Polly Holliday Scholarship Award

Please Note: Funding for this scholarship has been transferred to the new Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship. We are no longer accepting applications for the Polly Holliday Scholarship named in honor of legendary Polly Holliday, renowned stage, film and television actor.

2018-2019 Holliday Scholar

Congratulations, Jocelyn D’Aquila!

Jocelyn D’Aquila is an incoming freshman at the University of West Florida where she has been accepted into the Kulgelman Honors program. She plans to study theatre and business. After graduation Jocelyn hopes to work managing a theatre company. During high school Jocelyn was an active member in her theatre department working onstage and offstage. As a performer, she has played Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Empress in New Clothes for the Emperor, and The White Rabbit in Shrek: The Musical. As a technician, she has been Stage Manager for Seussical the Musical, Assistant Stage Manager for Monsters in the Closet, Assistant Stage Manager for Commedia del Pinocchio, and Costume Crew Chief for Around the World in Eighty Days. Since her sophomore year of high school, she was a member of the International Thespian Society, Troupe 6328. As a senior, she was elected by her peers as president of the troupe. During her summer before college Jocelyn has been working internships with Venice Theatre and Urbanite Theatre. She is very thankful to receive this scholarship because she believes attending this conference will allow her to grow as a young artist.

Recent Polly Holliday Scholars


Faith Craig ~ 2016 Scholar

“I was truly honored to be awarded the Polly Holliday Scholarship in 2016. I put the scholarship towards my college career at Coastal Carolina University as a Theatre Design Major. The Polly Holliday Scholarship helped transform my dreams of becoming a lighting designer and master electrician into a reality. I am forever grateful.”


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.”


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