Now accepting applications for the NCTC Constance Welsh Memorial Theatre 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.




The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student at a college or university in North Carolina, who is majoring in Theatre for Youth or Theatre Arts Education. Rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, or those currently enrolled or enrolling in a graduate program for the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply. 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 is Friday, April 8 at 11:59pm.


Supporting Materials

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 2 if selected for the award.


Apply now!



About Constance Welsh

Both the NCTC Constance Welsh Memorial 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 Memorial 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.