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Jest Laugh Scholarship

1 winner$2,000
Application Deadline
Apr 1, 2025
Winners Announced
May 1, 2025
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Field of Study:

Mastering the arts of humor and improv is both challenging and expensive, placing a significant financial burden on aspiring performers.

The high costs associated with college programs have made education after high school inaccessible to the average student. Artistic fields can be particularly difficult for lower-income students to break into, as many students with loans opt to pursue fields that offer high entry-level salaries immediately after graduation.

This scholarship aims to support students who are beginning to pursue their theatrical dreams through higher education by providing financial assistance.

Any undergraduate student in a theater program may apply for this scholarship, but applicants with improv experience and a focus on humor are preferred.

To apply, tell us about a time when humor helped you overcome an obstacle and how this experience affected your understanding of the role of comedy. Additionally, tell us about your theater experience and what you hope to do with your theater degree.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published June 7, 2024
Essay Topic

Write about a moment in your life when humor helped you overcome a challenge or difficult situation. How did this experience shape your understanding of the role comedy can play in our lives and in the arts? 

Please detail your theater experience and what you'd like to do with your theater degree in the future. If you've done comedic crowd work and/or improv in the past, please be sure to specify this!

400–600 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 1, 2025. Winners will be announced on May 1, 2025.