NCTC awards two scholarships in alternating years: the Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship, and the William Rackley Undergraduate Theatre Scholarship, which supports undergraduates studying in the field of theatre/drama. NCTC also awards scholarships in connection with the NCTC High School Play Festival and NCTC College Day. The Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) also offers several college scholarships.

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2025 NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship

The Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship was established to support undergraduate or graduate study in the field of Theatre for Youth or Theatre Arts Education. The scholarship is an unrestricted award. Up to $3,000 will be awarded.

Applications will open in January 2025.

The scholarship will be awarded to a full-time student at a college or university in North Carolina, who is majoring in Theatre for Youth or Theatre Arts Education. Rising undergraduate juniors and seniors, or those currently enrolled or enrolling in a graduate program for the 2023-24 academic year are eligible to apply.

Successful applicants will have demonstrated a high degree of academic achievement, as well as a commitment to and potential for success in their field. Priority will be given to students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher. 

Applications will be reviewed by a committee from the NCTC Board of Directors and must include:

  • Application form
  • Personal statement (max. 500 words) explaining why the applicant is deserving of the scholarship, and what receiving the scholarship would mean to them. Must be uploaded with application.
  • Letter of recommendation from a professor, director, youth leader, or other appropriate mentor that can speak to the applicant’s character, as well as their work in theatre. Must be uploaded with application.
  • The deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 1.
  • Applicants will be notified by May 1 if selected for the award.

2024 William Rackley Undergraduate Theatre Scholarship

Congratulations Jordan Ingersoll!

Jordan is studying Design/Technical Theatre at Greensboro College. 

Theatre has been, and will continue to be, the beautiful space where I nurture my creativity as a designer and technician. Being awarded this scholarship means the world to me as it will ensure I can continue my education and endeavors to create. I am honored by NCTC to be the recipient of this esteemed scholarship!”

About Constance Welsh

Both the NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre Scholarship and the NCTC Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award are named in honor of artist and teacher Constance (Connie) Welsh. Connie founded the Tarradiddle Players (now the professional touring company at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte), and the Davidson Community Players, while encouraging the creation of Charlotte Repertory Theatre and other companies. Connie inspired many artists and theatres that fondly remember her tireless support and enthusiastic participation.