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Aberdeen Community Theatre honors the co-founder of ACT, Donald H. Hall, through an endowed scholarship fund given in his name: The Donald H. Hall Scholarship Endowment.


The interest from this fund is awarded to students attending Northern State University who have been involved in theater at ACT and NSU, and to students with financial need who are involved in ACT’s Young People’s Theatre program. The fund is administered by ACT.


Thank you for considering a contribution to this endowed fund that assists students involved in theater arts while honoring this important figure in ACT’s history. Please direct questions about the scholarship or application process please contact us.

Prerequisite requirements to receive scholarship

Up to two full-time (12-credit hours) and/or up to two half-time (6-credit hours) scholarships will be awarded annually. Award amounts will be between $250.00 and $500.00 and awarded annually with half of the funds disbursed to the recipients in the fall and half in the spring semester. Onstage experience is not required to be awarded this scholarship.


A requirement for receiving and retaining the scholarship for two semesters includes auditioning for and/or working behind-the-scenes for a minimum of one show at ACT, ACT/Young People’s Theatre, or NSU during the year this scholarship is awarded. Tell us about your ACT or ACT/Young People’s Theatre experience, onstage or backstage, previous to the school year the scholarship is awarded. Also tell of your attendance at NSU for the school year this scholarship is awarded.

Complete a brief statement regarding your need and eligibility. This statement can be a maximum one page, 12-point type. Also submit a complete resume of your theater experience. List what show, with what theater, what theater experience was gained and onstage (role played) or backstage (stage manager, props, costumes, etc.) duty for each show listed.

About the Don Hall Scholarship

This endowed scholarship fund was started by friends of Donald H. Hall to honor him as a stalwart theater arts supporter in Aberdeen. He was co-founder of ACT 2, Inc. Without Don there would be no Aberdeen Community Theatre. Northern State University (NSU) and the community, working together, started a theater program in 1979 with students and interested individuals mounting one show each summer session. In 1980, ACT 2, Inc.  – doing business as Aberdeen Community Theatre (ACT)  – was incorporated as its own 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but ACT still worked closely with NSU.  From 1980 to 1993, ACT’s primary home was NSU’s Johnson Fine Arts Center. ACT acquired the Capitol Theatre in 1993 and moved out of the Johnson Fine Arts Center, but the close relationship with NSU still exists.


Young People's Theatre Scholarship

Young People's Theatre's mission is to build character and confidence one child at a time. If a family can't afford the YPT tuition, there are scholarships available for those who need help. Find out more about YPT, and download the application for a scholarship!

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