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Jan Conner Scholarship Award Program

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Olathe Civic Theatre Association announces the Jan Conner Scholarship Award Program. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to Olathe residents who are graduating seniors and will be attending an accredited college program majoring in theatre arts (directing, acting, musical theatre, technical theatre, etc.). Students from public, private, or home schools are eligible to apply.



Program Guidelines & Priorities

Seeking graduating high school seniors who are residents of Olathe (public, private, or homeschooled). Students who are residents of Olathe but attending a private or other school outside of Olathe are eligible.


Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college majoring in a theatre arts program of study (acting, directing, musical theatre, technical theatre, etc.).


Scholarship funds will be paid in December 2020 or January 2021 for the second semester of the student’s first year directly to the college and not to the student. It will be the student’s responsibility to submit to OCTA at that time an invoice for second semester tuition and fees, student ID number, and college information.


Applicants must be nominated by a theatre teacher, director, or other performing professional with direct knowledge of the applicant’s work in the arts.  OCTA strongly suggests that each high school present at least one student that matches this program’s guidelines.


Nominations are due ­­­­­Friday, March 27, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. Late applications are not accepted.



Two Ways to Apply

1.  Mail one copy of a completed, typed application packet to:

(This includes application with sign-off by nominating sponsor, essay, resume that highlights theatrical and other relevant achievements, letter of recommendation, and school transcript.)


Jan Conner Scholarship Committee
c/o Olathe Civic Theatre Association
P.O. Box 144
Olathe, KS 66051


2.  Email all above materials to: talk_to_us@olathetheatre.org with the subject line: Scholarship.



Download the Application Form

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Scholarship Winners

The applications will be reviewed and recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of volunteers from OCTA. The scholarship winner(s) will be announced on or before in April 15, 2020. Only scholarship winners will be notified directly.



Who’s Jan Conner?

Photo of Jan ConnerJan Conner’s passion was acting.  She was a founding member of OCTA, served as OCTA’s Historian, and coordinated the Buddy Awards.  She performed in many OCTA productions, including The Jan Conner Christmas Show.


In honor of Jan, her friends at OCTA and others in the theatre community have established a scholarship in her name.  This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Olathe senior who will be persuing a degree in theater.




For more information on how you can help contribute and honor her legacy, or for questions about the scholarship, please contact Shelly Stewart Banks by emailing talk_to_us@olathetheatre.org