Jack Zink Memorial Scholarship

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Jack Zink Memorial Scholarship Information

Every year, since its inception, the Carbonell Awards, in addition to recognizing special achievement in the arts and excellence in regional theatre, has also recognized high school seniors pursuing degrees in the performing arts and journalism with scholarships as part of its core mission. Since awarding its first scholarship in 1978 the Carbonell Awards has contributed over $110,000 dollars towards the college education of high school seniors in our tri-county region.

The selection of recipients is based on talent, experience and demonstrated commitment to the theatre. Scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have achieved a minimum 2.5 GPA and are intending to enroll in college to pursue a degree in theatre or journalism.

The scholarships are presented during the Annual Carbonell Awards Ceremony. One student from each of three South Florida Counties, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach each receive scholarships in the sum of $2,000.

The scholarship is named for Jack Zink (1947-2008) a leading theater critic and arts writer in South Florida for more than 40 years, writing for the Miami Herald, the Palm Beach Post, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and Variety. He founded the Carbonell Awards in 1975 to honor the thriving theater and nightlife scene in South Florida and was active in the organization until his death.

The Jack Zink Memorial Scholarship Application

A student’s mentor (director/teacher/guidance counselor who has first-hand knowledge and experience with the student) must nominate the student to be considered for the scholarship. However, the student is required to complete the bio as well as all other elements of the application. The nominator may assist the student if requested by the student to do so.

The judging committee will evaluate scholarship applicants and select scholarship winners based on the following criteria:

15 pts. Letter of Recommendation
20 pts. Student Bio
20 pts. Educational Goals
20 pts. Theatre or Journalism Experience
25 pts. Interview / Audition

The deadline for submission of applications is February 06, 2023. You may download the application below.

Student Scholarship Applications must be submitted by email to:

Please Note: The interview / audition in March, 2023 (the date and time is to be determined) is mandatory for finalists.

Should you have any questions, you may email or call: Nancy Cohen at