Theatre and Dance Scholarships

*Scholarships and awards are listed in ascending order of class (freshmen through graduating seniors)*

General scholarships Information

  • School of the Arts Merit Scholarships are awarded independent of financial need.
  • They are granted to both prospective and continuing students who demonstrate exceptional talent, artistic and academic achievement, and potential for growth.
  • Merit Scholarships may be renewed depending on the specifications of each scholarship.
  • Merit scholarships are credited toward tuition.
  • Performing Arts Awards, separate from scholarships, are also granted independent of financial need.
    • They are paid directly to graduating students chosen on the basis of exceptional talent and demonstrated achievement at Geneseo.
  • All prospective students who, following an audition/interview taken prior to March 1, are admitted to the School of the Arts and meet the qualifications for any of the scholarships listed will automatically be considered.
  • Prospective students who are offered a scholarship will be notified shortly after April 1 and must accept their awards and admission to the college no later than May 1.
  • Continuing students will be notified of their awards shortly after May 1.
  • Audition/interview requirements for scholarships, which may be described below, are explained in detail in a brochure Interviews and Auditions at Geneseo. For further information, or to schedule an audition, write to:

Secretary, Department of Theatre and Dance 
SUNY Geneseo 
1 College Circle 
Geneseo, NY 14454
or call (585) 245-5824 any business day during the hours 8:30 to 12 noon, or 1:30-3:30 PM.


Theatre Scholarships and Awards

  • Geneseo Community Players Scholarship in Theatre
    • an annually variable amount to an entering or continuing Theatre Major
  • Hubert and Gertrude Chanler Endowed Scholarships in Theatre
    • $500- $1000. scholarships to Theatre Majors with exceptional achievement in theatre arts
  • Alice Hart Kneller '30 Endowed Scholarship in Theatre
    • $2000. to a junior or senior with exceptional talent in theatre arts and high academic achievement
  • John Delelys Memorial Award in Theatre
    • $400. to a graduating senior for outstanding contributions to theatre
  • Geneseo Community Players Richard Story Award in Theatre
    • $250. to a graduating senior for excellence in design and technical theatre
  • Geneseo Community Players Robert Sinclair Award in Theatre
    • $250. to a graduating senior for excellence in acting or directing for student productions


Dance Scholarships and Awards

  • Bertha V. B. Lederer Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Dance
    • $500. to a junior or senior Dance Minor or Dance Concentrator

  • Hubert and Gertrude Chanler Endowed Scholarship For Excellence in Dance Studies
    • $500. to a freshman or sophomore Dance Minor or Dance Concentrator

  • Dr. Myrtle Merritt Annual Scholarships for Contribution to Dance Studies Program
    • $500. to junior or senior Dance Minor or Dance Concentrator

  • Nona Schurman Annual Scholarship in Dance Composition
    • $500. to a Dance Minor or Dance Concentrator talented in dance composition

  • Sue-Ann Queen Kreuter Memorial Scholarship for Dedication to Dance Studies
    • $500. to a junior or senior Dance Minor or Dance Concentrator

 Click here to view recent Dance Scholarship Recipients