.org

The scholarship is made possible by the generous support of Joan Whittenberg in honor of William Tolbert Whittenberg.

Previous Scholarship Recipients

2019 First Prize: Kimmi Hebdon

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

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2019 Second Prize Winner: Bailey Pierce

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

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2018 Winner: Brandon Burk

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

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2018 Winner: Jake Waford

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

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2017 First Prize Winner: Caroline Glazier

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

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2017 Second Prize Winner: Alexandria Kinard

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

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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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