Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2019 The Majestic Empire Foundation Performing Arts Scholarship Program

$108,000 in scholarships to be awarded at annual event; Joci Awards Production Assistants and Best Overall Production award to be added in 2019


The Majestic Empire Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for their 2019 Performing Arts Scholarship Program; applications can be found here. Now in its 11th year, this annual educational program culminates in the Joci Awards, a one-night showcase of 25 talented performing arts students in San Antonio and the surrounding area. The program is open to students in grades 9-12 and includes five categories, including Vocal, Acting, Dance, Best Lead Actor in a Musical, and Best Lead Actress in a Musical. In 2019, Las Casas will award its one-millionth dollar, making it the largest scholarship funding source of its kind in the United States.

The Joci Awards also serves as a Regional Award Program (RAP) for the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City. During the weeklong program, two students from the San Antonio area experience private coaching with the industry’s top professionals and train for a finale performance where they compete for additional scholarship funds. The selection panel includes nationally recognized playwrights, actors, choreographers, and dancers.

New in 2019, and in affiliation with the Joci Awards production team, The Majestic Empire Foundation will select three Production Assistants for the 2019 Joci Awards. This opportunity is open to students in grades 9-12, and each Production Assistant will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Rules and guidelines and application for the Joci Awards Production Assistant internship is now available here.

Also new in 2019, Las Casas will recognize the top three outstanding high school productions at this year’s Joci Awards, which is open to the public and scheduled for Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. Each production will be awarded a $500 stipend to support their theatre program and a special trophy to be displayed in their school’s award case. A teacher or director from the top production will also receive the chance to attend the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City.