Polly Holliday Scholarship Award

About the Scholarship

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

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 info@setc.org by the deadline:

  • Completed Application Form
  • A personal letter outlining plans and objectives for theatre study
  • A complete theatre resume
  • Three letters of reference, one from high school principal, addressing the applicant’s need for financial assistance to attend college as well as evaluation of talent and potential for academic success as a theatre major – Reference letters may be sent directly to info@setc.org
  • Complete transcript including GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores

One Scholar Will Receive

  • $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 a current high school senior in the SETC region*
  • You must be planning to attend an accredited program of theatre studies in the SETC region* during the 2019-2020 academic year.

* The SETC region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and 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 info@setc.org. Other questions about this scholarship should be sent to the Holliday Scholarship Chair Gary Weatherly.

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.”