Duckie DeMere Scholarships

Hawthorne Players is one of the oldest community theatre companies in the St. Louis area.  It produces three plays each year at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre.  In addition to its theatrical productions, Hawthorne actively promotes the performing arts in the community, especially in schools.  A key component of this effort is a scholarship program.


Duckie DeMere Scholarships, named after the late veteran Hawthorne actress and director, have been presented  annually since 1992.  Over one hundred students have received grants totaling more than $65,000. 

Interested students should email a single PDF document to that includes:

1) Name, mailing address and email address, phone, and high school attending

2) Information on the student's involvement in the performing arts both at school and in the community. (List productions, roles, crews, etc.)

3) A 250-word essay on the importance of the performing arts in community life

4) College plans

Ask ONE high school theatre, music or other performing arts teacher to email a recommendation by March 15, 2023 to


FOR MORE INFORMATION send an email to

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Lana Anne Berry

Pattonville High School

Emma Klasing

Incarnate Word Academy

Connor Lorino

Pattonville High School

Meredith Stroud

Pattonville High School

SScholarships will be awarded to North St. Louis County students involved in music, theatre or dance

Application deadline:  March 15, 2023

No late applications will be considered!