The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship


Applications for this program are no longer accepted.

Deadline (extended): Friday, December 9, 2022 11:59pm ET. Please note the time zone.

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Watch the 2022 Info Session:

Watch the 2019 and 2020 recipient interview:

Recipients will receive up to $7,500
to be used towards tuition, registration fees, supplies and/or travel expenses over a one-year period between January 30, 2023 - January 31, 2024. International study is allowable, but the scholarship will only cover tuition, registration fees, supplies and/or travel expenses to participate in extracurricular (non-credit) training in hand-drawing and/or painting.

The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship program is designed and administered by TCG with support from The Estate of Willa Kim.

WILLA KIM was a costume designer for ballet, theatre, opera, and television. Among many honors were Tony Awards for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Tommy Tune’s The Will Rogers Follies, and Tony nominations for Peter Allen’s Legs Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and Joel Grey’s Goodtime Charley. She won Drama Desk Awards for Jean Genet’s The Screens, Irene Fornes’ Promenade, and Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder; Obie Awards for Robert Lowell’s The Old Glory and Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before A Glass; and Emmy Awards for the PBS broadcasts of Michael Smuin’s ballets The Tempest and A Song For Dead Warriors.

Ms. Kim received lifetime achievement awards from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. The Theatre Development Fund honored her with the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

For more information, please contact Raksak Kongseng (Big) (she/they) at See a list of past Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship recipients here.