Pat Hingle was a renowned actor of stage and screen who once called Wilmington home. Mr. Hingle is best known to a generation of movie fans as Commissioner James Gordon in the first four “Batman” films.

The Pat Hingle in Theatre Arts is administered annually by Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT). The scholarship will be awarded each year to a young person entering college who has proven to be a serious student of the theatre with plans to further their theatrical education after graduation.  Applicants must have been active with Thalian Association Community Theatre and/or the Youth Theatre as performers, designers, or technicians. Performers are encouraged to have worked in a backstage capacity as well.

Applications for the scholarship are available August 1 to rising seniors who will graduate from high school the following year. The deadline for applications is March 1st of the year of graduation. Applications must be accompanied by letters of recommendation from applicants’ high school music, dance, drama and/or technical theater teachers, if their respective school offers such programs; their guidance counselor; and two directors with whom the applicant has worked. The directors should attest to the applicant’s responsibility, work ethic, talents, dedication and potential. Applicants must submit school report cards from the previous two years (10th and 11th grades). Early application is encouraged so that the selection panel may familiarize themselves with the applicants over time. Applicants shall keep TACT appraised of their theatrical endeavors subsequent to the date of their application so that TACT may have the opportunity to see their work.

Applicants must have accepted placement in a college, university or training program by May 2021.

The scholarship winner will be announced in June 2021 at the Thalian Association Community Theatre Annual Meeting at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center. There shall be no stipulation as to how the scholarship is used.

TACT reserves the right to withhold the scholarship if, in the panel’s opinion, no deserving applicant is recognized.

The scholarship for 2021 will be $500.00.

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