Financial Aid

The Department of Theatre & Dance offers opportunities for financial aid, including the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Program, the Evans Scholarship for Theatre and Dance, and employment opportunities for students with Federal Work Study awards.  Eligibility for Federal Work Study is determined through the Office of Financial Aid.

Presidential Scholars in the Arts

The Department of Theatre & Dance at the George Washington University offers competitive tuition remission scholarships, as part of the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program.

Within the Theatre & Dance program area, scholarships are awarded in the areas of dance, acting and design/technical production, based upon information on the application, support materials and the audition/interview process held on the university campus.

Scholarships are only awarded to undergraduate students admitted to the entering freshmen class. Recipients must demonstrate talent and determination with intentions of pursuing further training and experience while at the university in dance, theatre or theatrical design to be considered for one of these highly competitive scholarships.

Recipients must complete a major or a minor in their area of expertise within the department and are required to register each semester for course work in the area for which the scholarship is awarded. Recipients participate each semester in dance, acting, or design technical production activities sponsored or sanctioned by the department. Presidential Scholars in acting and dance are required to audition each semester for all department productions. For complete scholarship requirements, please contact the Department of Theatre & Dance.

Subject to annual review of academic and participation requirements, scholarships are renewed for four years. Recipients are not required to re-audition for the scholarship each year.

Application and Audition Requirements

To be considered for the Presidential Scholarship, students must fulfill the application requirements for regular freshman admission.  Please see the links below for additional requirements and detailed instructions on how to apply.

To apply, please visit:

Awards will be based on auditions to be held on February 3, 2018. Applicants will be contacted after January 5 to schedule auditions.

Details about the audition process coming soon.


NOTE: Applicants are welcome to audition/interview in as many areas as they feel qualified. Actors and dancers who have also developed skills in technical production are encouraged to audition in both areas. However, a candidate may receive only one award. Application in multiple fields may require the applicant to be present for both audition/interview days.

For more information on the application and audition dates, please contact:

Keri Schultz, Department Operations Manager or (202)994-8072


Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study (FWS) is a federally-funded work program for students to earn wages during college while working for nonprofits, educational institutions, government and community service employers.

At GW, the FWS program is administered by the Student Employment staff of the Career Center and the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA). Students must meet eligibility requirements, and apply and accept their financial aid package - including the FWS Award - each year through the OSFA.

GW FWS students can apply and interview for the following positions in the Department of Theatre & Dance:

  • Costume Shop Assistant
    Duties include, but are not limited to, costume construction and alteration, as well as maintenance of the Theatre & Dance costume stock. Knowledge of basic sewing skills is preferred, but on-the-job training will be provided.
  • Main Office Assistant
    General office work. Duties include, but are not limited to: updating files, copying, faxing, typing, answering phones, responding to emails, etc. Students will need to learn basic information about the academic program and related
    productions in order to answer questions from prospective students, etc. The candidate should have good communication skills, be computer literate, organized, punctual, and friendly!
  • Promotions Office Assistant
    Duties include, but are not limited to postering and publicizing MainStage shows, returning phone calls and emails, and working in the box-office during MainStage productions. The candidate should have good communication skills, the ability to work unsupervised, and be computer literate. Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is a plus, but not required. The student must be available to work evenings of MainStage performances.
  • Scene Shop Assistant
    Duties include, but are not limited to, scenic construction, painting, props construction, and installation and setup of scenery. Some experience with carpentry and set construction preferred. The work is physical in nature, and the applicant must be willing to get dirty.

These positions are available in the Fall, and last through the academic year. FWS students are considered student temporary employees and are required to present appropriate identification and paperwork prior to commencing employment. Once hired, students receive an hourly wage and biweekly paychecks.

Click here for more information about the Federal Work Study program at GW.