The Doug Finney Festival Grant

The Doug Finney Festival Grant is a need-based grant given annually to four high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors who are inducted members of the International Thespian Society (ITS) so that they may attend the International Thespian Festival (ITF).


Each applicant MUST complete the following in Academic Works:
• The AcademicWorks General and Student Conditional Application (Including the necessary H.S. transcript and Troupe Director letters)
• This application and it’s supplemental questions.

The Doug Finney Festival Grant will:

1. Cover basic ITF registration fees for the student. Fees include a double room in a residence hall on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus, Monday night through the Saturday night, and meals in a campus cafeteria, Monday dinner through Sunday breakfast. All students will have a roommate.

2. Cover partial reimbursement for round-trip travel expenses to and from his/her hometown and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The maximum reimbursement will be $200. Eligible expenses may include round-trip airfare to/from a major airport, shuttle fees to/from the airport in Lincoln, mileage if traveling by car, or bus fare if the student will be traveling by bus with his/her troupe or chapter delegation. No additional “flight legs” may be added to the trip and no change or cancellation fees will be covered.

Note: all other expenses incurred during the trip must be paid for by the recipient.

If a recipient’s troupe director will not attend ITF, it will be the recipient’s responsibility to contact his/her state chapter director and locate another adult who will be willing to chaperone the student.

The Deadline for submission is February 1.

This grant is for an inducted Thespian of the International Thespian Society (ITS), the student honorary organization of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA).

International Thespian Festival registration and up to $200 towards travel expenses
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please select your year in school.
  2. I am financially unable to pay the International Thespian Festival's registration fee.
  3. Write a one-page essay on why you want to attend Thespian Festival 2020 and how this financial grant can help you achieve your goals. Please give a brief explanation of the financial barriers you face that would prevent you from attending.
  4. I acknowledge that I have completed the General Application and the High School Student Conditional application questions in their entirety.