Texas Talent Scholarships

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance is raising undergraduate scholarship funds to recruit, support and promote emerging theatre and dance artists in Texas. With private support, The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance has the opportunity to recruit 25 of the very best dancers and actors each year.

Meet Keith Machekanyanga, Texas Talent Scholarship Recipient

Talent Scholarship recipient Keith Machekanyanga

Emigrating from Zimbabwe when he was five years old, Keith Machekanyanga (B.F.A. in Acting candidate) grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth. As a high school student, he juggled a number of extracurriculars, often dividing his time between football, wrestling, soccer and theatre. His first role was as "Duane" in Hairspray, and eventually his life in theatre bled into his other activities, and his coach made him choose between football and theatre. "I didn't have to think twice about it," says Machekanyanga. He chose the stage and hasn't looked back.

Through the support of Texas Talent sponsors Marc and Carolyn Seriff, Machekanyanga was able to receive scholarship funds to help his student experience. "It definitely eases some of the financial pressures of going to college, helping me with the cost of food, books and other aspects of life at UT." Texas Talent allows UT Theatre and Dance to entice high-caliber talent such as Machekanyanga, providing another strong reason to be a Longhorn.

Texas Talent Scholarship Gift Levels

  • Student Sponsor: $12,000 supports a student for four years

  • Champion: $3,000 supports a student for one year

  • Friend: $1,000 provides a meaningful gift to the Texas Talent Scholarship Fund

Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships may be established in your name, or in honor or memory of someone and will provide support for theatre and dance students in perpetuity.

Minimum endowed scholarship gifts are $25,000 and may be payable over a period of five years.

Learn more about endowed scholarships at The University of Texas at Austin.

Make your gift online to the Department of Theatre and Dance.

You may also mail a check payable to "The University of Texas at Austin" (memo: Texas Talent) to:

The Department of Theatre and Dance
Attention: Sondra Lomax
The University of Texas at Austin
300 East 23rd Street, STOP D3900
Austin, TX 78712