The Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship was established to assist outstanding full-time musical theatre students to defray the cost of tuition and fees.
We are no longer accepting applications for this year.
The Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship is open to:
The Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship application is available online through your OASIS portal. Only complete scholarship applications submitted by the deadline will be reviewed by the scholarship committee.
Please follow all directions carefully. Students must submit the following materials to make a complete Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship application - there are two parts to the application:
In a two- to three-page essay, please address the following:
Your essay must be double-spaced and must include your name and OASIS ID number in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Please upload your response in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.
Upload your resume.Please upload your file in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.
Upload your headshot.Please upload your file in .pdf, or .jpeg format.
Two letters of recommendation are required from professional, academic, and/or personal references. Columbia College Chicago faculty and/or staff members in your area of concentration may provide letters of recommendation, excluding the Coordinators of the Musical Theatre Program.For your convenience, the online application system will send an e-mail notification directly to the person you've chosen to complete your recommendation. This person will be invited to complete the recommendation online with ease and will not need to mail, fax, or e-mail their recommendation. Please be prepared with the e-mail address of the person making the recommendation.
Note: Remember to contact your recommender directly before providing his/her information on the application. Be sure to give recommenders as much time as possible to write the letters. Requests made at the last minute are often difficult to fulfill by the deadline.
Access online application form through OASIS portal:Online applications are available through your OASIS portal. Login to your portal and select the Scholarships tab at the top of the screen. Follow the link Apply Now for Columbia Scholarships to your Applicant Portal landing page.
In a distinguished career spanning 60 years, Betty Garrett starred in classic Broadway and Hollywood musicals as well as numerous regional theatre productions and TV shows. Her Broadway credits include the original production of Bells Are Ringing, in which she costarred with her husband, Oscar-nominated actor Larry Parks; the Cole Porter musical Something for the Boys, in which she co-starred with Ethel Merman; the Harold Rome revue Call Me Mister; the 1989 stage version of Meet Me in St. Louis; and the 2003 Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. Her screen credits include On the Town, costarring and co-directed by Gene Kelly, in which she seductively (and comically) lured co-star Frank Sinatra to "Come Up to My Place"; Words and Music, with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland; Take Me Out to the Ball Game, directed by Busby Berkeley and co-starring Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, and Gene Kelly; Neptune's Daughter, in which she introduced the Oscar-winning song "Baby, It's Cold Outside," with co-star Red Skelton; and My Sister Eileen, in which she co-starred with Jack Lemmon, Janet Leigh, and Bob Fosse (who also choreographed). On TV, she had recurring roles in All in the Family and Laverne & Shirley and guest-starred on such series as The Fugitive, Murder, She Wrote, Becker, Boston Public, and Grey's Anatomy. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. In addition to her work as a performer, Betty -- inspired by her own youthful work with such teachers as Martha Graham, Sanford Meisner, Lehman Engel, and Margaret Webster -- was a dedicated teacher devoted to nurturing young talent. The Betty Garrett Musical Theatre Scholarship was established when Ms. Garrett appeared at the Getz Theater of Columbia College Chicago in 1998 with an evening of reminiscences about her life and career.