Applications Open for 2025 ALWI University Scholarships

“Any artform’s enduring relevancy is dependent on the strength of its emerging talent. The theater needs new perspectives, exciting ideas, and fresh voices. By alleviating some of the financial pressure that graduates face as they enter the workforce, we hope to give our fellows the inner space needed to focus and develop their talent.”

– Stewart F. Lane


The Stewart F. Lane Fellowship for Career Advancement is an award of $10,000 presented each year to a graduating college senior who is selected based on their potential to make a positive, long-lasting contribution to the theatre industry.

Candidates for the fellowship are selected from the matriculating class of Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative (ALWI) University Scholarship recipients and evaluated at the annual scholarship panel review. Priority will be given to emerging professionals who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the theatre industry.

This exciting new program expansion eases the transition from college to career with an unrestricted award that allows the fellow to put the resources wherever they are most needed to safeguard their long-term career.

Our goal is that every ALWI University Scholar (5-6 annually) receives a fellowship upon graduating. Please consider making a contribution to this program today to make this funding a reality for these deserving young professionals!

Naming opportunities and corporate sponsorships are also available. Please reach out to Laura Talbot, Director of Development at for more information.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative (ALWI) was created in 2016 with seed funding from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to aid and abet systemic change in the American Theatre by infusing new resources into the theatre ecosystem in order to bolster the pipeline for underrepresented talent on stage and off. Through Classroom Resource Grants and Training and University Scholarships, this Initiative directly addresses several key systemic issues that create obstacles in the theatre education and training pipeline.