First awarded in 2015, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Scholarship provides funding to aid aspiring actors studying at, and applying for, Drama UK accredited courses. In addition to financial support, the recipients also receive one-to-one mentoring on their acting by BAFTA members.
The first recipient of a scholarship was BA Acting student Jason Harris who was awarded £6,000 to support his training at East 15,
Carleton Hobbs Award
This Bursary provides winning students a contract for six months work with the BBC Radio Drama Department. A long list of East 15 students have enjoyed recognition through this competition.
Past winners have included BA Acting graduates Joseph Ayre (2016) Roslyn Hill (2014), Alex Rivers (2011) and Leah Brotherhead (2010) Commended nominees have included Andrea Valls (2015) and Eleanor Dillon–Reams (2012).
EQUITY Student Bursary
Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners, known and respected internationally for the work with, and on behalf of, members working across all areas of the entertainment industry. Each year, two students are selected to be awarded a Bursary worth £500.
One 2015 recipient was BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre student Scott Lyons.
The John Gielgud Bursary
This is worth between £2,500 and £4,500 and has been won by the following students from East 15: Kathleen Hood (2015, £4.500) Jamie Riley (2014, £4,500) Daniel Johnson (2013, £4,000) Olivia Hirst (2012, £4000) Daniela Pasquini (2011, £4,000) Candice Fraser (2010, £3,500), Stephanie Appleton (2009, £3,500), Daniel Jenkins (2008, £4,000) and Marsha Henry (2007, £3,500).
The Laurence Olivier Bursary
This is worth up to £7,500 for a student entering the third year of BA Acting and is presented by the Society of London Theatres. East 15 students have regularly won this outstanding prize. Rebecca Saffir was the 2015 recipient. Other winners have included; Lottie Finklaire (2014) awarded £500, Nayatia Hinds and Nathalie Wain (2012) each awarded £2000, Anna Tall (2010) awarded £1,500, Paul Thomas (2009) awarded £2,500 and in 2008 Frances McNamee won the top award of £7,500 while Thomas Nelson also won an award of £2,500.
Lilian Baylis Award
This is worth £1,500 and has been consistently won by students from East 15, including Isabella Javor (2015) Livia Heim (2014) Lucy Townsend (2013) Gerel Falconer (2012), Anna Tall (2011) Poppy Meadows (2009), Liam Lavery (2008) and Maria Gray (2007).
East 15 Awards
There are several awards made which are unique to East 15
The £500 Tim Welling Award commemorates a past student of the school and was first awarded in 2014, to BA Acting student Ellie Moon. The winner in 2015 was Katie Neil.
Also commemorating a past student, and again worth £500, the Thomas Bennett Comedy Award was won in 2015 by BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre student Allie Munro.
2015 saw the Elizabeth Mills Award being made for the first time. This award is worth £2,500 and the first recipient was BA Acting student Patricia Allison.
Edinburgh and beyond
Graduate productions have enjoyed great successes at Edinburgh Fringe, winning countless awards. In 2015, the school and the University combined to award some £50,000 from funds expressly aimed at supporting graduate companies to become established in the arts and theatre. These awards enabled companies to take their productions to the Brighton, Camden and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and provided the Barrington Collective, a company formed by MFA Acting(International) graduates, to premier their play at the New York Fringe.
There are a number of bursaries and scholarships available to postgraduate students including The Howard Lloyd Lewis Scholarship.