Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under The Stars awards merit and needs-based scholarships to outstanding students. The recipients range from performers, designers, directors, technicians, choreographers, and musicians who have been involved in their school’s Tommy Tune production. TUTS and the Tommy Tune Awards have awarded 146 student university scholarships, totaling $454,000 in individual arts-based scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunities Include

        • Ruth Denney Scholarship
        • Sean Rudolph Scholarship for Musical Theatre
        • Tommy Tune Scholarships

Scholarship Qualifications


• Must be a student at a 2020 Tommy Tune Participating School or an Alternate School.
• Must be an active participant in their Tommy Tune Participating School’s musical.
• Must be a graduating senior.
• Must plan to major in theatre, music, dance, arts administration, technical theatre, stage management, light/set/wardrobe design or theatre/music/dance education in college.
• Must maintain a “B” average or above in all areas of academic study. A B average is generally a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a 3.4 on a 4.5 scale.
• Must demonstrate and active participation and passion for performing arts.


• This portion of the application is optional.
• Students must fill out the Financial Aid Application, and include Signed Tax Documents, and Essay Question to be considered for financial scholarship funds.

Requirements to Apply


• Contact information
• Academic Information (including GPA, SAT/ACT scores, extra-curriculars)
• Awards and Honors
• Community Involvement and Service
• Extra-Curricular Activities
• Training and Experience


• Teacher Recommendation Form
• Copy of student transcript or academic record**
• Proof of Acceptance to a College or University:
        – Copy of an acceptance letter or other proof of acceptance to an institution of higher learning in the coming year.
• Financial Information Forms
        – Financial Application (attached to email)
        – Signed Tax Documents
**This can also be emailed to by a guidance counselor


• Required for all Applicants:
        – Who are you as an artist?
        – How does your future in the performing arts tie into the Tommy Tune Awards Core Values of artistry, education, and community?
• Required for Applicants turning in Financial Application:
        – Why would receiving this scholarship be beneficial for you?


• Students must complete all required elements above AND include:
        – A SIGNED copy of most recent Federal Tax Returns.
        – The Financial Application
        – Student Essay question: Why would receiving this scholarship be beneficial for you?