Supporting Careers in Fine Arts for Aspiring Students!


Musicians, dancers and vocalists looking to pursue performance or teaching….


Your aspirations may be to become a rising star, or you may be drawn to technical aspects of theater….



Perhaps your artistic skill is in creative writing or painting…

Visual Arts

You have an eye for visual impact….

This Year’s Scholarship Recipients:

Jacqueline Boelkow

Jacqueline Boelkow

Pursuing BFA in Musical Theater

Jacqueline Boelkow is a 2012 graduate of Hartford Union High School and is currently attending UW Stevens Point for her BFA in Musical Theatre. This summer Jacqueline will be studying abroad in London, England with her theatre department for the month of June. She was also selected as one of 42 people from around the world to study with the Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC) in Prague, Czech Republic for the month of July. While at PSC she will be studying the original pronunciation of Shakespeare’s works through scene studies and voice work. She will also study clowning, mask work, hand to hand and armed stage combat , and Baroque dance with master teachers from around the world. Each student selected for the program will also be cast in one professional production produced by the Prague Shakespeare Company during their summer season. You can stay updated with her travels through her blog “Postcards from Prague” at

Josie DeRosa

Josie DeRosa

Pursuing a Vocal Performance Degree

Josie DeRosa is a 2017 graduate of Hartford Union High School, and is pursuing a Vocal Performance degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She eventually wants to double major in performance and English. Music has always been an instrumental part of Josie’s life, and more than anything she enjoys sharing the magic of music with those around her. She can’t wait to participate artistically at the college level, and is ever so grateful to the Hartford Players for the support they’ve given her growing up, as well as for awarding her this scholarship to help her chase her dreams.

The Hartford Players group remains dedicated to furthering young people’s education, particularly in the arts. Their volunteer productions help fund a scholarship program that annually awards scholarships to at least two students pursuing some type of higher education in the arts.

“Thank you again and again for your financial support over the last four years, but also for the emotional support you have given me since my very first Hartford Players Show …” ~ Scholarship Recepient ~

“Dear Hartford Players, I would like to thank you so much for awarding me the Don Friedemann Scholarship. I greatly appreciate that you chose me and enjoyed my advertising campaign. If you need any help …please call. Thank You!” ~ Scholarship Recepient ~

“This semester was definitely a challenge, but I managed to stay on top and maintain my 4.0. I am pretty proud to say I’ve accomplished that with 2 jobs, 15 credits, extra curricular activities (Habitat for Humanity), two majors, and a minor. As I am proceeding onward in my education, my passion for the arts seems to grow. I am excited for what the future holds. Again, thank you for your generous donation to my education, I truly appreciate it, and would not be where I am without your contribution. Thank You!” ~ Scholarship Recepient ~