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.

2018-2019 Scholarship Applications

2018-2019 Applications Open: Jan. 1, 2018
2018-2019 Application Deadline: April 1, 2018 April 6, 2018

How to Apply

Please submit the following materials in a single, multi-page PDF document to info@setc.org by April 1, 2018 April 6, 2018:

  • 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 2019 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 2018-2019 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, 2018 April 6, 2018
  • Application Reviews / Candidate Interviews: April – June 2018
  • Winning Scholar Announced on SETC Website: June 30, 2018
  • Scholarship Funds Available: Upon Proof of Matriculation, 2018-2019 Academic Year
  • Winning Scholar Attends SETC Convention: Feb. 28 – March 3, 2019


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.

Recent Polly Holliday Scholars

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


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.”