Historic Fayette Theater
P.O. Box 448, Fayetteville, WV 25840 304-574-4655
The Susanna Adams Neil Performing Arts Fund
The Historic Fayette Theater is proud to offer educational opportunities to the Fayette County community through the Susanna Adams Neil Scholarship Fund. The fund has recently been expanded. While applicants can still apply for a one-time college scholarship, the fund has been extended to include other projects that will allow Fayette County students to experience the performing arts.
The fund was established in the name of the late Susanna Neil, an excellent musician and music director. She was most well-known to audiences at the Historic Fayette Theater for her work as the Music Director of the popular Smoke on the Mountain. “Susanna’s gift was to bring a cast together and give individuals confidence in their own musical abilities,” stated HFT Artistic Director Gene Worthington. “We think this is a fitting tribute to her dedication to the performing arts.”
Applicants should:
  1. Apply by June 1st of each year.
  2. Apply for up to $500 for a one-time college scholarship and up to $250 for any other project.
  3. Submit a letter of intent with a description of how they will use the money.
  4. Include the Historic Fayette Theater in all publicity or allow the Theater to publicize the award.
The criteria for a college scholarship are:
  1. Be a current student or a graduate of Fayette County School.
  2. A prospective freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in college may apply for a one-time scholarship to a college or university if he or she is majoring in the performing arts.
  3. Have at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  4. The money will be sent directly to the college of your choice in the student’s name.
Once a year, applications other than college scholarships will be accepted in the following areas:
  1. High school or middle school teachers can apply for money to fund a play production in their school. The money can be used for royalties, sets or costumes.
  2. High school drama groups attending state, regional or national competitions.
  3. New River Youth Symphony and Chorus
  4. Other projects that encourage students to become involved in the theatrical arts.
The application should include:
  1.  Cover letter requesting the funds and stating all contact information such as address, phone and email.
  2. A short essay stating what they are hoping to accomplish and what the money will be used for. If applying for a scholarship, please state why you are majoring in the performing arts, what your goals are and how you will use the money. Also, please tell us what extracurricular activities have been in the past.  If applying for a school project, state what the money will be specifically used for and how you plan to acknowledge the Historic Fayette Theater. This does not need to be more than half a page, but does need to tell us your goals and how you will use the money. 
  3. Both the cover letter and short essay must be typewritten.
The Board of Directors of the Historic Fayette Theater will carefully consider all applications and fund as many as two projects a year. The Historic Fayette Theater reserves the right to select projects based on the quality of the application. 
Once awarded funds, the successful applicant should:
  1. Write a letter to the Historic Fayette Theater verifying that that money was spent as requested.
  2. This short letter is due three months after completion of the project.
  3. For schools or organizations, receipts for purchases are required at end of project.
The Historic Fayette Theater fund will not consider the following:
  1. Individual or group music, dance or theater lessons.
  2. Church dramatic programs.
  3. Music for school or church choirs.
Anyone interested in applying to the Susanna Adams Neil Performing Arts Fund at the Historic Fayette Theater should contact the theater at (304) 574-4655, write to the theater at P.O. Box 448, Fayetteville, WV 25840 or email at:  hft@historicfayettetheater.com   
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