The first of these is the Michael Cripe Theatre Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student with plans to go into theatre, dance or technical theatre disciplines. The scholarship is given in honor of Michael Cripe, an actor and performer from Elkhart who was a well-loved Elkhart Civic Theatre participant before he embarked on a career in theatre that took him to Broadway and around the world. Before his death in 2015, Michael returned to Elkhart and shared his experience and talents with ECT once again, performing on the Bristol Opera House stage and choreographing and directing many ECT musicals. The scholarship in his name is supported by the Michael Cripe Studio, Elkhart Civic Theatre’s educational program, through the generosity of Michael’s brother, Jeff Cripe, and Label Logic Inc.
In addition, Elkhart Civic Theatre also will be offering the Glenn Gosling Memorial Scholarship, a $500 scholarship for any college-bound student who has been part of Elkhart Civic Theatre’s youth programs or mainstage productions. Gosling, who died in 1983, was an actor and member of the ECT board of directors, with a strong interest in acting, technical theatre and management of the theatre building. This scholarship is supported by ECT and the Gosling family.
All applications must be submitted by mail and must arrive at Elkhart Civic Theatre on or before June 15. Winners of the scholarship awards will be announced July 21, during the opening night performance of “The Prom.”
For further information and to download the required application forms, interested students should go to www.elkhartcivictheatre.org/scholarships.