School of Humanities and Sciences
Musical Theater Major
Peter Bergstrom Scholarship
Campus Center Scholarship
Fred L. Emerson Endowed Scholarship
Ithaca Leadership Scholarship
Theater Arts Alumni Memorial Scholarship
Jane Woods Werly '27 Endowed Scholarship
If heart and talent were gold, Dan Petrotta would be on easy street. He's had a part in six Ithaca
College Theatre musicals, including the lead in two. As an orientation leader, he put incoming freshmen
and their parents at ease by sharing advice on campus life -- and doing a moonwalk onstage. He
performed in two cabarets for residents at Longview, an adult residential community; volunteered at the
Red Cross; and competed in the Mr. Ithaca contest, a tongue-in-cheek beauty pageant.
The first in his family to travel abroad, Dan spent his junior year in London. He's been a lifeguard
for the YMCA and done computer work for a subpoena-processing company. He's also taken ballet lessons
-- an adjustment for someone who played offensive tackle for his high school football team. All the
while, he's hit the books regularly, maintaining a high GPA and being named twice to Who's Who
among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
"I've had so many opportunities at Ithaca College," Dan said. "This place is nurturing on so many
levels. It lets you take what you have and run with it. In London, for example, I took lessons from
actors who performed Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre. My family never thought I'd be able to do that."
Unfortunately for Dan, heart and talent aren't gold -- at least, not yet. "My dream is the Broadway
stage, and Ithaca's theater program was my first choice because it's very well connected to
professional theater. Plus, I could take acting lessons in a top theater program and vocal lessons at a
prestigious music school. My parents, though, aren't wealthy. I couldn't have come to this college
without financial aid."
Even with scholarship support, Dan has had to work and take out loans. Scholarships, however, have
reduced his debt load. "If I ever have the money, I will absolutely establish a scholarship," he said.
"Making gifts to the College is wonderful, but when the money goes to financial aid, it makes a
difference in a person's life."