The Cicely Tyson Scholarship
FOR BIPOC APPLICANTS
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, we are privileged to name a new annual scholarship in honor of the legendary actress and humanitarian, Cicely Tyson.
This scholarship for one year of full-time study at LSTFI in New York will be awarded to a talented BIPOC actor who demonstrates great potential and passion for a career in the performing arts.
Miss Tyson studied with Lee Strasberg; her work illuminates the essence of Method Acting and is a great inspiration to all of us. Her career in theater, film and television spans over seven decades, and she continues to work and receive acclaim for her performances.
Miss Tyson is known for selecting meaningful roles that communicate a positive message and portraying strong women. She has used her artistic craft to address crucial issues of racial and gender equality, justice, inclusiveness and promote social change.
Her most memorable work includes the film Sounder, for which she received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All; Alex Haley’s Roots; and, the play and film, The Trip to Bountiful. Her most notable performances on Broadway include The Gin Game and The Trip to Bountiful, for which she won a Tony Award. Her work on television has received 3 Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, most recently in 2020 for her guest appearance How to Get Away with Murder.
Among Miss Tyson’s numerous other awards are an honorary Oscar, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for Contribution to the Arts and American Culture, the NAACP’s highest honor, the Peabody Career Achievement Award and induction into the Television Hall of Fame.
The application deadline for The Cicely Tyson Scholarship is January 31, 2021. The award will be announced in February 2021. The scholarship will include 3 terms, commencing Fall 2021.
Scholarship applications can be sent to [email protected]. Please scan and email ALL required documents.
- 18 years or older by the start of the Fall semester of the current year
- US or International student
- Be a New York applicant for the Fall 2021
- Have completed high school or the equivalent with a 2.5 GPA (75/100) or higher
- One completed scholarship application
- Copy of your latest academic transcript
- Two letters of recommendation, no more than six months old from a professional or teacher who can speak about your work
- One passport-size photo, for identification purposes only
- Copy of valid passport (for non-US Citizens)
Non-native English speakers must submit:
- TOEFL exam results with a score of 85 or higher (taken within two years of application deadline)
- November 1st: Opening date for accepting applications
- January 31st: Application deadline for Fall 2021 scholarship
- Any incomplete applications will be disqualified.
- Applications may only be submitted by mail. No emailed submissions will be considered.
- The application deadlines are strict – do not apply earlier or later or the application will not be considered.
- If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you will not be considered.
- Application materials will not be returned.
- After we receive your completed application, you will receive a confirmation receipt email.
- Housing and books / materials are not included with the scholarship. The winning candidate will need to make their own housing arrangements.
- There is no audition. If you are selected as a finalist, there is an interview that can be completed via Skype or in-person.
- The scholarship application is the only application you need to complete; you do not need to submit the standard application for admission to the school.