Member Log In

Scholarships

The Matt Carey Comedy School Scholarship

 

What are the terms of the scholarship?

The Matt Carey Scholarship covers tuition for IMPROV 101 - IMPROV 601 in succession at the ImprovBoston Comedy School. The improv curriculum at ImprovBoston takes the student through six (6) levels of training, from the foundations of improvisation and the art of comedy to preparing for a Free Form improv comedy performance. For detailed information about specific classes and levels, please visit www.improvboston.com/training. The scholarship is non-transferable, non-redeemable and non-refundable. Since the recipient is a representative of ImprovBoston and the Carey family, the scholarship may be revoked in the event that the recipient is deemed either by the ImprovBoston Board of Directors or Carey family to be unworthy of the award, due to illegal or unethical actions.

Who may apply for the scholarship?

The scholarship is open to interested students between 18 and 25 years of age, students with an interest in using improvisation as a way to pursue a career in performance, writing or directing. The scholarship will be based largely on need and talent, and will be awarded to the individual on that basis. The goal of this scholarship is to assist a talented individual to further pursue his/her talent. There is no minimum level of experience required to apply.

WE OFFER THE MATT CAREY SCHOLARSHIPS ON A ROLLING BASIS.

IMPROVBOSTON MAY AWARD AS MANY AS ONE (1) PER SESSION. STUDENTS AWARDED A SCHOLARSHIP MUST ENROLL IN CONSECUTIVE SESSIONS TO MAINTAIN THE SCHOLARSHIP.

Applicants must submit:

- A photograph

- resume (if you have one)

- letter of intent indicating why you feel you deserve the scholarship and what your plans are for its use

- your past interests

- two letters of recommendation

- a short statement of need

Please provide us with an address and phone number where you may be reached throughout the year (not a temporary school address). Applications are now being accepted.

Interested applicants should submit their information by Mail:
 
ImprovBoston
ATTN: Matt Carey Comedy School Scholarship
40 Prospect St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

 

About Matt Carey

Matt Carey was born in Boston and attended high school in Cambridge. It was during his high school years that he began to channel his natural talent to make people laugh into the field of comedy. He began attending sketch comedy classes at the Cambridge Community School. It was then that Matt answered an ad in The Boston Globe for an audition at ImprovBoston. Although he was not cast in a troupe, a long relationship with ImprovBoston began.

During his college years, Matt was a member of Improv at Vassar and founded The Limit, a comedy group. During the summers he returned to Boston where he performed and took classes at ImprovBoston. Better known as the Matt that looks like Ricky Martin, Matt was a regular and winner at ImprovBoston's Thursday night show, Micetro. In 2003, Matt headed for California where he worked and performed at ImprovOlympic West, Hollywood. He was a sketch comedian and writer with After School Special (at the Comedy Central Stage) and Oh My God This Is Awesome. Matt also was a member of Old People in Yachting Clothes, the ImprovOlympic 2004 Harold Team Champions.

On December 2, Matt and his Improv group Allergic to Todd won their cage match at ImprovOlympic West. On Dec. 3, 2004, Matt Carey, 23, passed away of heart failure. The Matt Carey Scholarship was created to celebrate the talent, ambition, and perseverance Matt exhibited in his short lifetime.