Urdang Academy has created a new full-fee scholarship programme that is designed to support “exceptional raw talent” from any background.
It will be given out entirely according to talent, and unlike Urdang’s other bursaries, will not be means tested.
The scholarship will cover all fees for its diploma in professional musical theatre or dance and will be open to any student aged 16 to 18 who gains a place on either of these courses.
A statement from the London-based performing arts college said the new “more inclusive” approach would “ensure that young people with exceptional raw talent, and not just those from very low-income backgrounds, will be able to access funding”.
Urdang chief executive Solange Urdang said: “I am thrilled to launch this new scholarship, which is clearly aligned to the Urdang ethos of recognising talent regardless of size, race, height, socio-economic status or ethnicity.
“It will allow us to be more inclusive, will create more opportunity and will allow more talented kids to get the best professional training at the right time in their education.”
The school has funding enough to offer 10 scholarships each year, and said it is planning for the scheme to be ongoing in future years.
Existing bursaries at the north London school include fee reductions on a means-tested basis, while it also offers one of the 10 Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarships, which are given out at musical theatre providers across the UK.