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Gene Kelly Awards Scholarships

“I just wanted to thank you for all of the hard work that you put into the Kellys to make a night like that not only possible, but a smashing success. North Hills may not have won anything Saturday night, but the support and encouragement I personally received from so many means more to me than award ever could.” Katie Esswein (Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominee, 2008), Student, North Hills

Cash Scholarships
CLO Ambassador's Scholarships
CLO Guild Scholarships
University Scholarships

Cash Scholarships

The Gene Kelly Awards Cash Scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors participating in the Gene Kelly Awards. Interested students must be nominated by their school and have applied and been accepted to a school for the performing or technical arts. These students represent the vision and integrity of the Gene Kelly Awards as demonstrated through their artistic and academic excellence. Scholarships amounts vary.

Eligibility

  • A participating Gene Kelly Awards school may nominate all eligible graduating seniors who are participating in its 2015 musical.
  • The student must have contributed to their musical in one of the following areas: acting, singing, dance, stage management, technical theater/design.
  • The student must be a senior in good standing at their high school and with the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards.
  • Interested students must have applied and been accepted to a school for the performing or technical arts.
  • The scholarship is based upon artistic and academic merit.
  • The student must audition or present a portfolio.

Application Process

  • The school must submit the required School Nomination Form by March 6, 2015. This form must be completed by a principal, teacher, or school counselor.
  • The student must submit a completed Student Application Form by March 6, 2015.
  • The student must prove acceptance to a certified Higher Education Program for the performing or technical arts by March 30, 2015.
  • The student will audition at the Pittsburgh CLO Academy before an independent panel of judges. Final scoring will be based on the student’s audition, essay, and academic scores. Pittsburgh CLO will notify students of the outcome.
  • Recipients of the scholarship will receive a cash scholarship and one complimentary ticket to attend the Gene Kelly Awards, where they will be honored for their achievement.

Click here to download an application

Audition Information

Location:

Pittsburgh CLO Academy
Penn Avenue Place
130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact: 412-281-2234 x106 or gkawards@pittsburghclo.org

CLO Ambassadors’ Scholarships

Pittsburgh CLO Ambassador Scholarships recognize the hard work of participating students both on stage and behind the scenes, and are awarded to students pursuing a college major outside of the arts. Interested students must be nominated by their school. Scholarships amounts vary.
 

Eligibility

  • A participating Gene Kelly Awards school may nominate seniors who are participating in any aspect of its 2015 musical (performer, designer, stage crew, etc.).
  • The student must be a senior in good standing at their high school and with the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards.
  • The student must have applied and been accepted to an accredited 4-year college or university.
  • The student should exemplify the collaborative nature of theater, working well with both other students and adult   advisors.
  • The student should be identified as having gone above and beyond their defined role in the 2015 musical.
  • Ideally, the student should be able to articulate how the experience of working on the musical has made a positive impact on their goals and outlook.

Application Process

  • The school must submit the required School Nomination Form by March 6, 2015. This form must be completed by a principal, teacher, or school counselor.
  • The student must submit a completed Student Application Form by March 6, 2015.
  • The student must provide proof of acceptance to an accredited 4-year college or university by March 6, 2015. (Declared major does not have to be in the performing or technical arts.)
  • Final scoring will be determined by a panel of CLO Ambassadors and theater professionals.
  • Recipient(s) of the scholarship will receive a cash scholarship and one complimentary ticket to attend the Gene Kelly Awards, where they will be honored for their achievement.

Click here to download an Ambassador Scholarship application.

For more information, please contact: 

412-281-2234 x106 or gkawards@pittsburghclo.org

CLO Guild Scholarships

The CLO Guild - Constance T. Rockwell Performing Arts Scholarship Program recognizes well-rounded individuals with regard to financial need, experience, and scholarship merit as well as school and community involvement. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a degree in theater arts.

Scholarships are amounts are TBD. Scholarships must be applied towards tuition for the student’s freshman year at an accredited college, university, or conservatory that offers a four-year program in theater or performing arts, e.g. dance, drama, music, voice, costume design, set design, lighting, or sound.
 

Eligibility

  • Students do not need to be nominated by their school to apply.
  • The student must be a senior in good standing at their high school and with the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards.
  • Scholarships are limited to students interested in pursuing a degree in theater arts.
  • Student must have applied and been accepted to an accredited college, university, or conservatory that offers a four-year program with a requisite audition prior to submitting an application.
  • If a student receives a full scholarship from any other source, he or she will not be eligible for the Constance T. Rockwell Scholarship. However, those receiving a partial scholarship or scholarships are eligible.

Criteria for Determination of Semi-Finalists

  • Applicants will be evaluated with regard to financial need, experience, and scholarship merit, as well as school and community involvement.
  • All applicants will receive notification of their status after the committee has thoroughly reviewed all applications. Each semi-finalist will be interviewed by, and audition for, the scholarship committee.
     

Click here for more information and to locate the Guild Scholarship application form.

University Scholarships

POINT PARK UNIVERSITY

Point Park University, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, is pleased to provide two Conservatory scholarships and one Sports, Arts, & Entertainment Management (SAEM) scholarship to be awarded at the 2015 CLO Gene Kelly Awards.

Available Scholarship and Value

  • The Conservatory scholarships will be awarded in two categories: Performance and Stage Management. Each award will be a four year $5,000 scholarship.
  • The SAEM scholarship will be a four year $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

  • All students who participate in the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards as a member of a participating high school are eligible for scholarship consideration.
  • Candidates for these scholarships should be completing their senior year of high school, and have applied and been academically accepted to Point Park University.
  • Each Candidate is expected to also have completed an audition and/or interview and received artistic acceptance into Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts Theatre or Dance Department, or the Sports, Arts, & Entertainment Management Department.

Application Process

  • Students interested in being considered for either award should contact Joseph McGoldrick, Director of Artistic Recruitment, Conservatory of Performing Arts, at jmcgoldrick@pointpark.edu or Teresa Gregory, Sports, Arts, & Entertainment Management Director, at 412-392-4741 or tgregory@pointpark.ed. All needed information and forms must be submitted by April 1, 2015. The Recipients will be announced the evening of the Kelly awards.

Terms of the Award

  • The recipient must enroll as a full-time student at Point Park University for the fall term of 2015.

Click here to download the SAEM Scholarship Application