Awards and Scholarships

There are a number of grants, scholarships, and awards available to Ohio Thespians.

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Administrator of the Year Award

To recognize principals and superintendents who support theatre within their schools, EdTA: Ohio Chapter has created an Administrator’s Award plaque which will be presented during the State Conference awards ceremony on Sunday. If you are an active Thespian Troupe registered for conference and are blessed with a supportive administrator, nominate him or her by submitting a letter of nomination.
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Ginny Chizer Scholarship

Ginny Chizer applications will be reviewed by members of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association State Board. Because this scholarship is a tribute to Ginny Chizer and her dedication to theatre education and Ohio Thespians, board members will be looking for applicants who have demonstrated active participation as Thespians on the local and state levels. In addition, board members will be looking for students with the potential to be leaders in the field of theatre education. Finalists will be invited to interview before a panel of judges including an Ohio Thespian Troupe Director, a college representative and a representative from the Educational Theatre Association home office. The winner will be announced at the State Conference closing ceremonies. The scholarship will be sent directly to the student’s college.
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Bob Fose Scholarship

Bob Fose applications will be reviewed by members of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association State Board. Because this scholarship is a tribute to Bob Fose and his dedication to Ohio Thespians, the board members will be looking for applicants who have demonstrated active participation as Thespians on the local and state levels. Five applicants will be invited to audition before a panel of judges including an Ohio Thespian Troupe Director, a college representative and a representative from the Ohio Educational Theatre Association home office. The winner will be announced at the State Conference closing ceremonies. The scholarship will be sent directly to the student’s college.


1. Applicants must be registered Thespians.

2. Applicants must be regularly enrolled in an Ohio high school and planning to graduate in the current year.

3. The recipient must use the scholarship to further his or her education with a major or minor in one of the

communicative arts (theatre, film, speech, broadcast, music or dance) at a recognized university or college.

4. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA based on a 4.0 scale. A guidance counselor must verify the GPA.

5. Applicants must attend State Conference (virtually).

6. Application materials, in their entirety, must be submitted by March 30, 2021.


1. Complete the Bob Fose Scholarship Application form.

2. List your troupe director’s name and email address on the application form. A troupe director’s letter of recommendation is required.

3. List your guidance counselor’s name and email address on the application form for certification of your GPA.

4. Write a personal statement outlining your intended course of study as well as your reasons for selecting this course of study. Also, discuss how your involvement in high school theatre in general and in Ohio Thespians in particular has influenced this decision.

5. Submit a typed resume in the prescribed format. An example accompanies this application. Because the Bob Fose Scholarship is meant for a student who has been an active participant in Ohio Thespians, pay particular attention to the resume sections entitled “Local/Area/State Thespian Activities” and “Area/State/International Thespian Conference Attended.”

6. Complete the Bob Fose Scholarship Survey.

7. For the audition, select two contrasting pieces totaling no more than five minutes. The pieces may be monologues, musical presentations or dance presentations. You are responsible for providing recorded accompaniment and sound equipment if needed. Students interviewing for technical productions, design or playwriting will also be given five to 10 minutes. Please present a portfolio of your work and be prepared to discuss it. All time limits will be strictly enforced!

8. Plan to participate in a five to ten-minute interview with the judges if you advance to the audition round.

9. Submit all application materials to

10. Submit all application materials by March 30, 2021.

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Hall of Fame

The Educational Theatre Association Ohio Chapter Hall of Fame has been established to honor those individuals who have given outstanding service to Ohio EdTA and Ohio Thespians.


  1. Any current Ohio EdTA adult member may submit a letter of nomination.
  2. Letters of nomination should be sent to Justin Drummond no later than Monday, February 11, 2019.
  3. Letters should contain the following information: (a) the full name and title (if appropriate) the nominee, (b) the current school, business, community, or organizational affiliation of the nominee, (c) any previous such affiliations that contribute to the nominee’s qualifications, (d) a list of the specific contributions the nominee has made to the work of the organization, (e) a statement by the person submitting the letter that he/she has researched and verified the accuracy of the information contained in the letter.


  1. The nominee must have served Ohio EdTA in a significant manner over a period of several years.
  2. The nominee may be a college/university professor or instructor, a conference host, an All-Ohio Show Director or Tech Director, a workshop or in-service presenter, a former Thespian Troupe director, a businessman, a parent, or a member of the community at large. 
  3. The contributions of the nominee may have focused on one or more areas which either advanced theatre education for students and teachers or advanced the organization’s ability to serve its members.


  1. In any one year, the number of those elected to the Hall of Fame may vary from none to four. (0 to 4)
  2. The nominees will be presented to the Board for final selection. After approval by the Board, Chapter Director will notify the honorees and invite them to be present for an induction presentation during the State Conference.
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Honor Troupe Application

Honor Troupe recognition is to promote excellence within your troupe and to challenge your troupe to achieve greater things in the future. Any number of troupes can be recognized each year. You are not in competition with other Thespian Troupes.

  1. Honor Troupe Awards will be divided into three categories: bronze, silver, and gold. The timeframe for troupe activities one school calendar year. Applications are due at/by Leadership Conference for the previous year’s activities. The awards will be announced at the State Thespian Conference.
  2. Any school that meets the criteria, completes the necessary paperwork, and successfully participates in an interview session may earn an Honor Troupe Award. Any number of troupes may be honored in each category.
  3. Each troupe is responsible for submitting a portfolio. Included in the portfolio should be evidence of involvement which can be shown through pictures, newspaper clippings, minutes of Thespian meetings, correspondence, etc. There must be proof for all activities. The book must be in the order listed on the Honor Troupe Application.
  4. One student should be selected to participate in the interview process in order to answer any questions about the application and scrapbook.
  5. The Thespian Troupe does not need to be present at the State Thespian Conference to receive recognition.
  6. In order to achieve each level, the troupe must score at the designated level or above in all categories.
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Jimmy Humphries Scholarship

Thanks to former Board Member and long-time friend of Ohio Thespians, we will be awarding a scholarship for a graduating senior who will be majoring in technical theatre, stage management and/or arts management. The recipient will be selected based upon a troupe director recommendation. The recipient will be announced at the closing ceremonies at the Ohio Thespian Conference, and the award should be a surprise to the student.


1. The student should plan to attend a college with an intended major in technical theatre, stage management, and/or arts management.

2. The nominee should be the one student who has been the “go to” student for technical work in your program.

3. Each troupe director may nominate one student.

4. There is no GPA requirement.

5. The student must be an inducted member of your Thespian troupe.

6. The recipient must be in attendance at the closing ceremonies at the Ohio Thespian State Conference


Jimmy Humphries dedicated his working life to nurturing technical theatre students through his work with Ohio Thespians and as the Technical Director at Wittenberg University. He went into this field because his high school teacher encouraged him to do so. This scholarship should go to a student who needs that extra push to pursue his/her ambitions in technical theatre. While there is no GPA requirement, the student should be accepted into a university theatre program. In addition, while this is a merit-based scholarship, financial need could be a factor in whom you select to nominate.


1. Compose a letter of nomination that addresses how this student has contributed to your troupe’s technical theatre program. If you have a copy of the student’s resume, attach that. If you do not have a resume, please provide details as to production work in your program. In addition, please explain how the student has gone beyond working on productions to help your technical theatre program. If you have additional information that should be used to evaluate the student, please include that in the letter. The letter should be produced in MS Word, double-spaced in a standard font. Please limit your recommendation to 2 pages. The resume can be one additional page.

2. Please email your letter (and resume) as attachments by March 30, 2021. Upon receipt, we will send you a confirmation email in return.

3. Do not tell your student that you nominated him/her. The announcement should be a complete surprise to the recipient. Rather than have students who are disappointed that they didn’t receive it, we want to celebrate the student who is selected.

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Send a Troupe to Ohio Thespian State Conference

This grant was created by the Educational Theatre Association: Ohio Chapter state board to mimic a similar program started by the International Thespian Society in 2011 for Thespian Festival. The goal of this board is to raise enough money yearly, through sales at the boutique and silent auction at conference, for one troupe to have the opportunity to attend the Ohio State Thespian Conference. This would give their troupe the opportunity to join other students and teachers from the state in seeing exceptional performances, participate in workshops to sharpen their skills, and audition for college admission and scholarships.

This grant is for one current Thespian troupe that has been unable to attend state conference for the past three years and can demonstrate financial barriers to attending. The application can be submitted by a Thespian troupe director or an inducted Thespian with the approval of the troupe director.

The selected troupe will receive a one-time grant to cover its state conference registration fees, for a teacher, up to 12 inducted Thespians, and one additional chaperone, plus travel fees to and from the conference.

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Southwest Area Scholarship

The Southwest Area Scholarship recognizes exceptional southwest area thespians hoping to study theatre or theatre education after high school.
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Herb Sprowls Grant

Herb Sprowls, having been a Thespian since he was in high school, continued to contribute to the art of theatre, first as the conference registrar’s assistant, and later offering his services as the official chauffeur, driving many a workshop presenter and conference guest to the airport. He was posthumously inducted into the Ohio EdTA Hall of Fame in 2002. In recognition of his years of service to Ohio Thespians, the Ohio EdTA Board created a grant for selected students in his memory. This grant is Herb’s legacy to Ohio’s theatre students. 

Each grant recipient will receive:

  • Ohio State Thespian Conference registration fees
  • Individual Events registration (if registered)
  • Shuttle bus service (if registered)
  • Hotel charges, not to exceed $50.00, as verified by the Thespian’s Troupe Director
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Theatre Educator of the Year

Do you know an inspiring theatre educator in Ohio? We would love to honor their work and commitment.

This award is open to any educator at a K-12 public, private or charter school that has an active Thespian or Jr. Thespian Troupe. In the past, we have honor drama teachers, directors, and technical theatre teachers at both the middle and high school level.

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