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.

In 2015, NCTC will award the William Rackley Undergraduate Theatre Scholarship. The scholarship is an unrestricted award. Up to $3,000 will be awarded and more than one recipient may be chosen. Application information coming soon.


Congratulations to Victoria Neff, recipient of the 2014 Constance Welsh Memorial Scholarship! Victoria is a senior at East Carolina University, pursuing a dual emphasis in Theatre for Youth and Theatre Education.

Victoria Neff

Victoria, at a workshop for elementary and middle school students (middle of back row)


“I am deeply honored, greatly humbled, and extremely thankful to accept the 2014 Constance Welsh Scholarship. This award is a testament to NCTC’s tradition of fostering North Carolina’s budding thespians as well as their mentors.

I’ve had the tremendous fortune to work with a number of NC’s exceptional theatre arts educators, including the phenomenal teaching artists at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, the wonderful teachers of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and the extraordinary faculty and students at East Carolina University. Moreover, I’ve had the great privilege of working with children of all ages through these and other organizations, and I am committed to carrying on this legacy in my own classroom.

I enjoy working with children and helping to instill their passion for theatre. Nurturing their love of and talent for the performing arts and sharing in their wonder, excitement and energy has been—and will remain—a lifelong endeavor, and it’s the reason I’m at ECU. This scholarship will support me in my studies next year as a senior, student teaching in Pitt County. Thank you so very much for helping me achieve my dream!” - Victoria Neff

Both the NCTC Constance Welsh Memorial 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.


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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.