Polly Holliday Scholarship Award

The Polly Holliday Scholarship is awarded each year to a qualified High School Senior planning to attend an accredited college or university in the SETC region* to major in theatre.

Deadline to Apply: January 28, 2017

The Polly Holliday Scholarship Award was funded by a bequest from the legendary Polly Holliday, renowned stage, film and television actor.

Award Amount

The amount of the award is $1,000.


Any qualified high school senior in the SETC region* who is planning to attend a regionally accredited college or university in the SETC region* with the intent of majoring in Theatre Arts is eligible to apply for the Polly Holliday Scholarship.

* The SETC region includes the following 10 Southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

The 2017 Polly Holliday Scholar Will Receive:

  • A complimentary one-year student membership in SETC
  • Complimentary convention registration, hotel room, and a ticket for for the Annual Awards Banquet for the student’s freshman year of college (Spring 2018)
  • Assistance with arrangements for travel to Convention
  • $50 to be spent as needed during the student’s stay at Convention
  • A letter of congratulations presented during the Annual Awards Banquet
  • A check for $1,000 upon verification of enrollment in a college or university


The awarding of the Polly Holliday Award is based on financial need, talent, and the potential for academic success in college.

2017 Application Process:

Each scholarship application must include the following:

  • An official transcript, along with verification of class rank and available SAT or ACT scores from the high-school guidance counselor or principal.
  • Three completed and sealed Recommendation Forms, with one being from the nominee’s high school principal.
  • The student’s completed Nominee Resume Form.
  • Use the forms provided for all information.  Include no attachments.
  • Use no staples.  Mail all forms under one cover.

Application deadline: January 28, 2017.
The winner will be announced by April 14, 2017.
The award will be presented during the Annual Awards Banquet at the SETC Convention in 2018.


For more information, please contact:

Gary Weatherly
Polly Holliday Scholarship Committee Chair

Recent Polly Holliday Scholars

Faith Craig ~ 2016 Scholar

Faith Christmas Craig is a senior at Corner High School. She has spent all four years of her high school career in Corner Theatre Academy, alongside maintaining a 3.9 GPA and participating in 6 AP classes. She has managed to become the head lighting designer of Corner Theatre Academy, and on the weekends she volunteers at Church 29:11 by designing the LED lights each week for the worship team. During this time, she has placed first in the Lighting Design portion of the State Walter Trumbauer Theatre Festival in 2013 through 2015. She’s also received an award in the Alabama Thespians Festival that moves Faith from the state level to the international level in the competition provided by the International Thespians Society.

Faith found her passion for lighting design when she first started theatre her freshman year. Upon arriving on the catwalk, it was clear that she would not be coming down. Faith was drawn to lighting design like bugs are drawn to lightning lamps. Since then, she’s claimed it as her duty as well as her passion to continue on this journey into the technical side of theatre. Her future plans involve going to Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina to earn a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Lighting Design in the Theatre Arts. After obtaining her BFA, Faith plans to go on and strive to acquire a Masters of Fine Arts along with establishing her name as a freelance designer. From then on Faith’s aspirations continue to grow as a freelance artist, where her main goal is to design for Broadway.

Kaylie Elward ~ 2015 Scholar

“Receiving the Polly Holliday Scholarship has been a wonderful experience. Not only has it helped me cover the costs of textbooks throughout my freshman year at Troy University, but it has also given me the opportunity to attend the SETC Convention. I have had the opportunity to speak with people in the community, attend numerous workshops, and see many wonderful productions, all thanks to the generosity of the scholarship committee.”