Secondary School Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Secondary School Scholarship is designated for a high school student on entering a college or university in the SETC region to major in theatre.

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 for theatre study
  • A complete theatre resume
  • Three letters of reference, one from high school principal, addressing the applicant’s talent and potential for academic success as a theatre major – Reference letters may be sent directly to
  • Complete transcript including GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores

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 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 Other questions about this scholarship should be sent to the Secondary School Scholarship Chair Kendall Kiker.

2018-2019 Secondary School Scholar

Congratulations, Nia Blondell!

A home schooled student, Nia will attend the University of Mary Washington (UMW) and pursue a double major in Theater and Political Science. She began performing at the age of eight and has been cast in lead and ensemble roles in both community theater and professional productions. On the small screen, Nia appeared in the PBS drama “Mercy Street.” Behind the scenes she has worked as dance captain and make-up artist, assistant instructor at a Montessori school after school theater program, and director of a summer theater camp for a Virginia Beach home school program. Nia was honored by the Little Theater of Norfolk with the Jeffrey W. Corriveau Scholarship for graduating seniors. In addition, the University of Mary Washington Department of Theater and Dance selected her as the winner of the Barbara Crickenberger Hall Theater Scholarship which is awarded to an incoming freshman who demonstrates potential to excel in theater.

Scholarship Stories

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

Devon Mandell ~ 2017-2018 Scholar

“This recognition brought me a form of confidence I have never felt before. My mom was with me when I realized I had been granted this scholarship and the excitement we shared was priceless. Not only am I proud to accept this scholarship, but I am proud to represent my family and high school theatre family through this accomplishment.”

Jensen Brielle Fleisher ~ 2016-2017 Scholar

“Winning the SETC Secondary Scholarship solidified a confidence within me that I wasn’t able to grasp onto before. It was like any negative opinions there were about me didn’t matter anymore. The experience of the entire ordeal was truly eye opening, and I felt so honored to represent my school, family and high school theatre in such a beautiful setting.”