McCulley-Scammon Scholarship

The McCulley-Scammon Scholarship, a $4,000 scholarship payable over 4 years, is available to Greater Virginia Peninsula residents meeting the following requirements:

  1. Be a senior at, or have graduated within three years of the due date of the Application from, an accredited high school on the Greater Virginia Pennisula
  2. Have maintained a cumulative B average throughout the four years of high school
  3. Have been accepted as a student to a college, university, or professional school in an academic degree program in theatre, musical theatre or dance. The Board of Directors of the Williamsburg Players may accept alternative curricula which meet high professional standards.

The application process is composed of two parts.


Part One -- Instructions for Applications

Applicants must submit the following to be received by Friday, March 31, 2017:

  1. A completed Application Form (PDF). (see Scholarship Application).
  2. An essay of not more than 150 words describing the applicant's interest in pursuing a career in theatre or dance.
  3. Two recommendations -- one from a person with whom the applicant has worked or studied, and one from anyone not a relative of the applicant.
  4. An official transcript of the applicant's high school record (current college students should also provide a college transcript).
  5. A current photograph -- 4x6 or 5x7.

A review committee will evaluate all completed applications/submissions and select those which merit further consideration.

Part Two -- Instructions for Auditions and Interviews

Applicants selected to proceed to the second phase of the process will be invited to audition and be interviewed on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Actors, singers, and dancers should prepare two short, contrasting pieces to perform. Playwrights should bring two examples of their work. Applicants interested in technical aspects of theatre or dance should bring examples of their work, which may include schematic drawings and photographs of set designs, costume designs, lighting plots, etc.

The Scholarship recipient will be chosen based on his or her application, audition and interview, and will be notified by mail as soon as possible. A letter of acceptance from the recipient is required, postmarked no later than 10 days following receipt of notification.

Payment and Renewal

An annual payment of $1,000 will be paid directly to the recipient after the first semester of each of the four school years, subject to the following: the receipt by the Treasurer of the Williamsburg Players of an official transcript certifying grade compliance and the recipient's continuation in an approved theatrical field of study.

Grade compliance is defined as the maintenance of at least a B average in theatre and dance courses and a C or above in all other subjects throughout the four years. If the recipient fails to successfully complete any semester, or if he or she transfers to another major field of study, the Scholarship will be canceled.

Application material must be received by Friday, March 31, 2017. All submissions will become the property of the Williamsburg Players. Please address material as follows:


Betsy Jo Spence
Scholarship Chairman
The Williamsburg Players
PO Box 91
Williamsburg, VA 23187-0091