Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance Department of TheatreCollege of Liberal Arts


Through the endowments and generosity of supporters and alumni, multiple scholarships are available to Theatre majors at Purdue. The Scholarship Committee or faculty and staff of the Department of Theatre select the award(s) for applicants. All recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA in theatre courses.


To apply for all scholarships, please complete a single application. The application deadline for incoming freshmen is January 25, 2021.
Incoming Student Application
Returning Student Application

For more information, please contact:
Professor Rusty Jones
Chair of the Purdue Theatre Scholarship Committee
(765) 494-0973

Available Scholarships

To learn more about each of the scholarships, click the "+" to expand your selection. 


Established in 2009 and funded exclusively by contributions to the Purdue Theatre Guild.

Criteria: New or continuing theatre majors who have demonstrated exceptional skills, a positive attitude, and a strong, intrinsic work ethic.

Established in 1977, the Theatre Merit Scholarship recognizes the talent and merit of incoming Theatre Majors.

Criteria: Incoming Theatre majors who have been actively involved in high school theatre programs and show exceptional promise.

Established in 2012 by Gary and Carolyn Roberts Planck, this scholarship is awarded to in-state Theatre majors.

Criteria: Theatre majors who are Indiana residents.

Established in 1962 by the friends and colleagues of Robert and Lillian Stewart. Robert Stewart was former Treasurer and Vice President at Purdue University.

Criteria: Theatre majors with financial needs that are making a “very credible contribution as citizens.”

Established in December 1999 by Mary Ann Combs (BS 1954, History; MS 1991, Education) in memory of her mother, Marietta Stallard Kettelhut (BS 1927, CFS).

Criteria: Declared freshman Theatre majors who have demonstrated academic excellence; renewable scholarship.

Established in 2006 by alumni, colleagues and friends of Professor Dorothy Runk Mennen. Professor Mennen, distinguished alumna and award-winning educator, served as a role model for both students and teachers for more than 50 years.

Criteria: Merit-based scholarship given to upperclassmen (junior or senior with at least one semester of additional study remaining at Purdue) who have made outstanding artistic or craft contributions during their years of studying theatre at Purdue and who have provided notable support and encouragement of their fellow students.

Established in August 1999 by Peter and Hope Schneider, Robert and Caroline Brunner, and others in honor of Joe Stockdale and Ross Smith. Joe Stockdale was Professor of Theatre at Purdue for over 25 years and director of the LORT Purdue Professional Theatre Company. Ross Smith was a Purdue faculty member from 1942 through 1967 and became head of the Theatre Department in 1947. Professors Smith and Stockdale were the inaugural recipients of the Purdue Theatre Legacy Award. Smith served as co-chair of the Purdue Playshop with Stockdale, who co-founded the Purdue Professional Theatre Company.

Criteria: New or returning theatre majors who have demonstrated exceptional merit.

Established in 2017 by Dr. H. Thomas Moore III, a 1965 alumnus of the Theatre Department.

Criteria: New students of exceptional talent or continuing students who raise the artistic standards of Purdue Theatre.

Established in 2012 by Alan A. Studzinski and Susan Niemczyk Studzinski.

Criteria: Undergraduate in-state Theatre majors.

This scholarship supports the College of Liberal Arts’ commitment to enhancing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment and the belief that diversity of identity and experiential background is essential to educating students to serve the global, pluralistic societies of the 21st century. The scholarship is made possible by an anonymous donor inspired by the communal generosity and individual support received by the donor and spouse. Amount: $1,000. Renewable.

Criteria: Academically well-prepared undergraduate student enrolled in Purdue University’s Department of Theatre – Visual and Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts. Preference will be given to students who enhance sexual and/or gender orientation, race, or ethnic representation among the undergraduate students in the Department. To Apply: This scholarship is administered by the College of Liberal Arts and Department of Theatre. Please contact the CLA Scholarship Administrator with questions.

The College of Liberal Arts offers scholarships for both beginning and continuing students. For more information, visit the CLA Scholarship website, or contact the CLA Scholarship Administrator,


Purdue University provides a number of scholarship opportunities for students with outstanding merit. For more information about these scholarships, see the Purdue Office of Admissions.

For additional information about scholarship opportunities and application procedures, you may visit these sites:

Purdue University Office of Admissions 
Purdue University Division of Financial Aid
College of Liberal Arts Honors and Dean's Scholars Program

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