Due to COVID-19, Kudzu Scholarships have been temporarily paused. We look forward to resuming the awards in 2022.
Application DEADLINE: Annually on April 15
Kudzu Playhouse offers several college scholarships, to be used for tuition expenses in any degree program. Students may apply for any of the awards but may only receive one. Repeat recipients are not permitted. Recipients must be enrolled and attend an accredited institution in the academic year after their selection (verification needed, as scholarship funds are paid directly to the schools).
Eligibility: Graduating high school seniors, current and rising college freshmen and sophomores (less than 50 semester hours at the time of application). Applicants must:
- Be a legal U.S. resident
- Be younger than 21 years old
- Maintain a minimum 2.8 GPA
- Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a full-time course of study
Wesley W. Williamson Memorial Scholarship
Dedicated in memory of a beloved friend, actor, director, teacher, and passionate supporter of the performing arts and Kudzu Playhouse. Provided in partnership with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, the award recognizes a student who understands the importance of providing a safe, welcoming, and encouraging environment where individuals can explore their artistic interests, and who has actively demonstrated a commitment to enriching and participating in programs that provide them.
Jim Anderson Legacy Scholarship
Dedicated in honor of a longtime supporter of the arts in DeSoto County, and specifically Kudzu Playhouse. The award recognizes a student who understands the importance of strengthening the arts programs in our community and/or schools and has actively demonstrated a commitment to supporting and enriching these programs.
Kudzu Playhouse Heritage Scholarship
Recognizes a student whose participation in the arts has affected significant personal growth in areas such as performance skills, technical skills, public speaking, self-confidence/esteem, or an appreciation of literature and the performing arts.
- Complete application(s) via the links above on or before the deadline date. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
- Have ready the following (refer to the application for details):
- Letter(s) of Recommendation
Criteria for Selection:
- The primary criterion is involvement in Kudzu/Kidzu Playhouse productions, fundraising, and promotion.
- Narratives are primarily assessed based on content, although grammar, spelling, and format are considered.
Other Scholarship Opportunities:
Concorde Career College – Kudzu Playhouse Scholarship; $2500 for individuals seeking a career in Healthcare
Kudzu Playhouse is pleased to partner with Concorde Career College to promote education and learning and we are humbled that they have extended this scholarship in our name. Kudzu Playhouse promotes learning in all of our activities and appreciates every opportunity to share that commitment in our community. Kudzu is proud to have Concorde Career College as a valuable partner in presenting quality theatrical education and performances throughout DeSoto County.
Previous Scholarship Winners:
- 2019 Scholarship Winner: Madison Cox
- 2018 Scholarship Winners: Ireland Little & Riley Young
- 2017 Scholarship Winner: Collyn Taylor
- 2016 Scholarship Winners: Sophi Cassino & Jacob Vogelsang
- 2015 Scholarship Winners: Lexie Lang & Erica Peninger
- 2014 Scholarship Winners: Payden Taylor & Olivia Zeringue
- 2013 Scholarship Winner: Hannah Hindman
- 2012 Scholarship Winners: Thomas Simpson & Will Brown