Actorsingers Memorial Scholarship Program
The Actorsingers organization will award scholarship assistance to a graduating High School senior who has a history of active participation in Actorsingers sanctioned shows or functions. This scholarship seeks to encourage the ideals of Volunteerism and Community Service. In giving this scholarship to a student who has exhibited a continuous striving for excellence and knowledge, the Actorsingers will honor the lives of numerous members who passed on while still active in the organization.
The award will be made in recognition of the student's interest in the Arts and Community Service and will be given regardless of need. The award will be weighted toward theater arts education, but not exclusively. It will be awarded regardless of a student's choice of institution.
The amount of the award will depend on the Scholarship Fund Balance, but will be a minimum of $250. The number of scholarships and the amounts to be awarded will be determined by the Board of Directors. The award may not be given every year. The Selection Committee, comprised of the President, the Treasurer, a Board member and two Community Leaders appointed by the Board, will recommend to the Board the number and amount of the scholarships to be awarded in any year.
Reminder: The application deadline is MAY 1st each year.
For further information about the Scholarship Program, call or write the Scholarship Program Chair:
Actorsingers Scholarship Program
attn Chuck Emmons
PO Box 91
Nashua, NH 03061
email: [email protected]
Prior scholarship recipients
2023 Scholarships given in loving memory of Anne Harvey
Scholarship recipient - Sophia Desilets
2022 Scholarships given in loving memory of Stan Polan, Tricia Baker-Schmidt, Lauren Cassidy-Lopez, Rowena Carr, George 'Gig' Marineau, Al Miller, Rachel Simoneau, Tracy Smith, and Serra Sullivan
Stan Polan - Life Member, long time Board member (Treasurer), performer, served between the mid 1970's through 2000's, 1st Chair of the Scholarship Committee
Tricia Baker-Schmidt - Served as producer, publicity committee chair and performer for several shows in the late 1990’s. Integral to the start of the NH Theatre Awards.
Lauren Cassidy-Lopez - performer, committee member for make-up, costumes and fight direction for many shows 2001-2009. AS scholarship recipient in 2006.
Rowena Carr - Played Cello in show pits between 1972 and 1996
George ‘Gig’ Marineau - Worked backstage with his wife Carolyn on multiple shows between 1975 and 1983.
Al Miller - Performer, committee member for various shows between 1966 and 1973. Director of AS’s first ‘Fiddler’.
Rachel Simoneau - Wife of former president Ed, props chair for numerous shows between the 1950’s and mid-1960’s
Tracy Smith - Performer, served on committees for costumes, props, stage crew, set painting, audition board and cast party between 1989 and 2009
Serra Sullivan - Performed in Shrek Jr (2017) and Wizard of Oz (2018)
Scholarship recipient - Mary Holland
2020 Scholarships given in loving memory of Irene Archambault, Frank Graham and Betty Thomson
Irene Archambault - Actorsingers Life Member (1973), performer, committee member for publicity, house, costumes, usher.
Frank Graham - Performer, lighting, concessions, audition committee member, usher between 1961-1985, husband of life member Elaine Graham
Betty Thomson - performer, choreographer, ass’t director, committee member for make-up, sets, props, costumes, publicity, and audition board between 1991-2001. Well-known and active in community theater circles between Nashua and Concord. Mother of Life Member, Beth Fenske
Scholarship recipients - Casey Ingraham, Shayla Melanson, Jonah Savage
2018 Scholarships given in loving memory of Dustin Blake, Stephen Norris and Warren Tomasian
Dustin Blake - Performed in 2015 teen production of “Footloose”
Stephen Norris - Music Director for 16 shows over the span of 30 years starting in fall of 1965 with Kiss Me Kate (first show in Keefe Auditorium) during the period of transition between the James Wood/Artistic Director period through to 1994’s Here’s Love.
Warren Tomasian - Life Member since 1980. worked backstage on shows sets starting with South Pacific 1966 (Stage Manager) for next 30 plus years he did props, lighting, stage crew, eventually focusing on set construction.
Scholarship recipients - Samuel Cohen, Mackenzie Goodwin, Kendyl Trott
2017 Scholarships given in loving memory of Lorraine Graham, Dorothy Marcek and James Wood
Lorraine Graham - Life member since 1978
Dorothy Marcek - Life member since 1977
James Wood - Founding member 1955
Scholarship recipients - Hayleigh Scott, Vienna Scott
2016 Scholarships given in loving memory of Grace Bolen, Joshua Friedman and Francesca Bosowski
Grace Bolen: Life member since 1984, director, actress, costumer between late ‘60’s-late ‘80’s
Francesca Bosowski: Life member since 1980, actress, production helper from mid ‘60’s to early ‘80’s
Joshua Friedman: Life member since 2011, actor, stage hand from early ‘90’s to early ‘10’s
Scholarship recipient - Selena Miller
2015 Scholarships given in loving memory of JoAnn Duhamel and Janet Christie
2014 Scholarships given in loving memory of Jo Millet and Robert Daigle
No Scholarship applicants
2012 Scholarships given in loving memory of Kay Goranson and Ed Wall
Bailie de Lacy
Catherine M. Wenrich
Sarah C. Wenrich
2010 Scholarships given in loving memory of Rebecca Tabat
Chelsea de Lacy
2009 Scholarships given in loving memory of Margaret (Penny) Tamulonis
2008 Scholarships given in loving memory of John Liljeberg and Betty Badeau
2007 Scholarships given in loving memory of Betty Callahan, Mary Wall, and Jared Nathan
Taryn A. Trebach
2006 Scholarships given in loving memory of Albin Tamulonis
2005 Scholarships given in loving memory of Maurice (Moe) Coutu
2004 Scholarships given in loving memory of Mary Beth Lyon
Rebecca Ann Redman
2002 Scholarships given in loving memory of Barry Bonner
2001 Scholarship given in loving memory of Abby Hall
2000 Scholarship given in loving memory of Barbara Page
Shawn Koczarski (2000)
Shannon Murphy (1999)