Congratulations to our 2016 NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship recipients!

Autumn McLaughlin and Victoria Mitchell will split the $3,000 prize! Autumn is a rising senior at UNC-Charlotte, and Victoria is a rising junior at Meredith College. Both recipients are Theatre Education majors, and we are thrilled to honor them with this scholarship!

Autumn McLaughlin

"I would like to thank the North Carolina Theatre Conference for the Constance Welsh Theatre scholarship! It is not only an incredible honor, but a true blessing to be the recipient. This is a crucial stepping stone towards my path as a future theatre educator. I look forward to utilizing this opportunity to encourage art as an avenue to inspire and give a voice to young minds."

- Autumn McLaughlin

"I'm honored to receive the Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship! This award and NCTC's support means so much to me, and I will be forever grateful. I am extremely passionate about the importance of the arts in schools, and believe they are fundamental in the growth of students. This scholarship will help me give students the same opportunities I was given in school by my theatre teacher!"

- Victoria Mitchell

Victoria Mitchell

About the Scholarship

This scholarship was established to support undergraduate or graduate study in the field of Theatre for Youth or Theatre Arts Education. The scholarship is an unrestricted award. Up to $3,000 will be awarded. Both the NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship and the NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award are named in honor of artist and teacher Constance (Connie) Welsh. Connie founded the Tarradiddle Players (now the professional touring company at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), and the Davidson Community Players, while encouraging the creation of Charlotte Repertory Theatre and other companies. Connie inspired many artists and theatres that fondly remember her tireless support and enthusiastic participation.


About NCTC Scholarships

NCTC awards two scholarships in alternating years: the Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship, and the William Rackley Undergraduate Theatre Scholarship, which supports undergraduates studying in the field of theatre/drama.


NCTC awards scholarships in connection with the NCTC High School Play Festival and NCTC College Discovery Day.


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The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) also offers several college scholarships. Get more information here.