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The William W. W. Knight and Beverley Randolph Knight Scholarship

Comedy Knight logoCreated by their children, the William W. W. Knight and Beverley Randolph Knight honors their parents’ love of humor and the laughter that filled their home. This scholarship provides financial support to University of Virginia students currently in their 1st-3rd year who are identified as having an excellent sense of humor. We plan to host a stand-up comedy event for applicants, to be held at Alumni Hall on Monday, March 18, 2024.

Recipients are selected based on three criteria:

  • Outstanding Sense of Humor
  • Scholastic Merit
  • Financial Need*
    *Those with no financial need will be ineligible to win scholarship funds, but are welcome to participate and perform at the live event.

Scholarships will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Writing—a humorous essay, comic strip, cartoon, or other written media. $4,000 scholarship.
  • Live Stand Up Comedy—applicants will provide an outline of their performance, audition, and perform at Alumni Hall on March 18th. $4,000 scholarship; $2000 for runner-up

Key Dates

Application Deadline
March 1, 2024 — Apply via AwardSpring
Auditions for Stand Up Comedians
March 12, 2024 at Alumni Hall
Live Event for Stand Up Comedians
March 18, 2024 at Alumni Hall

Stand Up Comedy Rules and Criteria

  • All work must be original.
  • Stand up comedy must be completed live and in-person at the event.
  • Performances should be a maximum of five minutes.
  • Your content must not be defamatory or insulting to others based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Humor based on yourself and your own identity is allowed and encouraged.
  • Be surprising and creative—push yourself beyond excessive clichéd, foul or vulgar language.
  • No late entries will be permitted to participate in the competition. Spaces are limited.

Apply via AwardSpring