Grants & Scholarships

Scholarships for Incoming Students

Talent Scholarship for Theatre Arts

The Talent Scholarship for Theatre Arts is for first-time freshmen and transfer students not necessarily majoring or minoring in theatre. Grants are for $1000-3000 based on need and are renewable for up to four years based on the recommendation of the Theatre Arts faculty. Recommendation for renewal for the third and fourth year will be limited to majors and minors. For information, contact the Admissions Office and the Producer. 

Scholarships for Current Students

John Brendan Hallinan Primm Department Honors Award

Our highest honor, this award is given to a student who demonstrates the spirit of our department through dedication to theatre coursework, passion for the production process and outstanding support of fellow theatre peers.

Martie Kaump Award

This is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding artistic achievement and student leadership. The criteria for this award includes the following: student is able to work independently, uses research tools in academic work, is able to formulate long-range goals, is reasonably successful in mentoring less experienced students, has completed 70 credits and maintained a grade point of 3.2 or higher.

Mary Frances Green Murphy Award

Awarded to a Theatre Arts major who has attained junior standing. The scholarship recipient must have demonstrated all around excellence in several of the following areas: growth in chosen area, breadth of knowledge, a strong academic interest, collaborative working skills, an excellent work ethic, and leadership skills. In addition, the scholarship recipient will demonstrate financial need and exhibit great enthusiasm for and dedication to his/her chosen field.


In 1938 Mary Frances “Mickey” Green Murphy arrived in Madison from Woodstock, Illinois and began what her daughters would call “A Love Affair with Edgewood College,” then a two-year college. Daughters Sue (Murphy) Hereley ’65 and Eileen Murphy ’69 would follow her lead to Edgewood College and discover their own passions for a place their mother truly loved. In July of 2003, prior to their mother’s passing in August of 2004, Eileen created the Mary Frances Green Murphy Theatre Scholarship to honor their mother and financially support students, who like Mickey are dedicated to theatre.

Sr. Marie Aileen Klein Scholarship

Awarded to a major or minor in Theatre Arts or Theatre Education who demonstrates financial need. This award may be offered to a current student or an underclassman entering Edgewood College. The student must show exceptional achievement or potential for exceptional achievement in some or all of the following areas: collaborative working skills, dependability, and work ethic, growth in knowledge, high academic interest, and classroom work.

David A. Raagas

The David A. Raagas “Big Kahuna” Memorial Award

The David A. Raagas “Big Kahuna” Memorial Award is to be awarded to students interested in the arts, theatre, film, and/or creative writing. The award is named in memory of David A. Raagas to provide financial support for students who share his love and passion for the arts. The awardee will be determined by the theatre arts department and receive the award at the annual Theatre Department Banquet.