The Mary Lou Fulton Chair

The Mary Lou Fulton Chair in Theatre and Media Arts encourages and supports exemplary learning, teaching, creative work, and production activity that is rooted firmly in the principles and practices of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

About the Chair

Areas of Support

The Mary Lou Fulton Chair provides support in the following areas:

  1. Individual Scholarly and Creative Projects
  2. Group Scholarships and Projects
  3. Department Initiatives
  4. Program Area Support

Projects and Initiatives

The Mary Lou Fulton Chair supports the following projects and initiatives:

  • Scholarships
  • Student mentored experiences
  • Student travel grants
  • Internships
  • Student showcases
  • Guests and speakers from the professional community
  • The Children’s Media Initiative
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatre and Media Arts Education
Meet the Fultons

“We are pleased to honor Ira Fulton for all he and his wife, Mary Lou, have done in support of BYU,” said BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson. “Not only have they generously given of their means but also of their time and talents. We thank them for their sincere interest in BYU’s success.”

The Fultons, who are close to fulfilling a $50 million commitment to the university, began a mutually rewarding relationship with BYU in 1999 after visiting campus and feeling a kinship with faculty, administration and students.

Both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Fultons have made contributions of impact campuswide, including purchasing of one of the fastest supercomputers in American higher education (named in honor of Mary Lou), helping to fund the new Joseph F. Smith Building and Athletic Complex and financing many student scholarships. In addition to helping the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, the Fultons have provided for improvements to the Psychology Department, the School of Technology, the Harold B. Lee Library, and the Museum of Art.

A resident of Phoenix, Fulton is president and chief executive officer of Fulton Homes, which has been building in the metro Phoenix area for more than 25 years. Under Fulton’s leadership, the company has gone from constructing several homes in 1975 to nearly 1,500 homes in 2002. The company donates 50 percent of its profits to meaningful causes, principally those that improve education.

“Mary Lou and I love education and the students at BYU,” said Fulton. “You never know what kind of an impact a good education will have on someone’s life. The positive effects can go on for generations.”

In addition to their contributions, the Fultons serve as members of the executive committee of BYU’s President’s Leadership Council, a group of top-level donors who encourage and facilitate giving to BYU.

“We feel fortunate to have the Fultons as friends of BYU,” said K. Fred Skousen, BYU vice president of Advancement. “And we look forward to building upon that important relationship in the years ahead.”

Faculty Application

Faculty Applications

Faculty applying for Media/Theatre Faculty Fulton Funds need, first, to submit a proposal for funding through their area head. This request can be a paragraph description and a budget overview. With area head’s approval, the faculty member can then send the proposal to the department chair, for review. If approved by the Executive Committee, then the chair will send the proposal out to the respective faculty (media or theatre) for final approval. Applications are received on a rolling basis.

Application Deadlines

  • TBA
Student Application

Student Applications

Students applying for the Fulton funding should understand and comply with the following guidelines. Since funds are limited, there is strong competition. It will be the responsibility of the Fulton Committee under the direction of the Executive Committee to judge the relative merit of proposed projects.

Application Forms

The Professional Development funding applications, used for:

  • Internships
  • Student Teaching
  • Auditions
  • Graduate school (application fees, interviews, etc.)
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Other professional development opportunities*

*Additional information or justification of a proposal may be requested for proposals that fall under this category.
The link to this application is: Professional Development Funding Application

The Creative Project funding applications can be group projects, and should be used for:

  • Media Arts capstone projects
  • Mask Clubs
  • TMA 536 projects
  • Research efforts
  • Dramaturgy projects
  • Other Media Arts or Theatre projects*

*Additional information or justification of a proposal may be requested for proposals that fall under this category.
The link to this application is: Creative Project Funding Application

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: October 5, 2018
  • Winter Semester: February 15, 2019


Fulton grants are only open to students who have been accepted as a Major or Minor to one of the programs within the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.

The basic criteria for this funding grant is whether or not the proposed activity makes a significant contribution to a student’s academic interests or moves the student toward his or her future career path. The project must be an essential part of the student’s educational purposes, tied to their scholarly and/or professional goals.

Application Procedure

Fulton funding applications are now available online (see above). The application should be filled out online by the deadline at 11:59 PM. Each application must be endorsed by a full time faculty mentor, and you must meet and discuss your proposal with your faculty mentor before the application deadline. If you do not meet with your faculty mentor before the deadline, you will be automatically disqualified.

For questions, contact Lindsi Neilson by email ( or the front desk at 801-422-6645.

Follow-up Materials (Required if funds are approved)

If funding is approved, in order to receive the last 5% or $25 of your funding you must write a thank-you note addressed to Ira Fulton, thanking him for the funding and describing how this funding helped you. Please include a photo of yourself and/or one of your project.

The form can be found here.

Other Conditions:

Funding must be used within nine months of the time it is awarded. (Exceptions to this guideline must be approved in writing on the TMA Department’s Executive Committee.