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The William Rackley Undergraduate Theatre Scholarship was established to support undergraduate study in the field of drama/theatre. The scholarship is an unrestricted award. Up to $3,000 will be awarded.

The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of a North Carolina high schoola rising college junior or senior (for the 2015-16 academic year), who is enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university in North Carolina; and pursuing a major in a drama/theatre program.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated a high degree of academic achievement, as well as a commitment to and potential for success in their field. Priority will be given to students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. The deadline to apply for this scholarship has been extended to Friday, March 20 at 11:59pm.

The personal statement (no more than 500 words) should explain why the applicant is deserving of the scholarship, and what receiving the scholarship would mean to him/her. The two letters of recommendation should be from professors, directors, youth leaders, or other appropriate mentors that can speak to the applicant’s character, as well as their work in theatre.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee from the NCTC Board of Directors. Finalists for the scholarship may be asked to participate in a phone interview. Applicants will be notified by May 1 if selected for the award.

NCTC awards two scholarships in alternating years: the Constance Welsh Memorial Scholarship, which supports undergraduate or graduate study in the field of Theatre for Youth or Theatre Arts Education; and the William Rackley Undergraduate Theatre Scholarship, supporting undergraduates studying in the field of theatre/drama.

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NCTC also 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. Click here for more information.