Scholarships for both incoming and returning students are available. Scholarships are granted for a single year with half of the amount applied to each semester. Students may reapply each year for scholarship assistance.

Incoming (freshman/transfer) Students

Theatre Scholarships

Require maintenance of a 3.0 gpa and participation in UWGB Theatre Mainstage productions

Returning Students

Theatre Scholarships

Require maintenance of a 3.0 gpa and participation in UWGB Theatre Mainstage productions

First Nighter Scholarships

Funded by our First Nighter donor fund, these scholarships are awarded to returning students who have made strong contributions to the Theatre program while demonstrating high academic achievement

Louis O. Erdmann Memorial Scholarship

A former Chair of the Theatre program and director of numerous productions, Lou He had a passion for social action theatre. He was as likely to be seen working in the scene shop as prowling through the house during rehearsals for productions that frequently included members of the community. This endowed scholarship is awarded in his memory to a returning student who has shown excellence in multiple areas of Theatre while demonstrating high academic achievement

Edward and Marjorie Weidner Scholarship

Edward Weidner was the first Chancellor of UW-Green Bay. His extraordinary vision was instrumental in developing the unique nature of the UW-Green Bay Mission and the development of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. His family's endowed scholarships in the arts are a reflection of his passion for and constant support of the performing arts. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has made strong contributions to the Theatre program while demonstrating high academic achievement

Irene M. Shewalter Scholarship

The Irene M. Shewalter Scholarship in Theatre was created from Irene's estate gift to UW-Green Bay to commemorate her love for students and theatre. Designated for a student with Performance emphasis, this scholarship requires high academic achievement and participation in UWGB Theatre Mainstage productions

Craig Mueller Scholarship

A 1971 graduate of UW Green Bay, Captain Craig Mueller was a commercial airline pilot and avid sailor. After his passing in 2008, his family donated the largest endowed scholarship in the history of the University in his honor. Known as a student who took a very roundabout path towards graduation, his favorite areas of studies were Communication and the Arts.

Application & Selection Process

  1. Apply

    Theatre Scholarship Application

    Those eligible include students:

    • Enrolling for first year or continuing full-time study at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and declaring a major or minor in the theatre discipline.
    • Ranking in the upper fourth of their high school class or having a GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).
    • Eligible to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a full time undergraduate student. Acceptance by the University Admissions Office must be granted prior to consideration for this scholarship.

    Returning students reapply for scholarships each spring. All scholarship requests are reviewed by the Theatre Faculty and awards are made based on a combination of contribution to and growth in theatre, academic achievement and need. Scholarship Awards are made by June 1. Most scholarships require that students maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to receive and retain a scholarship.

    Incoming students fill out a scholarship application and schedule an audition or interview.

  2. Interview/Audition

    All applicants, whether acting, directing, design, dance, or technical theatre, are required to interview or audition before a faculty committee. Design and tech applicants should present evidence of involvement with a portfolio or documentation of work. Performance/Musical Theatre applicants will be asked to present two contrasting monologues or a monologue and a song totaling no more than 5 minutes. Dance applicants should present a dance piece. Songs should be performed with accompaniment. Piano or boom box will be provided if requested. Allow at least 2 weeks notice if an accompanist is needed. The interview will take place during the spring semester.


    • April 15 - Scholarship Application and Supporting Materials
    • May 15 - Audition/Interview completed
  3. Notification

    Applicants will be notified of award by June 1 in a letter from the Scholarship Chairperson of Theatre.

    • Successful applicant must register for a full load (12 credits) or more, and declare a major or minor in theatre. Dance minors must enroll for a dance minor in the Theatre discipline.
    • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 for the first semester in order to receive the second semester portion of an award.
    • Participate in department productions as a cast or crew member. A performance major/minor must audition for each production. A tech major/minor must serve on a crew.

For information on UW-Green Bay Theatre Scholarships contact:

Professor John Mariano, Theatre Scholarship Chair
UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311
(920) 465-2096

Students may apply for other scholarships from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. For information, see your high school counselor or contact the Financial Aid Office, Student Services Building, Room 1200, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311-7001. This and any other scholarships, will be considered as part of a student's total financial aid award if any other aid is awarded.