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Cora Nunnally Miller Fine Arts Scholarship

Portrait of Cora Miller, Lamar Dodd
Portrait of Cora Nunnally (Lamar Dodd, 1940)

Cora Nunnally Miller was a passionate advocate for animal health, conservation and the arts, and she wholeheartedly believed in the impact higher education could have on these causes. Miller anonymously gave more than $33 million to the University of Georgia Foundation throughout her lifetime and granted permission for the university to share her name only after her death. Her last gift, a bequest of $17 million made at her passing in July 2015, will have a transformational effect across the university. From that final gift, the Cora Nunnally Miller Fine Arts Scholarship fund was formed. 

Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted by UGA are eligible to apply for one of these competitive scholarships for their incoming freshmen. 

For 2024, we will award this scholarship to two incoming freshmen Theatre or Film Studies majors who show promise in acting, design, tech, directing, writing, or all-around leadership in Theatre or Film. Each scholarship recipient will receive $5,000 annually for four years as Theatre or Film Studies majors at UGA.


DEADLINE: April 15, 2024

To apply for the Cora Nunnally Miller Scholarship, email Dina Canup ( with the subject line "Cora Miller Scholarship Application" and include the following:

  • Statement of interest in the program, goals for area of study
  • Resume of related experience and involvement in theatre/film
  • Sample of your artistic work, which could include:
    • An online portfolio of design work
    • An acting reel or video audition (two contrasting monologues or song + monologue) not to exceed 3 minutes total
    • Short film or play clip
    • Writing sample
    • Prompt book or director's notebook
    • Note the name and contact information of the film/theatre teacher who will be sending a letter of recommendation on your behalf

NOTE: Please include a brief description of your work if needed (ex. if it's a short film/film clip/play segment, note whether you were an actor, designer, director, writer, etc.)

As previously stated, we ask that a drama/film teacher, drama troupe director, or related faculty member to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf to Dina Canup (
Award recipients will be announced by April 29, 2024

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