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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/theatre/academic/scholarships.html

Departmental Scholarships

Once students have become a part of the Department of Theatre & Dance, they are eligible to apply for more than two dozen scholarships offered to returning students. These scholarships range in amount from $1,100 to nearly $2,500 and are awarded, in part, on the students' contributions to the Department. Applications are available in February, with scholarships usually announced in late March for the upcoming year. Students must be Theatre or Dance majors or minors to qualify.

Blethen winner 2014
The Department of Theatre & Dance awarded the Toy Wilson Blethen Fine Arts Awards on May 7, 2014. Here, pictured between Dean Walter Zakahi and Dean Emeritus Jane F. Earley, is this year's winner, Callandra Syverson, spring BFA Musical Theatre graduate.

Scholarship History

Below is a history of scholarships presented between 1987 and the present (current scholars are highlighted; pictures are of the 2013-14 recipients):

Ted and Katy Paul
Ben Stasny, Paul Hustoles, President Richard Davenport

Ted and Katy Paul
Theatre Endowment

2015—Ben Stasny
2014—Sam Stoll
2013—Samuel Juhnke
2012—Kim Steffen
2011—Kim Steffen
2010—Mathias Becker
2009—Micah J. L. Kronlokken
2008—Joey Ford
2007—Angela Hesterman
2006—Angelyn Eve Faust
2005—Trick Danneker
2004—Kathleen Driscoll
2003—Christian D. Bell
2002—Danae M. Schniepp
2001—Melissa Feuchtmann
2000—Melissa Feuchtmann
1999—Daniella Bennett
1998—Spencer Kramber
1997—Patrick Rowan
1996—Camela Kramer
1995—Andrea Bilkey
1994—Kenneth P. Rosen
1993—Kenneth P. Rosen
1992—Jeffrey A. Fastner
1991—Edyth Lawrence
1990—Sandra K. Doble
1989—Timothy Werner
1988—Timothy Werner
1987—Thomas Gibis

Bliese Scholarship
Tom Bliese and Lauren Nelson

The Tom and Harriet Bliese
Theatre Scholarship

2015—Lauren Nelson
2014—Joshua Helgeson

Bock Scholarship
Fred & Karin Bock, Amber Kuennen, President Davenport

The Fred and Karin Bock
Theatre Scholarship

2015—Amber Kuennen
2014—Jaeden Wellner
2013—Whitley Cobb
2012—Curtis Fliegel
2011—Jacob Nathan
2010—Jacob Nathan
2009—Paul Wilson
2008—Paul Davidson

Davenport Scholarship
Mary Davenport, Emily Magnuson, President Richard Davenport

The Richard and Mary Davenport
Theatre Scholarship

2015—Emily Magnuson
2014—Carter Allen
2013—Carter Allen
2012—Dustin Jackson

Carter Allen Earley
President Davenport, Jane Earley, Carter Allen
Jordan Oxborough Earley
President Davenport, Jane Earley, Jordan Oxborough

The Jane F. Earley
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Carter Allen (fall term), Jordan Oxborough
2014—Ben Stasny
2013—Jake McInerney
2012—Adam Moen
2011—J. Alexander Coe

The Larry & Betsy Fowler
Theatre Endowment

2015—Jordan Erickson
2014—Sydney Burch
2013—Chris Jones
2012—Austin England
2011—Natalie Schleusner
2010—Terry Nelson
2009—Joel Partyka

Gasteiro Scholarship
Jake Sullivan, Doris Gasteiro, President Davenport

The Julio and Doris Gasteiro
Theatre
Endowment Scholarship

2015—Jake Sullivan
2014—Jake McInerney
2013—Larissa Schmitz
2012—Kayla Bartlett
2011—Stephen Mark Crisp
2010—RaeAnne Carlson
2009—Mathias Becker
2008—Joel Partyka

Georgius Scholarship
Edna Georgius, James Ehlenz

The Edna and Duane Georgius
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—James Ehlenz
2014—Kendra Verhage
2013—Charisse Danker
2012—Hannah DesMarais
2011—David J. Wasylik

Grundmeier
President Davenport, Shirley Grundmeier, Emily Scinto

The Shirley Grundmeier
Musical Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Emily Scinto
2014—Bridgette Karl
2013—Kaitlin Dahlquist
2012—Lindsay Odegaard
2011—Aaron Alan
2010—J. Alexander Coe
2009—Tristin Rupp
2008—Mathias Becker
2007—Toby Adam Miller
2006—Bryan Gerber
2005—Krystyn Yvonne Spratt
2004—Shawn Ashley Howland
2003—Renée Roy
2002—Justine Carroll
2001—Justine Carroll
2000—Cheryl A. Hoffman
1999—Joshua D. Mitchell
1998—David Tacheny
1997—Elisa Pluhar

Huebsch Scholarship
Timothy Huebsch, Michaela Shapiro, President Davenport

The Timothy Huebsch Emerging
Theatre Artist Scholarship

2015—Emily Scinto

Hustoles MT Scholarship
Paul Hustoles, Mary Jo Hustoles, Leigh Jacobson, President Davenport

The Mary Jo and Paul J. Hustoles
Musical Theatre Endowment Scholarship       

2015—Leigh Jacobson
2014—Callandra Syverson
2013—Sam Stoll
2012—Laura Otremba
2011—Jason Garton
2010—Stephen Crisp
2009—Mollie Fischer
2008—Claire Wellin
2007—Jacleen Olson
2006—Ashley FitzSimmons
2005—Erin J. Drevlow
2004—Robert Gardner
2003—Justine Carroll
2002—Christian D. Bell
2001—Cheryl A. Hoffman
2000—Ben Thietje
1999—David Tacheny
1998—Dan Weber
1997—Caroline Hoarn
1996—Shanti Jensen
1995—Suzanne R. Gifford

Hustoles Scholarship
Paul Hustoles, Brandon Lund, President Davenport

The Paul J. Hustoles
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Brandon Lund
2014—Morgan LeClaire
2013—Ben Stasny
2012—Jake McInerney
2011—Joseph B. Crook
2010—Clayton Rutschow
2009—Cody Gerrells
2008—Micah J. L. Kronlokken
2007—Tharen E. Callanan
2006—Tharen E. Callanan
2005—Perry Thrun
2004—Chris Kind
2003—Tyler Sonnek
2002—Christie Beck
2001—Christian D. Bell

Bunny Just
Emily Higgins, President Davenport

The Bunny Just
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Emily Higgins
2014—Alexis Heruth
2013—Alexis Heruth
2012—Tylinn Fahrni
2011—Laura D. Thaisen
2010—Grace Holden
2009—Sara Jump
2008—Brianna Richmond
2007—Laura Nigon
2006—Jason Kruger
2005—Sophia Bera
& Laura Yost
2004—Claire Elizabeth Johnson
2003—Claire Elizabeth Johnson
2002—Mark Bailey
& Josh Mitchell
2001—Joseph McCauley
& Josh Mitchell
2000—David Tacheny
1999—Hollie M. Ackerson
1998—Shannon Zeig
1997—Jill Starzecki
& Allen Weeks
1996—Anthony Crep
& David Ulrich
1995—Mark Carter

Stephan Klein
Nick Voight, President Davenport

The Stephan Klein
Performing Arts Endowment Scholarship

2015—Nick Voight
2014—Samantha Goerss
2013—Mary Jane Olson
2012—Samuel Juhnke
2011—Matthew A. Gilbertson
2010—Matthew A. Gilbertson
2009—Katherine Phillips
2008—Heidi E. Larson
2007—Lucille Hinton
2006—Lucille Hinton
2005—Tricia Joell Hofeld
2004—Tricia Joell Hofeld
2003—Lisa Rae Windloss
2002—Mary Grambsch
2001—Sarah K. Bizek

Kroon Scholarship
Cassie Johnson, Herb Kroon, President Davenport

The Phyllis and Clif Kroon
Musical Theatre Scholarship

2015—Cassandra Johnson
2014—Jaclyn Juola
2013—Callandra Syverson
2012—Emma Ottoson
2011—Clayton Oliver Rutschow
2010—Aaron Alan
2009—Jared Oxborough
2008—Kelsey Strong
2007—Clarie Wellin

Lorraine Larson
Jayme Beerling, President Davenport

The Lorraine Larson
Theatre Scholarship

2015—Jayme Beerling
2014—Ryan Strelow
2013—Alexa Lautenbach
2012—Sam Stoll
2011—Mary Jane Olson
2010—Caitlyn Gerchak
2009—Stephanie Narlock
2008—Amy Shell
2007—Amy Shell
2006—Laura Nigon
2005—Amber Maser
2004—Sophia Bera
2003—Heather Vaughan
2002—Rebecca Eide
2001—Sara Patsy
2000—Heather N. Reese
1999—Elisa M. Pluhar
1998—Joe Fellman
1997—Kyra Bellrichard
1996—Erica Schweitzer
1995—Shanti Jensen
1994—Diana DiSalvatoré
1993—Zandeé Toovey

Burch Preska
Sydney Burch, President Davenport
Buffum Preska
Matilda Buffum, President Davenport

The Joan & James Pengra
Theatre Endowment

2015—Sydney Burch (fall term), Matilda Buffum
2014—Alexa Lautenbach
2013—Jaeden Wellner
2012—Terry Nelson
2011—Adam Moen
2010—Joseph B. Crook
2009—Aaron Alan

Preska Scholarship
Maria Camila Perez, President Davenport

The Margaret and Daniel Preska
Theatre Scholarship

2015—Maria Camila Perez
2014—Whitley Cobb
2013—Morgan LeClaire
2012—Mark Blashack
2011—Maxwell Thao
2010—Katherine Phillips
2009—Reid Strand
2008—Shane Solomon
2007—Micah J. L. Kronlokken

The Kirk Ristau
Memorial Theatre Scholarship

2011—Lizzy Luckhardt
2010—Jeff A. Smith
2004—Angelyn Faust
1996—Jaceson L. Hauser
1994—Christina Lotti
1993—Cristine Loosley
1992—Shawn M. Narlock
1991—Jeffrey A. Fastner
1990—Jeffrey A. Fastner
1989—Christine Moen
1988—Joe Skala
1987— Curt Enderle

Rush Scholarship
Sophie Jones, President Davenport

The Jane L. Rush
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Sophie Jones
2014—Megan Gilmore
2013—Brenda Martinson
2012—Mary Jane Olson
2011—Laura Otremba
2010—Rudolph Searles III
2009—J. Alexander Coe
2008—Heather Ann Folsom
2007—Paul Davidson
2006—Toby Adam Miller
2005—Ashley FitzSimmons
2004—Krystyn Spratt
2003—Sophia Bera
2002—Tanya Peterson
2001—Gregory Johnson

Rutschow Scholarship
Clayton Rutschow, Steven Labine, President Davenport

The Rutschow Family
Odyssey Scholarship

2015—Steven Labine
2014—Chris Jones
2013—Austin England

Snilsberg Scholarship
Ryan Strelow, Kendra Verhage, President Davenport

The Lee and Loretta Snilsberg
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Ryan Strelow
& Kendra Verhage
2014—Alisa Bowman
& Kaitlin Dahlquist
2013—Rachel Lantow
& Alisa Bowman
2012—Jason Garton
& Rachel Lantow
2011—Rudolph Searles III
& Katherine Phillips
2010—Meredith D. Larson
& Craig Daniel Stastny
2009—Amanda Rozmiarek
& Claire Wellin
2008—Deborah Lindell
& Claire Lloyd
2007—Mick Coughlan
& Joey Ford
2006—Mick Coughlan
& Phillip C. Warren
2005—Angelyn Faust
& Philip C. Warren
2004—Trick Danneker
& Perry Thrun
2003—Kathleen Driscoll
& Mary Grambsch
& Jason M. Harber
2002—Reneé Ann Roy
& Lisa Rae Windloss
2001—Brian E. Flanagan
& Jennifer Heckendorn
& Travis C. Richardson
2000—Brain E. Flanagan
& Jamea Brooke Hofeld
1999—Shannon M. Zeig
& Dan Weber
1998—Allen Weeks
& Elisa M. Pluhar
& Rachel Mero
1997—Anthony Crep
& Erica Schweitzer
1996—Andréa B. Shaw
& Allen Weeks
1995—Camela Kraemer
& Chris Schmidt

Sponberg Scholarship
Jordan Farmer, President Davenport

The Florence and Raymond Sponberg
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Jordan Farmer
2014—Emily Magnuson
2013—Megan Gilmore
2012—Alisa Bowman
2011—Emma Ottoson
2010—Kimberly Steffen
2009—RaeAnne Carlson
2008—Amanda Rozmiarek
2007—Deborah Lindell
2006—Hilary Winkworth
2005—Hilary Winkworth
2004—Erin J. Drevlow
2003—Julie Funk
2002—Julie Funk
2001—Rebecca Eide
2000—Rachel Frisk
1999—Amy Jo Phillips
1998—Daniella Bennett
1997—Deborah R. Kvenvold
1996—Julie R. Gufstason
1995—Diana DiSalvatoré
1994—Melissa Peterman
1993—René Marie Johnson
1992—Christine Loosley
1991—Sandra K. Doble
1990—Sandra Polesky
1989—Christine Phelps
1988—Robin Girgen
1987—Jill Luther
& Nancy Morton

Steil Scholarship
Chris Jones, William Steil, Jaeden Wellner, President Davenport

The William Steil Technical
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Chris Jones & Jaeden Wellner
2014—Lauren Nelson
2013—Curtis Fliegel
2012—Jake Marz
2011—Samuel Juhnke

Walter MT Scholarship
President Davenport, Caroln Strauss

The Emily Walter
Musical Theatre Scholarship

2015—Carolyn Strauss
2014—Cassandra Johnson
2013—Bridgette Karl
2012—Callandra Syverson
2011—Megan Volkman-Wilson
2010—Megan Volkman-Wilson
2009—Kelsey Strong
2008—Mollie Fischer
2007—Claire Lloyd
2006—Jacleen Olson (spring)
2005—Liz Dowd (fall)

Zwickey Scholarship
Nancy Zwickey, Ian Lah, President Davenport

The F. James and Nancy Zwickey
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2015—Ian Lah
2014—Amanda Forman
2013—Samantha Goerss
2012—Charisse Danker
2011—Terry Nelson
2010—Jeff A. Smith
2009—Jeff A. Smith
2008—Adam Moore
2007—Adam Moore
2006—Krystyn Yvonne Spratt
2005—Christopher Arn Kind
2004—Jason M. Harber
2003—Dawn Marks
2002—Zillah Glory Langsjoen

The Theatre and Dance
Endowment Scholarship

2011—Rachel Lantow
2011—Casey Morgan
2001— Jamea Brooke Hofeld
& Danae M. Schniepp
1999—Sarah K. Bizek
& Melissa Feuchtmann
& Jamea Brooke Hofeld
& Heather Rachel Johnson
1996—Launa Hughes
& Marc Daniel Johnson
& Jill Starzecki
1995—Eric Nelson
& Anthony Crep
1993—Jerald Kraft
& Andrea Bilkey
& Shanti Jensen
1992—Eric Bakker
& Berrisford Elliott
& Mark Phillips
& Kenneth P. Rosen
1991—Gary Breitbach
& Esther Iverson
1990—Theresa Herder
& Edyth Lawrence
& Jim Lichtscheidl
1989—Kara Norvald
& Robert Richardson
& James Schiffman
& Thomas A. Sonnek
1988—Gary Breitbach
& Greta Grosch
& Christine Moen
& James Schiffman
1987—Christine Phelps
& Timothy Werner

The Toy Wilson Blethen
Fine Arts Award  
(a listing of those given to Theatre students; given at the end of the year)

2015—Callandra Syverson
2014—Sam Juhnke & Naoko Skala
2013—Kim Steffen
(Class Valedictorian, Commencement Speaker)
2011—Clayton Rutschow
(KCACTF Regional First Alternate)
2010—Nikki Swoboda
(for her MSU Directing career)
2009—Micah J. L. Kronlokken
(KCACTF Irene Ryan Region V Winner
and his MSU acting career)
    • Mollie Fischer
2008—Joey Ford
2007—Esther Iverson
(for her MSU costume career)
2006—Hilary Winkworth
(for her MSU costume designs)
2005—Tricia Hofeld
(for her MSU stage management career)
2004—Brad Willcuts
(for his MSU acting career)
2003—Peter C. Simonson
(for his MSU acting career)
2002—Zillah Glory Langsjoen
(for her MSU acting career)  
2001—Amanda Deierling White     
(for her MSU acting career)   
2000—David Tacheny
(for his MSU acting career)    
1998—Lisa Nanni
(for directing Tracers)
1997—Anthony Crep
(KCACTF Irene Ryan Region V Winner
and the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac )
& Craig Ellingson
(for MSU career as director and actor)
1996—Cedric Yarbrough
(for the title role in Sweeney Todd )
1995—Mark Withers
(for his MSU acting career)  
1994—Kenneth P. Rosen
(for the title role in Amadeus and
for Directing Blue Window)
1992—Matthew T. Orme
(for his MSU acting career)
1991—Anna Lauris
(for her MSU acting career)
& Shawn Narlock
(for his title role in The Elephant Man)
1990—Gary Charles Benson
(for scenic design for I'm Not Rappaport )

Inactive Scholarships

The Best Western
Theatre Scholarship

2009—Kirja Pase
2008—Cody Gerrells
2007—Brianna Richmond
2006—Jason Rasinowich
2005—Elise Schwartz (fall term only)
2004—Tyler J. Sonnek
2003—Perry Thrun
2002—Benjamin Watkins
2001—Lisa Rae Windloss
2000—Brandy Brown
1996—Caroline Hoarn
1995—Adria Welle
1994—Andrea Bilkey
1993—Chad A. VanKerkerix
1992—Chad A. VanKerkerix
1991—Shawn M. Narlock
1990—Gary J. Breitbach

The Charles W. Cantale Hand Maid Sweets
Theatre Endowment Scholarship

2009—Jason Witty
2008—Kelsey Henderson
2007—Matt Davis
2006—James Kirwin
2005—Corey J. Krolikowski
2004—Philip C. Warren
2003—Trick Danneker
2002—Roy Johnson II
2001—Roy Johnson II
2000—Travis C. Richardson
1999—Chris Cacek
1998—Anthony Crep
1997—Dan Weber

The Carl L. Heise Scholarship
(Fine Arts Endowment)

2002—Richard T. Stahlmann
           Oliver Thrun

The Sandy Hey Theatre Scholarship

2010—Laura D. Thaisen
2009—Kelsey Henderson
2008—Lucille Hinton
2007—Corey Krolikowski
2006—Angela Hesterman

The Hickory Tech Foundation
Theatre Arts Scholarship

1997—Kelly Jean Ohl
1996—Patrick Rowan
1995—Jerald Kraft
1994—Camela Kramer

The Holiday Inn Theatre Scholarship

2009—Jacob Nathan
2008—Reid Strand
2007—Reid Strand
2006—Corey Krolikowski
2005—Matthew F. Landwehr
2004—Kellie M. Stoltz
2003—Tricia Joell Hofeld
2002—Gina Roberts
2001—Brent David Teclaw
2000—Sarah K. Bizek
1999—Sarah K. Bizek
1998—Rusty Greene
1997—April S. Wilson
1996—David Kenworth Gerkin
1995—Cedric Yarbrough
1994—Jerald Kraft
1993—Christine Lotti
1992—David Webber
1991—Chris Becker
1990—Kristine Norman

The Donabel C. Linney
Theatre Arts Scholarship

1990—Shannon Smith
1989—Diane Dirlam
& Greta Grosch
1988—Heidi Werner
1987—Robin Girgen

The MICO Inc.
Technical Theatre Scholarship

2007—Dana Kleiman

The Taylor Corporation
Theatre Scholarship

2000—Joseph McCauley
& Danae M. Schniepp
1999—Rachel Frisk
& Jeremy Mikolai
1998—Sarah K. Bizek
& Rachel Frisk
1997—Spencer Kramber
& Shannon M. Zeig
1996—Katherine Nelson
& Kelly Jean Ohl
1995—Eric Bakker
& Tara Enedy
1994—Eric Bakker
& Zandeé Toovey
1993—Eric Jon Subkoviak
& Melissa Peterman
1992—Kristine Norman
& Eric Jon Subkoviak
1991—Gregg Peterson
& Melinda A. Monica Metz
1990—Christopher Becker
& Steven Deutsch
1989—Sandra K. Doble
& Gary J. Breitbach
1988—Diane Dirlam
& Christine Phelps
1987—Linda A. Krueger
& James Schiffman
& Joe Skala