SETC Awards & Scholarships
The Secondary School Scholarship – Website Link
$1,500 to a high school student on entering a regionally accredited college or university in the SETC region to major in theatre (talent based) Deadline: January 15th
The Polly Holliday Award – Website Link
$1,000 to a student entering a regionally accredited undergraduate school to study theatre (need based) Deadline: January 21st
High School New Play Project – Website Link
The SETC High School New Play Project is dedicated to the encouragement and development of worthy new one act plays written by high school playwrights. SETC High School New Play Award is $250 and a Staged Play Reading at the Annual Convention. The winner must be present. Entry: Between October 1st and December 1st.
Keynote Emerging Artists of Promise Awards – Website Link
A grant presented annually to four high school students who show promise in theatre and would benefit from a grant to attend the convention. KEAP recipients are recognized for their dedication to theatre and academic excellence at keynote addresses, the state luncheon and the SETC Awards Banquet.
Scholarship for High School Teacher Pursuing Graduate Degree
The William E. Wilson Award – Website Link
$6,000 to a secondary school educator pursuing a graduate degree in theatre or speech and theatre in a regionally accredited graduate program. Deadline: January 15th
Opportunities for College/University Students
through Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC)
The Robert Porterfield Award – Website Link
$3,000 to a student entering or attending a regionally accredited graduate school to study theatre.
Deadline: January 15th
The Leighton M. Ballew Directing Award – Website Link
$3,300 to a student to study directing at a regionally accredited graduate school. Deadline: January 15th
The Marian A. Smith Costume Award – Website Link
$2,000 to a student pursuing a graduate degree in costume design and/or technology at a regionally accredited college or university.
Deadline: January 21st
The Denise Halbach Award – Website Link
$2,000 to a student to study acting or musical theatre at a regionally accredited graduate program. Deadline: January 15th
Design Competition Awards – Website Link
Three internationally acclaimed designers critique graduate and undergraduate entries in Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Costume Crafts & Technology, Properties Design & Construction, and Sound Design. Cash awards are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Places.
Young Scholar’s Award – Website Link
SETC’s History/Theory/Criticism/Literature Committee invites submissions from graduate students and undergraduate students relating to the committee’s interest areas of history, theory, criticism, and literature. One graduate and one undergraduate paper will be chosen to win a cash prize and to present their winning papers at the Annual Convention.
Additional Awards for Anyone
Charles M. Getchell Award (New Play Project) – Website Link
The SETC New Play Project is dedicated to the discovery, development and publicizing of worthy new plays and playwrights. The Charles M. Getchell Award is $1000 and a Staged Play Reading at the Annual Convention. The winner must be present.
Entry: Between March 1st and June 1st annually.
Sara Spencer Child Drama Award – Website Link
Recognizes an individual or organization for distinct achievement in such areas of child drama as: playwriting, performance, audience development, curriculum development, funding, scholarship, community programs, research, television programming, creative drama or other enrichment programs within the SETC Region.
Tom Behm Award
$1,000 to a person working in the field of Theatre for Youth for the purposes of professional development. Deadline: January 15th