Fine Arts Scholarships and Aid

Wake Forest is making special efforts to assure that students from a broad range of family incomes receive the assistance that they need. Student Financial Aid provides full details and guidelines for applying for financial assistance.

Presidential Scholarships
Presidential Scholarships for Distinguished Achievement recognize up to 20 first-year students who demonstrate a solid academic background and extraordinary achievement in dance, music, art, theatre, and debate. These renewable scholarships are awarded on the basis of application and appropriate evidence of distinction. Though Presidential Scholars need not plan to pursue a major in the area of their talent, they are expected to participate actively in that activity on campus. Interested students must be prepared to present evidence of outstanding talent and are asked by the Presidential Scholarship Committee for documentation of that talent (such as portfolios, debate records, taped performances, published writings, etc.) and recommendations. The program, begun in 1987, further diversifies the interests and abilities of a campus and student body already rich in both.

A separate scholarship application is required and due by December 1Click here for the application.


Additional scholarships as well as work/study assignments are available through the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Dyeann & Henry Jordan Scholarship
Through the generosity of Dyeann and Henry Jordan, a fund to support scholarships for theatre majors was established in 1988. Two scholarships for $2,500 each are offered annually, for junior and senior theatre majors, based on merit. The junior scholarship may be renewed if all requirements continue to be met at the discretion of the committee, upon the request for renewal by the applicant.

Considerations for the scholarship include:

• Focus and commitment to theatre
• Service to the theatre
• Excellence of character
• Exceptional artistic and intellectual achievements in the theatre
• 2.5 minimum GPA in all theatre courses attempted
• 2.0 minimum overall GPA

Recipients who are applying for consideration for renewal are required to submit a report to the committee detailing the work which the student has undertaken during the year and describing how the scholarship has facilitated this work, along with their application.

Johnnie Collins III Drama Scholarship
From a generous bequest from Johnnie Collins III, this scholarship will be awarded annually to a student in the spring of his or her freshman year. The scholarship will be presented to the student “judged to show the most promise for succeeding in the professional entertainment field, as opposed to educational or amateur theatre.”

Harold C. Tedford Travel Award
This scholarship is awarded to a rising Junior or Senior Theatre major in recognition of excellence in service and achievement in the area of producing theatrical activities involving performance, writing or history and demonstrating the following qualities: Initiative, Creativity, Innovation, Inspiration, Leadership, Collaboration, Involvement, Service, Vision, Joy.

The award is intended to be used for travel by the student and may be applied to the cost of departmental sponsored trips (London or NY) or may be given in cash for this purpose at the discretion of the award committee.

The funds for this award are given in honor of Dr. Harold C. Tedford in appreciation of his years of dedication, inspiration, and service to the Wake Forest University Theatre.

Expectations of students who receive scholarships
Students receiving scholarships or other funding are expected to remain active in and contribute to our programs and activities. To this end, we expect all scholars to:

• Attend official departmental events including performances, workshops, guest lectures, master classes, receptions, etc.
• Take on a major production responsibility each semester;
• Attend mainstage workcalls and strikes;
• To represent the department in official social circumstances, including meeting with prospective students and parents;
• To maintain ongoing contact with the department through our weekly meetings and contact with a mentor. Mentors are initially assigned by the department. Students are encouraged to select a mentor for future semesters from among the faculty and staff of the department.