Duckie DeMere Scholarships 2024

Hawthorne Players is one of the oldest community theatre companies in the St. Louis area.  In addition to its theatrical productions in the Florissant Performing Arts Center, Hawthorne actively promotes the performing arts in the community, especially in schools.  A key component of this effort is a scholarship program.


The Duckie DeMere Scholarships, named after the late veteran Hawthorne actress and director, have been presented  annually since 1992.  One hundred forty-five students have received grants totaling more than $68,000. 

The purpose of these grants is to: 1) further community arts in general,  2) encourage high school students to become involved in community theatre and 3) increase youth involvement in Hawthorne Players.  Applicants should have demonstrated talent, interest and effort in the performing arts, especially in the community.  Participation in Hawthorne Players and other community theatre and music productions will be considered.

The minimum individual scholarship amount awarded will be $250.  Depending on the number and quality of applicants, multiple scholarships may be awarded, and individual awards may be made in excess of $250.


Interested North St. Louis County students should email a single PDF document by April 1, 2024 to that contains the following:

1) Your name, address and email address, phone, and high school

2) Information about your 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 the life of a community.

4) Your college/post high school plans

Also ask ONE high school theatre, music or other performing arts teacher to send a recommendation as a PDF document by April 1, 2024 to:  

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

Apply by April 1, 2024

No late submissions accepted.

Cordie Matulewic

Pattonville H.S.

Not pictured:

Sarah Nelson

Pattonville H.S.