Las Casas Foundation’s Performing Arts Scholarship Program

Rules and Guidelines


Deadline to submit application: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Now in its 11th year, Las Casas is proud to present the 2019 Performing Arts Scholarship Program. This annual program, which culminates in the Joci Awards, a one-night showcase of 25 talented performing arts students in San Antonio and the surrounding area, awards more than $100,000 in scholarships each year. In 2019, Las Casas will award its one-millionth dollar, making it the largest scholarship funding source of its kind in the United States.


Las Casas Foundation’s Performing Arts Scholarship Program is open to students in grades 9-12 who are U.S. citizens and residents of the State of Texas. Students applying in the Dance category must be enrolled in public or private schools or home schooled. Students may only compete in one category.


All students must submit a complete application via the Las Casas Foundation website by Sunday, January 27, 2019. In addition to basic information, students are also required to submit a resume, headshot, and a 2-minute topic response video. Students are required to attend Preliminary Auditions and if selected as a finalist, a master class, all rehearsals the week leading up to the Joci Awards (Monday, April 8 – Saturday, April 13, 2019), and the Joci Awards on Sunday, April 14, 2019.


All application submissions must be completed by the student online at and include the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Recent photo/headshot (Note: If selected as a finalist, photo will be used in Joci Awards program, social media, and other marketing materials)
  3. Resume
  4. Link to no more than 2-minute video, uploaded to YouTube, answering ONE of the following questions: (Note: Video may be set to ‘Unlisted,’ but must be ‘Public’ in order to be viewed.)
    1. Why should Las Casas continue to invest in the performing arts?
    2. Why do you want to be a part of Las Casas’ scholarship program?
    3. If you receive a scholarship from Las Casas to pursue your dreams, how will you in turn give back to the next generation of performers?

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


WORKSHOP (Optional, but Highly Recommended)

Saturday, February 2 and Saturday, February 16, 2019 (Applicants may attend one or both)


Call Time: 9 a.m.

All students who successfully complete their application packets will be invited to attend a free professional workshop for audition basics, performance strategies, and material selection with individual coaching.

Please email your music cut to by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2019 or bring a labeled CD-R disc. Dress code: Casual Dancewear


Sunday, March 3, 2019

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

226 N. St. Mary’s St.

San Antonio, TX 78205

Time: An individual time will be assigned shortly after the application deadline. Applicants will be notified by email in advance.

Please come prepared with a choreographed piece in the style of your choosing set to music from a musical theatre production; approximately 2-3 minutes. If you have not sent previously, music should be emailed to no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019.

  • Audition pieces must be from published musical theatre productions. Musical covers selected from contemporary rock and roll, opera, hip-hop (e.g. The Hamilton Mixtape), etc. are not permitted. Overtures, entr’actes, or strictly orchestral pieces are also not allowed.
  • If you have auditioned for this program in the past, please prepare a piece separate from one(s) you have submitted previously.
  • Approved material selection changes will be allowed until Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.; please contact Ana Flores at 210-223-4343 for selection changes.
  • Selections should be age and content-appropriate.
  • Props and costumes are not allowed for preliminary auditions.
  • A panel of judges will rank each preliminary audition on a point scale; audition results will be tabulated by the Foundation; results are final. Students receiving the highest rankings in each category from the preliminary audition advance as finalists.
  • Judges feedback (scores) will be available upon request.

MASTER CLASS (Mandatory for Finalists)

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Location: TBD

Call Time: 9:00 a.m.

A Master Class for finalists will provide instruction by theatre professionals.

JOCI AWARDS (Mandatory for Finalists)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre

226 N. St. Mary’s St.

San Antonio, TX 78205

Call Time: TBD

Dancer will perform their dance performed during preliminary auditions.


An additional prize of $10,000 will be awarded to one student based on their performance at the Joci Awards. The highest ranked students in each category (Vocal, Acting, Dance, Best Lead Actress in a Musical and Best Lead Actor in a Musical) will be considered for the overall award.