The William Rackley 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. 

Eligibility, Requirements & Dates

The scholarship will be awarded to a rising college junior or senior (for the 2017-18 academic year), who is enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university in North Carolina; pursuing a major in a drama/theatre program; who is also a graduate of a North Carolina high school. 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, March 10.

Personal Statement

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. 


Two Letters of Recommendation

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. 



Your resume should include any relevant theatre experience.

Application Deadline: March 10


Notification Date: May 1

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 scholarship.

The deadline for the application has passed.
About NCTC Scholarships

NCTC awards two scholarships in alternating years: the William Rackley Theatre Scholarship, and the Constance Welsh Memorial Scholarship, which supports undergraduate or graduate study in the field of Theatre for Youth or Theatre Education.

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. Get more information here.