Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a graduate degree in costume design and/or technology. The award is named after Marian A. Smith who served as Executive Director of SETC for 26 years and helped make SETC what it is today.

2019-2020 Scholarship Applications

Applications Open: Jan. 1, 2019
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials in a single, multi-page PDF document to by the deadline:

  • Completed Application Form
  • A personal letter outlining plans and objectives
  • A complete resume
  • 10 samples of completed work or renderings (digital images or website links)
  • Names, addresses and phone numbers of three to five references
  • Complete transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

One Scholar Will Receive

  • $1,500
  • Free one-year SETC student membership
  • Free registration for the 2020 SETC Convention
  • Photo and bio recognition on the SETC website


Candidates must meet each of these qualifications to be eligible for this award:

  • You must be planning to attend an accredited program of graduate studies in Costume Design and/or Costume Technology as a full-time student during the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • You must have graduated from, be currently attending, or have plans to attend an accredited academic institution in one of the following 10 states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia.

Selection Process and Timeline:

  • Applications Accepted: Jan. 1 – April 1, 2019
  • Application Reviews / Candidate Interviews: April – June 2019
  • Winning Scholar Announced on SETC Website: June 30, 2019
  • Scholarship Funds Available: Upon Proof of Matriculation, 2019-2020 Academic Year
  • Winning Scholar Attends SETC Convention: 71st Annual Convention; Louisville, KY; Feb. 26 – Mar. 1, 2020


Questions about submitting application materials should be sent to Other questions about this scholarship should be sent to the Smith Scholarship Chair Theresa Bush.

2018-2019 Smith Costume Scholar

Congratulations, Anthony Gary!

Anthony R.L. Gary is enrolled at the University of Southern Mississippi’s MFA Costume Design and Technology program. He earned a B.G.S. in Theatre Arts and minors in Sociology and Spanish from Southeastern Louisiana University. As a native of Southern Louisiana, Anthony is inspired by diversity in art, music and culture.

Anthony has worked on 30 productions that range from straight plays, children’s theatre, musical theatre and opera. As a Graduate Assistant in USM’s Costume Shop, he serves as a crafts artisan and draper for mainstage productions and as a costume and makeup designer. He is currently working at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival as the Asst. Shop Manager and Wig Master, as well as working on his thesis project, designing hair and makeup for Cabaret at USM.

The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship will provide him the opportunity to better promote his work, network, and explore costuming within digital world. He is incredibly grateful and honored to be the 2018-2019 recipient.

Scholarship Stories

Recent Smith Costume Scholars share what winning the scholarship meant to their studies and how the award funds helped them pursue their ambitions:

2015 & 2016 ~ Alyssa Couturier-Herndon

“The Marian A. Smith Scholarship has had a tremendous impact on my professional development. It has enabled me to purchase new equipment and pursue advanced theatre opportunities that would otherwise have been impossible. I am extremely grateful for this support.”

2014 ~ Jacquelyn Loy

“The Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship provided me with the means to better promote my work. It allowed me to invest in a higher quality printer and a scanner that can accommodate my larger renderings, which can be up to 11″ x 17″. This has helped me in keeping my online portfolio up to date, but also to print images for my physical portfolio — helping me advertise myself and find work in different states every year and continue to grow as an artist and technician. I am so grateful to this scholarship and the amazing opportunities I’ve had as a result of SETC’s generosity and support! It also helped me to find confidence in my work and encouraged me to continue to push my boundaries as a leader in the workplace.”