Leavenworth High School is one of 50 schools to receive a $10,000 grant from NBC’s Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression America program, according to a news release from the Education Theatre Foundation.

Leavenworth High School is one of 50 schools to receive a $10,000 grant from NBC’s Recognizing and Inspiring Student Expression America program, according to a news release from the Education Theatre Foundation.

Through R.I.S.E. America, NBC is awarding grants that will cover needs of school theater programs. NBC is facilitating the program in partnership with the Education Theatre Foundation.

“Seeing the need school-by-school was both inspiring and a wake-up call,” said Julie Cohen Theobald, president of the Educational Theatre Foundation. “The way these dedicated educators are impacting kids’ lives, against the odds and without the necessary resources, is heroic. Every school was deserving, and their stories reinforce the need to continue this momentum until every school in America has a well-funded theatre program.”

The R.I.S.E. America program is inspired by NBC’s upcoming drama “Rise” about a high school theater department.

There were 1,000 applicants for the grants.

To qualify, high schools were required to have an existing theater program or a champion of theater arts in their teaching staff in cases where a school’s theater program was cut because of budget constraints.

Each school submitted a video celebrating its theater program and a 500-word essay explaining why the school should be awarded the grant and how it will use the $10,000. Schools also submitted a letter of recommendation from a principal or administrator endorsing the application.

Leavenworth High School was the only winning school from Kansas.