Senior Thespian Scholarship

South Carolina Thespian Chapter awards a total of $2500 in scholarships.  The students are chosen by a panel of judges.  The students may receive scholarships for the following catergories; Acting, Technical Theatre, or Theatre Education.  The application for SC Senior Thespian Scolarship is located below.  

Requirements of a Senior Thespian Scholarship Applicant:

  • Seniors who are active Thespians (inducted into a troupe, participating on a regular basis) 

  • Plan to major or minor in the communicative arts are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

  • A Completed application

  • A One Page, 8 ½” X 11”, one-side only resume; including:  theatrical roles, technical jobs, producing organization; theatrical classes, training, location, and instructor; significant experiences you have had in your Thespian troupe, school theatre department including offices, committee work, leadership, service projects, your goals for college, your plans after college

  • Audition and Interview

  • $10 Fee paid with Delegate Registration

Additional Requirements:


Acting/Musical Theatre

A head shot (recommended, not required )

A presentation of two contrasting monologues totaling no more than 3 minutes (students who wish to audition in musical theatre are allowed to additionally include a selection no more than 30 seconds long and must provide CD/Tape accompaniment.)

Technical Theatre

A portfolio containing work samples that illustrate a range of work from conceptualization to production realization of a design.

Drama Education

Two letters of recommendation that validate your expressed desire to pursue a career in drama education.

Official documentation that indicates your preferred major at a university in which you have been accepted in drama education or its equivalent. A presentation of this work to be no longer than five minutes in length.    


There is no limit to the number of students per school who can audition for scholarship. Teachers are encouraged to make some local guidelines to screen students who may not be successful with the auditions. Ideally, five $500.00 scholarships will be awarded; two in acting, one in musical theatre, one in technical theatre, and one in theatre education. Our qualified judges, however, have the final decision on how the money will be distributed.  Once the student has been notified she/he has won the scholarship, she/he  will need to contact Nationals to send it to her/his chosen college or university. 


PDA Blair Beasley

Award of Excellence


  1. All seniors participating in a PDA production are eligible for  the Blair Beasley Award of Excellence.        

  2.  Any senior student with an acting role shall be eligible for an award. 

  3. Any senior student who personally designed or ran a technical component of a performance shall be eligible for an award.  This would include the management of a production.

  4. Any senior student who submitted an original plathat was chosen for a production at the festival shall be eligible for an award. 

  5. There shall be a minimum of 2 awards.  These awards can be for either acting, playwriting, or technical work.

  6. Each award will be up to $1,000.  This is a non-renewable award.

  7. Teachers of eligible students shall submit a recommendation form for each candidate to the PDA officials before the January deadline.  The TEACHER RECOMMENDATION FORM is at the bottom of this page.

  8. Eligible students shall submit a resume application to the PDA officials before the deadline. 

  9. Performance adjudicators will narrow all eligible candidattes to a field of ten.   

  10. The ten finalists will have an interview and/or portfolio review with adjudicators on Sunday morning.  Acting finalists will not “audition”.  Their work will have already been seen, or in the case of an original play, read .

  11. Physical awards will be given to the two winners at the awards ceremony.  Monetary awards will be given once the student is enrolled in a college/university and proof of enrollment is given to the PDA treasurer.

  12. $10.00 FEE PER ENTRY

All forms must be UPLOADED with the Delegate Registration by JANUARY  24, 2020! However, PDF Forms must be DOWNLOADED and SAVED on a computer before being filled in. Your responses will not be saved if typed within the webpage. Documents then need to be printed for signatures and scanned to be uploaded. Each scholarship has a $10 fee with the application.

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