BRISTOL — Elkhart Civic Theatre at the Bristol Opera House is offering two college scholarships to students for the upcoming college term.

The newest of these scholarships is the Michael Cripe Theatre Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student with plans to go into theater, dance or technical theater disciplines.

The scholarship is given in honor of Michael Cripe, an actor and performer from Elkhart who was a well-loved Elkhart Civic Theatre participant before he embarked on a career in theater that took him to Broadway and around the world. Before his death in 2015, Michael returned to Elkhart and shared his experience and talents with ECT once again, performing on the Bristol Opera House stage as well as choreographing and directing many ECT musicals. The scholarship in his name is supported by the Michael Cripe Studio, Elkhart Civic Theatre’s educational program, through the generosity of Michael’s brother, Jeff Cripe, and Label Logic Inc.

In addition, Elkhart Civic Theatre also will offer the Glenn Gosling Memorial Scholarship, a $500 scholarship for any college-bound student who has been part of Elkhart Civic Theatre’s youth programs or mainstage productions. Gosling, who died in 1983, was an actor and member of the ECT board, with a strong interest in technical theater as well as management of the theater building. This scholarship is supported by ECT and the Gosling family.

Applications and information for both scholarships may be found at:


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