The SETC is proud to award scholarships for
individuals continuing their study in theatre.


SETC’s Scholarship/Awards Fund supports each award. You may also be interested in SETC’s awards.


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  • Funds are disbursed the first week in July. 

Scholarship Application and Selection Process

Applications for all graduate and undergraduate SETC scholarships are accepted from Jan. 1 to April 15, annually. Winning scholars are announced by June 30 and invited to attend the following year’s SETC Convention with registration and membership fees waived. Scholarship money is made available upon proof of matriculation. Scholars may use their award funds however they see fit.

For Undergraduate Study

Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship

SETC’s Steve Bayless Undergraduate Scholarship awards $2,000 to a high school student on entering a college or university in the SETC region to major in theatre. 

For Graduate Study

Leighton M. Ballew Directing Scholarship Award

SETC’s Leighton M. Ballew Directing Scholarship awards $2,500 to a student to study directing at a regionally accredited graduate school.

Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship Award

SETC’s Denise Halbach Performance Scholarship awards $2,000 to a student to study acting or musical theatre at a regionally accredited graduate program.

Robert Porterfield Scholarship Award

SETC’s Robert Porterfield Scholarship awards $2,000 to a student entering or attending a regionally accredited graduate school to study theatre. 

Marian A. Smith Costume Scholarship Award

SETC’s Marion A. Smith Costume Scholarship awards $1,500 to a student pursuing a graduate degree in costume design and/or technology at a regionally accredited program. 

William E. Wilson Scholarship Award

SETC’s William E. Wilson Scholarship awards $5,000 to a secondary school educator pursuing a theatre degree or a speech and theatre degree at a regionally accredited graduate program. 

Please note: Award amounts and other details for each scholarship are subject to change from year to year. Up-to-date information for each scholarship cycle will be available by the start of each year’s application window.