The Theatre and Performance Studies (TAPS) Program offers a limited number of scholarships for talented incoming first-year and undergraduate transfer TAPS majors. If awarded and the student meets the requirements below, they may be eligible to hold this scholarship for up to four years, depending on the availability of funds.

Award Amounts

Students can earn between $3,000 - $6,000 per year.

- Incoming Freshman Award: $12,000 - $24,000 (Renewable up to 4 years)

- Incoming Transfer or Continuing Student Award: $6,000 - $12,000 (Renewable up to 2 years)

Submission Process

1. Apply to Governors State University as a first-year or transfer student.

2. Submit the following items through the application in Scholarship Universe at govst.scholarshipuniverse.com.

a. A brief 250-500 word essay summarizing theatre experience and academic/professional goals.

 Two letters of recommendation (one from a teacher who is familiar with your theatre experience; one personal recommendation).

One or more of the following:

A link to Vimeo of a two-minute monologue (classical or contemporary).

d. A digital portfolio of design/tech work.

e. A writing sample about a theatre-related topic.

Application and Renewal Guidelines

To receive and maintain this scholarship, a student must enroll and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester which include appropriate courses for the TAPS major. Renewal is subject to availability of funds. Additionally, the student must:

a. Apply and be accepted at Governors State University.

b. Must satisfy AIM High criteria. Learn more.

c. Declare a TAPS major or minor.

d. Maintain a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average in TAPS courses.

e. Maintain a minimum 2.75 overall grade point average in all Governors State courses.

f. Participate in at least one TAPS production per year.

g. Compliance with all university codes of conduct.

Priority review begins on March 15th - Deadline: May 1st



For more specific information on any of our Creative Talent Scholarships, reach out to us at CreativeArts@govst.edu or call us at 708-534-4010.