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ACT Cincinnati Scholarships

ACT strongly supports education in the theatrical arts and those young people who choose to pursue it as a career. ACT is proud to provide financial assistance to area college students studying performing arts by sponsoring an annual scholarship competition. Seven performance scholarships, ranging from $350 to $2500, are awarded annually. 
 

“I have always spoken of my time in the local Cincy theatre scene as my most developmental – many of those groups gave me the chance at a VERY young age to do work that, while perhaps not for a salary, was worth a gold mine in experience and freedom.  There’s no question that things like the ACT scholarship helped me make it through CCM and on to other paths of success.”

 

-- Richard Oberacker, Ace and Bandstand composer and two-time ACT Scholarship Winner

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THE DEE WACKSMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A $2,500 scholarship is funded by Howard Wacksman in memory of his wife. The Dee Wacksman Scholarship is offered to undergraduate students with a major in the performing arts, attending Greater Cincinnati area colleges. The scholarship is sent directly to the college to defray the expense of tuition.

The 2022 Dee Wacksman Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Lizzy K. Sundstrom, attending Xavier University.

 
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ACT OF GREATER CINCINNATI, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

A $1,000 scholarship is funded by ACT of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.  The scholarship is sent directly by ACT of Greater Cincinnati Inc. to the award recipient's college to defray the expense of tuition.

The 2022 ACT Cincinnati Scholarship was awarded to Claire M. Northcut, attending Wright State University

 
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THE ROBERT AND HELEN BOOTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A $1,000 scholarship is given in the memory of Larry Weber's maternal grandparents. It is Larry's hope that the winner of this scholarship will share their love of the theatre as Larry's grandparents shared with him. The scholarship is sent directly to the college to defray the expense of tuition.

The 2022 Robert & Helen Booth Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Julia N. Brosas, attending Wright State University.

 
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THE DOROTHY AND FRANK WEBER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

A $1,000 scholarship is funded by arts patron, Larry Weber.  The scholarship is given in the hope that it will help a talented student continue to pursue their studies on the way to a career in a field that can bring joy to others as it has to the Webers. The scholarship is sent directly to the college to defray the expense of tuition.

The 2022 Dorothy & Frank Weber Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Evan N. Kupersmith, attending University of Cincinnati- CCM.

 
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THE CAROL MILLS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

In 2022, an $800 scholarship was funded by Carol's husband, Howard Mills, and Melissa M. Smith. This is the final year of this scholarship. The scholarship is sent directly to the college to defray the expense of tuition.

The 2022 Carol Mills Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Taylor Greny, attending Wright State University.

 
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THE FRESHMAN PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

A $350 scholarship is funded by Melissa M. Smith, and is awarded to the most deserving performance by a freshman at the ACT Performance Scholarship audition.  This winner may not be the recipient of any of the other five scholarships.

This year, two scholarships were awarded to two freshmen.

 

The 2022 Freshman Performing Arts Scholarship was awarded to Emma Massey, attending Wright State University.

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THE SUSANN Q. ROYALTY PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

A $500 scholarship, established in 2020, is funded by Larry Weber and is awarded to a deserving student studying musical theater.  Susann Q. Royalty graduated from Norwood High School where she enjoyed music and performed in several shows while at NHS. Larry honors their 50 year friendship with this scholarship.

The 2022 Susann Q. Royalty Performing Arts Scholarship was awarded to Chloe O. Esmeier, attending Northern Kentucky University.

 
 
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THE FRESHMAN PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

A $350 scholarship, established in 2002, is funded by Rilla Foster and is awarded to the most deserving performance by a freshman at the ACT performance audition.  This winner may not be the recipient of any of the other five scholarships.

This year, two scholarships were awarded to two freshmen.

 

The 2022 Freshman Performing Arts Scholarship was awarded to Wyatt H. Toloczko, attending University of Cincinnati- CCM.

 
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THE CHARLES AVERY MEMORIAL - KEYSTONE TECH SCHOLARSHIP FOR SET DESIGN

A $1,000 scholarship established in 2019 by Greg Schaper, the great-grandson of original Keystone Cop and silent film pioneer Charles Avery. The Charles Avery Memorial - Keystone Scholarship for Set Design is intended for any student (undergraduate or graduate) that is continuing their education in the area of Set Design. This includes Scenic Design, Set Design, Construction, and Decor elements.