Donald H. 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. and 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 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.

For information about how you can contribute to this endowed scholarship fund,


To reflect the relationship between NSU and ACT started by Donald H. Hall, the following are prerequisite requirements to receive the scholarship: ACT or ACT/Young People’s Theatre experience, onstage or backstage, previous to the school year the scholarship is awarded; and attendance at NSU for the school year this scholarship is awarded.

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 is a requirement for receiving and retaining the scholarship for both semesters.

Note: Onstage experience is not required to be awarded this 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 recipient(s) in the fall and half in the spring semester.

Application form link is below. Please note that in addition to this application form other information is required to complete your application process.

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.

To be considered for the following school year scholarship award, applications, including all required information, must be postmarked no later than May 27.

Please direct any questions about the scholarship or application process to ACT by  or at
(605) 225-2228.

Please mail the application to:
PO BOX 813
Aberdeen, SD 57402-0813