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The School of Dramatic Arts strongly encourages you to discuss your financial options with your family or those who may provide support while attending school to select the financial resource(s) that best fit your needs, understanding that most students rely on multiple funding sources. Financing options typically include USC grants or scholarships, Dramatic Arts awards, external scholarships, grants or sponsorships, family resources, and educational loans.
Faculty-Nominated SDA Awards
Thanks to the generosity of friends and alumni, the School of Dramatic Arts is able to provide a number awards to some of our exceptional undergraduate students.
These awards are reserved for students who have completed a minimum of one year as a dramatic arts major at USC, and are granted based on a combination of merit and talent as determined by the Dean and a faculty selection committee in the School of Dramatic Arts.
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Office of Admissions & Student Services
John Ritter Memorial Award
Honors the dramatic arts student who has given the most outstanding comic performance during the season.
David Coleman Dukes Memorial Award
Honors the late actor David Coleman Dukes and is presented to a junior B.A. or B.F.A. acting student who shows exemplary dedication to the craft of acting.
Jack Nicholson Award
Endowed by the actor to provide two annual performance awards to an outstanding actor and actress.
Stanley Musgrove Award
Endowed by the late Mr. Musgrove to provide an annual performance award to the student who has shown the most outstanding creative talent.
John Blankenchip/William C. White Award
Provided by a group of alumni to provide two annual awards to the students who have made an outstanding contribution to the School of Dramatic Arts.
James B. Pendleton Award
Provides one annual award to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to the School of Dramatic Arts.
Ruth and Albert McKinlay Award
Endowed by the late Ruth McKinlay, an alumna of the School of Dramatic Arts, to provide two annual awards, one for the B.A. student with the highest GPA and one to an outstanding B.A. performer.
James and Nony Doolittle Awards
Endowed by the late James A. Doolittle, Los Angeles’ leading theatrical producer, to assist graduates in making the transition from the university to the profession. Each year, four or more monetary awards are given to students upon graduation from the B.A. and B.F.A. programs based on cumulative work during their period of study in the school.
Student Council Award
Established by the Student Council of the School of Dramatic Arts to honor a graduating senior who has been recognized by his or her peers for their contributions to the school.
Nancy Kehr Reed Memorial Award
Established by the Kehr family to provide financial support for independent student productions, including the creation of new plays and musicals.
USC Alumni & Friends Award
Given annually to the student who has made a special contribution to student activities at the school and promises to become an exceptional alumnus.
Paul Allen Backer ISP Award
Established in memory of Paul Allen Backer and presented to a student each year who shows exemplary talent in the creation and production of new plays and musicals within the ISP.
Ritchie M. Spencer Memorial Award
To recognize achievements of an outstanding undergraduate design student as they enter their chosen profession.