The Belfry’s Scholarship Program
Each year, in accordance with our mission to create interest and participation in community theater, the Belfry Theatre provides a scholarship to a deserving high school senior interested in the performing arts. Funds for the scholarship are derived from concession sales from the performances of that season. While there is no stated amount, in recent years it has exceeded $1,000 and has been as high as $1,500.
A scholarship selection committee creates an application and distributes it to all Hamilton County High Schools to develop the pool of qualified applicants.
Hamilton County students interested in applying will need to pick up an audition form at their school's guidance office.
The Scholarship Committee’s Selection Criteria Includes
√ Senior in a Hamilton County High School
√ Scholastic Achievement
√ Pursuing a major or minor course of study in the performing arts (theater, music, etc)
√ Demonstrated participation in drama or music while in high school
√ Character and Leadership Achievements
√ Motivation and goals
2018 Scholarship Recipients
Lauryn a talented, high achieving 2018 graduate of Noblesville High School will be furthering her studies in music education at Ball State University.
Her passion for music at a young age drew Lauryn to the piano which she studied privately for 10 years. In high school she has appeared in numerous musical and drama productions. She has been a valued member of Noblesville’s top state- awarded show choir. In addition, she was recognized for her extraordinary ability and dedication as a teaching assistant in the Noblesville East Middle School choral department.
Lauryn has been a consistent honor roll student throughout middle and high school. She is a member of the International Thespian Society, the NHS Drama Club, and played Travel Soccer from 2008 to 2016 serving as team captain from 2014 to 2015.
Sophie, a 2018 graduate of Carmel High School, is an excellent musician and an outstanding dancer and performer.
As a young child Sophie loved expressing herself through painting, drawing and playing the piano. In fifth grade she participated in a school production of “Annie” and developed a passion to perform in music theatre. Since then she has appeared in over a dozen school, church and Christian Youth Theatre productions including Jane in “Tarzan”, Celisse in “Godspell”, and Scout in “To Kill A Mockingbird”. In 2016 and 2017 she appeared in and served as a CYT summer camp vocal counselor.
During her junior and senior years Sophie was a proud member of the championship Ambassadors Mixed Show Choir. She won a first-place award in the Indiana State School Music Association Vocal Solo Competition.
She is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she has served on the Leadership Board of the Rising Stars Theatre Club and is an Honor Thespian in the International Thespian Society. In the summers of 2015, 2016 and 2017 she was an English teacher to young children in Haiti.
Sophie plans to continue her studies at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois and earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre.
2017 Scholarship Recipient
Maddie is an 18 year-old graduating with academic honors from Noblesville High School.
She served as vice-president of the International Thespians Society and President of the National Honor Society. In 2016 she received the STO All-Star award in regional Thespian competition.
Throughout her middle and high school years she played leading roles in school musicals and theatrical productions in addition to church and community theatre performances.
An accomplished singer, Maddie was a three year member of the Noblesville High School Varsity Show Choir preceded by a year in Sensations – the NHS Junior Varsity Show Choir. She was also active on the Speech Team and in Drama Club.
In preparation for a career in music Maddie studied piano and voice. As a junior she served as an elementary school choir assistant followed by cadet teaching the choir at Noblesville East Middle School her senior year.
She has been accepted and is excited to be entering Indiana Wesleyan University in 2017.
2016 Scholarship Recipient
Haley Patricia Glickman
Haley is an 18-year-old graduating with academic honors from Carmel High School. Theatre has been her passion since she was a young child. She is an International Honor Thespian.
Through all four of her Carmel High School years she has participated in theater classes, acted in 11 productions, teched two productions and directed a one act play. In addition she has performed in Footlite Musicals and Civic Theatre productions. Elected by her peers, she has served this year as President of Carmel's Rising Stars where she has been responsible for fundraising campaigns and celebrations for the group. Her theatre instructor indicates she has a wide range of talent, is creative, intelligent, a leader and a good problem solver.
Haley has been a member of the Ambassador Show Choir for two years. In addition she has participated in community service as an active Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. In the words of her troop leader, "whether she is balancing theatre or show choir, both strenuous, her discipline allows her to find time to perform well academically as well as in her activities."
Last summer she received a scholarship from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy to take a summer intensive acting course in New York City.
As of early April 2016 she had been accepted into Marymount Manhattan College for acting and is waitlisted at The Juilliard School in New York City.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
This season the committee found that two seniors were equally deserving and as such, both will receive a scholarship.
Kaitlyn is a graduate of Hamilton Southeastern. She plans to attend Ball State University to pursue a degree in theatre arts with a minor in legal studies. She was declared a Speech Team state finalist as a result of her talent in character development. Kaitlyn’s passion for the performing arts was expressed by her heavy involvement in Thespians and the countless hours spent in Drama Club both as an actress and in production support. She served as student director for three of Hamilton Southeastern’s theatrical productions.
Lily is a graduate of Noblesville High School. She plans to further her studies at Ball State University with a major in theatre and music. Lily is an accomplished singer and actress having held leading roles in three high school musicals as well as appearances in eight community theatre productions. She has received numerous awards as a vocalist in state solo and Show Choir competitions in addition to representing Noblesville High School for two years in National Speech & Debate Association competitions.
Prior Belfry Theatre Scholarship Winners
|2015||Kaitlyn Hamke||Hamilton Southeastern|
|2014||Corin James Fritz|
|2013||Anna Clare Shinness|
|2009||Alexander D. Smith||Noblesville|
|2001||Leigh Ann Forester||Noblesville|
|1991||Tamara Lockwood||Hamilton Heights|
|1990||Lisa Harney||Hamilton Southeastern|
|1987||Najwa Loh||Hamilton Southeastern|