Dennis James Memorial Scholarship Award

The History

The Dennis James Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Dennis James, well known in the El Dorado area for his acting and singing ability. James was a familiar face at SAAC where he participated in countless plays from childhood on, creating memorable roles, including a masterstroke with his creation of “Pseudolus” in the 2005 summer musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. James also performed with the SAAC’s fundraising group, 5th and Broadway, as well as with innumerable church and community groups. The fund was created after James’ untimely passing from Leukemia in 2006.

Past Recipients

2019 Cami Lowrey

2018 Clayton Bolding

2017 Sophia Meyer and Alex Ramirez

2016 Christina Lehew

2015 Kacey Earnest

2014 Alex Jeffery

2013 Jaron Kloap

2012: Jacob George
Student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR

2011: Caleb Carrier
Student at South Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR

2010: Thomas Brewster
Student at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, AR

2009: Natalie Rothwell
Student at University of the South in Sewanee, TN

2008: Alex Jeffery
Student of the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln

2007, the First Recipient: Tyler Winn
Student at South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, AR

Dennis James Memorial Scholarship Award for 2020

Scholarship Application Info

  • The Scholarship may cover the cost of tuition, mandatory fees, and/or books.
  • There shall be no geographical limitations on the places of study as long as they are approved and/or accredited educational institutions.
  • Should there be no qualified candidates for the scholarship, the proceeds from the fund can be used to provide arts projects at area non profits for the good of the community.

The Scholarship Recipient Must:

  • Exhibit a love for the performing arts of music and theatre and be an active participant in those pursuits.
  • Have made a contribution to the community in those areas
  • Pledges to make a life-long contribution and commitment to the arts in their community.

To Apply:

Download Application Form

Submission Deadline April 15, 2020
Recipient will be announced in May.

Be sure to answer the 5 questions on a separate sheet of paper and attach to the application.

Mail to:

South Arkansas Arts Center
c/o Executive Director
110 East 5th Street
El Dorado, AR 71730

2013 Scholarship Committee:

Sam Allen (chair)
Shelton Harden
Casey Rapp
Jim Roomsburg
Richard Wharton
Beth James Burns (family member)