Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted for College-Bound Seniors!

The Gerry Connolly Scholarship for the Performing Arts
Deadline:  May 15, 2023!

Board Member Janet Bartelmay presents scholarships to two deserving college-bound seniors in 2019. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

As a way of nurturing future theater artists and recognizing the contribution graduating high school seniors have made to the arts community in our region, Providence Players of Fairfax has established The Gerry Connolly Scholarship for the Performing Arts program that provides scholarships to college-bound students from area high schools. Scholarships are limited each year. This year, we anticipate awarding two scholarships, each of $2,000, to 2023 graduating seniors with a demonstrated commitment to theater arts who have been accepted to a U.S. accredited college or university or conservatory program with an intent to further contribute to theater arts.

Eligible graduating seniors must (1) reside within the school boundaries of Annandale, Fairfax, Falls Church, Meridian, Justice, Marshall, Bishop O’Connell, Trinity Meadow View, Woodson or Yorktown high schools OR (2) have been a member of PPF for at least one year. It is not required that applicants commit to a theater arts major in college, only that they plan on continuing their involvement and contribution to theater arts in the future. Download the 2023 Scholarship Application Form (in Word or .pdf formats)

Applications must be completed and emailed to no later than May 15, 2023. Supplementary materials, listed on the application form must be emailed to or mailed to Providence Players at the address shown on the application.  Providence Players must receive these supplementary materials by May 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the Providence Players of Fairfax Board of Directors.  The criteria for the awards are as follows:

  • 40% based on the applicant’s past involvement in theater arts and contributions made to theater arts;
  • 10% based on the applicant’s contribution to Providence Players of Fairfax (if any); and
  • 50% based on the applicant’s potential to further contribute to theater arts.

Decisions on the scholarship awards will be announced in June, 2023.