Nella Feldman Gross Memorial Scholarship

A native of Trinidad, West Indies, Nella emigrated to the U.S. in 1953. She attended San Diego State University and graduated in 1961 with an A.B. in speech pathology. After some graduate studies, she began work as a mobile speech therapist with an Elks sponsored program and later joined the Children’s Speech and Hearing Center in Los Angeles. In 1965 she moved to Israel where she worked in a Kibbutz until after the six-day war in 1967. After returning to California, Nella and her husband, Ted, coordinated the Viet Nam “baby lift” at the Long Beach Terminal Island Facility and participated heavily in that effort. Her last position before becoming ill was with the Santa Barbara School District where she worked in the early childhood development program. Nella Feldman Gross was a teacher, therapist, sailor, world traveler, humanitarian, wife, mother and friend and this scholarship was established to honor her.

To apply for this scholarship, submit a General Application.

If you do not meet all of these requirements in a given term, you may lose your scholarship eligibility and your scholarship may be canceled.


  • Recipients must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 out of 4.00, or the arithmetic equivalent.
  • Recipients will be enrolled full-time as graduate students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre.
  • This is a renewable scholarship. Prior recipients are required to reapply for consideration and meet the selection criteria above in order to be eligible to receive a renewable scholarship.

To be determined by the scholarship committee.