The Groundlings Theatre and School offers quarterly Diversity Scholarships to support our mission that everyone, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or physical ability should be given the same opportunities within our program. 

Information on the Diversity Scholarship and application process can be found below. To see more about our diversity initiatives, please click HERE.


Please check back soon for a new deadline and application link. 

Onsite classes and auditions are currently suspended while the School remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will announce any updates as soon as we have them.  


  • Please be sure to read the FAQs below, and familiarize yourself with our program, as well as the application review criteria. 
  • If you have not passed a Core Track audition by the application deadline, or your class results have expired, your application cannot be considered. No exceptions.


Which classes do you award scholarships for?

We award scholarships for classes in the Core Track (Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Improv) and Lab Track (Writing Lab and Advanced Writing Lab). We also offer scholarships for teens.

Who can apply?  

We are open to receiving applications from anyone who considers themselves a strong candidate for a Diversity Scholarship.

Do I have to audition before applying for the scholarship?  (Yes!)  

There is no audition specifically for the scholarship, however you must pass a Core Track audition with the School, and therefore be eligible to take Core Track classes, before your application can be considered. Teen Scholarships do not require an audition, just the submitted application. You can schedule your free audition by clicking here.

Core Track classes, Lab Track classes, and auditions are currently suspended while the School remains closed. We will announce any updates as soon as we have them.

What if I can’t audition before the application deadline?

Your application will not be considered. Please apply for the next round of scholarships.

How often do you award scholarships? 

Diversity scholarships are offered every three months. All applicants will receive notification via email approximately four weeks after the application deadline.

Can this be my first class with The Groundlings School?


What if I’m applying for a Teen class?

Great! Please note that in your application and it will be processed accordingly.

How much are the scholarship awards?

Most awards are for half the cost of a class, which enable us to offer more each round. We do, however, offer some awards for a full class. The appication form will ask you to articulate your needs. One full scholarship for Writing Lab is provided each round, with some additional partial awards.

When will I be notified of a scholarship award?

All applicants will receive notification via email approximately four weeks after the application deadline.

By what criteria are applications reviewed?

Each application is read by at at least 3 members of our Diversity Committee, which is made up of teachers, Main Company, and Groundlings staff. The school is actively seeking to diversify its student population. With that in mind, applications are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Does the applicant attempt to thoughtfully and fully answer each question?
  • Do they state clear goals?
  • Do they convey a sincere desire to train at The Groundlings?
  • Do they articulate why they want to train at The Groundlings?
  • Do they demonstrate an understanding or appreciation for improv, especially at the Groundlings?
  • Do they speak from a perspective or point of view that is unique to them?

Can a scholarship be applied to an existing payment plan?

A scholarship can be applied to an existing payment plan only if we receive a request from the student one business day before the payment is scheduled to be automatically deducted. Students should not enroll in a class if they are counting on a scholarship to cover a final payment. Scholarships are usually awarded 4 weeks after the application deadline. Please be aware of the payment schedule when setting up a payment plan.