Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Theatre - Scholarships

John T. Trahey Mustard Seed Scholarship for Theatre Arts

John T. Trahey Mustard Seed Scholarships are tuition awards that enable talented students to train in all areas of theatre.

For the application, click here.

Auditions for the 2013-2014 academic year:

Monday, February 3, 2014; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 2014; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Must maintain full-time students status at Loyola University Chicago and major in Theatre.

Requirements: Students must demonstrate financial need with minimum G.P.A. of 3.0

Applications and Auditions: Applications must be postmarked by February 1.
Auditions and interviews are on the above posted date. All recipients are announced before April 1.

Monetary Value: Varied; determined by the annual contributions from subscribers and friends toward the Theatre program, the student's need, number of applications for the scholarship, and amount of money available.

Terms for Renewal: Maintenance of full-time student status with minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 in theatre courses at Loyola University Chicago, continued demonstration of financial need, and participation in successful performance in theatre. Renewal deadline is Friday, March 29 for those students who received the scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. For more information, click here.

Audition Information and Tips: 

  • An audition order will be determined at the time of arrival.
  • All interviews and auditions begin with an informal conversation with our faculty and staff.
  • Choose your material carefully and rehearse it with your director until you are comfortable with it. Nervousness is a constant companion at auditions, and can take its toll on unrehearsed material. Select material which best demonstrates your abilities and versatility. Remember that a simple selection done well is better than a difficult one done poorly.
  • Prepare more than one selection to show various acting styles. If singing, prepare a verse from both an up-tempo song and a ballad. If dancing, prepare a short combination exhibiting your most proficient dance styles.
  • Important:Limit your entire audition to four minutes. If the audition staff requires more time, they will ask you for it. Cut your material to eliminate repetitive verses and choruses. Be selective in choosing your material; go for the big finish, the quiet moment, or those parts that really show off your best. Remember, the purpose of an audition is not to entertain the audition staff, but to show them your best qualifications in a short period of time.
  • Design/tech applicants should bring a portfolio of their work and be prepared to discuss it with our faculty and staff. The portfolio should include pertinent renderings, drawings, designs, sketches, production photos, or examples of your artistic and technical expertise.
  • Consider your personal appearance. Your audition is similar to a job interview, so first impressions are important. You only have a short period of time to make the most favorable impression with your talent, appearance, personality, and attitude, and your evaluation begins the moment the faculty sees you enter the theatre.
  • Keep props and equipment to a minimum as delays in assembling this equipment can be disruptive to other auditions.
  • It is preferable that applicants bring their own accompanist/recorded music with whom/which they have rehearsed and are comfortable.
  • Do your best and do not be discouraged if you make mistakes. All of the audition staff have been in your place at one time or another. We will extend every courtesy and consideration to make your audition a positive experience.
  • Each applicant will receive written notification, one way or the other, regarding the awarding of scholarships after all auditions and sessions have been held. Please do not call inquiring about your audition. Those answering the phones will not have the information you seek, and calls of this nature only delay the selection process.

J. Pat Miller Scholarship

This award provides financial assistance to talented juniors that major in Theatre and demonstrate acting potential.

Eligibility: Must maintain full-time student status at Loyola University Chicago and major in Theatre.

Requirements: Juniors who demonstrated financial need with a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.

Monetary Value: Variable.

Past recipients 

James Wesley White, Jr. Scholarship

The Directors of the James Wesley White, Jr. Scholarship Fund are pleased to announce they are accepting applications for its annual scholarship in honor of James “Jay” Wesley White, Jr. Current sophomores and juniors majoring in theatre are eligible to apply for the $1500 scholarship. Applications are due by April 20, 2014. You may contact the scholarship committee for more information at jwwjscholarship@yahoo.com.


Eligibility: Must be either Sophomore or Junior majoring in Theatre at Loyola University Chicago.

Applications and Auditions: All applicants must submit an application.
You may contact Angele White for more information at jwwjscholarship@yahoo.com.
or download this application:

Monetary Value: $1,500 for the academic year.

Past recipients

Mary Angela Schoen Scholarship

Mary Angela Schoen earned her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Mundelein College
in Theater and her Masters degree in Public Speaking from Northwestern University. She returned to Mundelein College to teach Theatre and Public Speaking, retiring in 1991. In recognition of her love of teaching and commitment to education, her husband Alan, a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, has established this scholarship. This award is provided annually for undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and major in Theatre with a 2nd major or minor in Fine Arts or Music.

Term of Scholarship: The entire fund balance shall be used to provide annual tuition assistance to qualified students. The scholarship shall be annual in duration. Recipient(s) shall be selected and announced in the Spring. The scholarship shall be awarded to the recipient(s) in the Fall for the upcoming academic calendar year.

Applications: In order to apply for the scholarship, students are required to submit an application to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. As part of the application process, the Chairperson of the department may require students to interview with the Director of the Theatre or his/her designee(s).

For the application, click here.

Deadline: All applications and appropriate supplementary materials must be submitted to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts by April 15, 2014 to be considered for this scholarship.

Eligibility and Requirements: Full-time undergraduate student(s) at Loyola University Chicago
who have declared a major in Theatre and have declared either a 2nd major or minor in Fine Arts or Music, and who maintain a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent. Students must also show a demonstrated interest or involvement in Women's issues.

Monetary Value: Partial scholarship(s) of up to $2,500, with the exact amount of each scholarship and the total number of scholarships to be determined at the discretion of the Chairperson of the Fine and Performing Arts.

Initial Award: Determined by the Chairperson of the Fine and Performing Arts in consultation with the Directors of Fine Arts, Music and Theatre.

Subsequent Awards: Determined by the Chairperson of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in consultation with the Director of Fine Arts, Music and Theatre.