Each year the Theater department gives several awards to undergraduate students at the end of the academic year, unless the particular scholarship specifies another date of notification. Students must apply for the awards and the number of awards may vary from year to year. Awards and scholarships range from $500 to $2000. Criteria and required application materials are described in this brochure.

The Scholarship Committee reviews the applications and may work with the nominees to help insure applications best represent the student's strength. Information on University-wide scholarships can be obtained from the Financial Aid Department at 215-204-1458.

Theater Department Alumni Scholarships

This scholarship of $2000 is given to the outstanding incoming student (freshman or transfer) to Temple?s Theater Department, determined by High School GPA and either audition and interview (for actors) or portfolio review and interview (for designers, directors, stage managers, playwrights).

Auditions and interviews will be held on Sunday, March 25 only. For actors, please prepare a 2-minute monologue, and have a back-up ready if needed. For stage managers, directors, designers and playwrights, please bring a portfolio of your work to date. Application in both should also bring high school transcripts.

Please Note: If you are a student who has or will audition for the Musical Theater Concentration, you will automatically be considered for this scholarship and need not audition again.

If you have any questions, please contact David Ingram, Head of the Scholarship and Recruiting Committee, at 215/204-6257 or

Albert Benzwie Memorial Scholarship

This award is in honor of the founder of the Theater Center of Philadelphia who was also an active supporter of playwrights. It is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student playwright who writes the best play focusing on a social issue. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year and is awarded in the beginning of the Fall semester to a returning or incoming student.

How to Apply: Selection of the winning entry from submitted works will be made by the playwriting instructor and an appropriate committee.

Due Date: Scripts will be accepted on or before the last official day of classes in each Spring semester.

Paul Ryan Hutton Memorial Award

This award, in memory of an undergraduate theater major, is given to a sophomore, junior or, in an exceptional case, a senior theater major who has at least two semesters of course work remaining.

Applicants should be planning a career in theater and demonstrate exceptional ability and assertiveness in his or her area of interest as well as a good academic record. The award provides $1000 to assist the student in completing an internship designed for gaining practical theater experience prior to graduation. The recipient must be prepared to enroll for at least one credit of independent study guided by a faculty mentor during the internship period.

How to Apply: Candidates should write a proposal outlining the nature of the internship and a brief rationale of its usefulness and submit it to the Scholarship Committee. The proposal should include information about the theater company and a written statement from a theater faculty mentor agreeing to supervise the internship. If classes are to be missed, a detailed plan for completing missed classes, for taking alternative classes or otherwise integrating the internship into the normal degree process, must be included. The faculty mentor and the Committee may help student applicants with the process.

Due Date: November 4th

Paul E. Randall Memorial Scholarship

In honor of the Department of Theater's founder and first chairperson, a $1000 tuition-remission scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior who has demonstrated talent in an area of theater study and who has financial need.

How to Apply: Students should nominate themselves by providing a letter and resume to the Committee. The letter should expand briefly on the highlights of the student's career in theater to date and state what this award would allow the student to accomplish the next year which might not otherwise be possible. The Scholarship Committee will schedule an interview, if necessary, and recommend a candidate to the theater faculty who will select the recipient.

Due Date: April 1st

Domenic Spagnola, Jr. Memorial Award

This scholarship is in memory of an undergraduate Theater Department Alumnus (BA 1981). This cash award of $500 goes to a graduating theater major who has participated in at least one of Temple Theaters mainstage productions the previous year and has at least a 2.75 cumulative grade-point-average.

How to Apply: The Theater Scholarship Committee will recommend a candidate to the theater faculty who will select the recipient.

The Doug Wing Memorial Scholarship

In honor of one of Philadelphia's most respected and talented actors, this award will be presented to an incoming undergraduate student with financial need who intends to specialize in acting. The student must demonstrate a high degree of acting talent through an audition for the Scholarship Committee.

How to Apply: Applicants must have applied for and been declared eligible for financial aid by the University Financial Aid Office to receive the scholarship. We invite all students who think they may be eligible for financial aid to request audition dates and information from the department.

Due Date: All Financial Aid forms are due at Temple University by March 15th for Transfer Students and March 31st for incoming Freshman. Please call the department at 215.204.1324 for audition dates.

Gladys Gordon Memorial Award for Theater

Established in 2004 by a bequest from Gladys Gordon, EDU '35, '72, and others to provide awards for outstanding students majoring in theater. The award amount is approximately $1,000.

Beatrice Deglin Leder Theater Award Fund

Established in 2000 by Beatrice Deglin Legder, EDU '42, to provide an award for a graduating theater major who has demonstrated outstanding achievement as an actor, director, designer, stage manager, technician or dramaturge. This award is approximately $1,000.

Adeline L. Wachman Endowed Scholarship in Theater Fund

Established in 2003 by Marvin Wachman to provide scholarships for undergraduate students majoring in theater who demonstrate financial need and academic achievement. This award is approximately $1,500.

Zelma H. Weisfeld Scholarship Fund

Established in 2003 by Zelma Weisfeld, CLA '53, to provide scholarships for students in the department of theater who are studying costume design, with preference given to graduate students. This scholarship is approximately $2,000.