Scholarship Grants

Supporting local fine & performing arts since 1956

Our mission is to raise funds and award scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to continue their studies in the fine or performing arts in college.

Giving back to the community

Each year since 1956 the Neshaminy Valley Music Theatre has produced a full Broadway-type musical stage show. The proceeds of the production contribute to a scholarship fund which is awarded to graduating seniors of the Neshaminy School District who plan to continue their studies in the fine or performing arts.

Our most prestigious grant is the Evelyn McLean Memorial Scholarship, named for the founder of the organization. Additional scholarships are awarded annually, including the Joseph J. McGlade Memorial Scholarship, the George W. Kinsley IV Memorial Scholarship for Students of the Woodwind Instruments and the Dotti Gelenberg Memorial Scholarship as well as other grants, the number and size of which are determined by the financial success of the production.

We are very pleased to have awarded a total of two grants for 2023 and are most proud to announce the following recipients of our 2023 scholarships.

NVMT Scholarship Grants

Since its founding, NVMT has awarded more than $170,000 in scholarship grants to deserving students.

Evelyn McLean Memorial Scholarship 

Christopher Simcox

Chris’ vocational goals include performing professionally so that he may shed light on particular problems that affect the world and to help others grow, learn and become better humans through theatre and art. While applying for college admission he was granted 17 auditions at various universities that have specialized programs in theatre and was accepted in at least eleven programs. Chris will major in Musical Theatre at NYU Tisch University. He has been involved with every NHS musical and drama show throughout high school as well as numerous non-scholastic productions including off-Broadway in New York City. He was a member of the youth chorus in NVMT’s production of The Music Man. He joins his mother who, as a Neshaminy graduate, also was awarded a NVMT scholarship.

Joseph J. McGlade Memorial Scholarship

Marlene Moore

Marlene is attending Millersville University majoring in secondary English education with a theatre minor. Her vocational goal, however, is to be a drama teacher hopefully within the Neshaminy School District. She would like to be able to impact the lives of children and to use the stage to help build the confidence young people need to be the best versions of themselves. During high school, Marlene participated in Marching Band serving as president, Wind Ensemble, Indoor Percussion, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, NHS Summer Stock, the Drama Department, Tri-M Music Honors Society serving as Secretary, and NHS Musical Theatre. Marlene has a 4.2 GPA, taking Advanced Placement and Honors classes, and is a member of the National Honors Society.