Applications open for CTA Scholarship

Our CTA family loves this time of year—it’s when we announce applications are now being accepted for our annual Miriam Wolfe Scholarship! After years of working with our graduating seniors, many of whom have been part of CTA since they were elementary schoolers, we love being able to send a few of them off to college with a little bit of financial assistance.

This 32-year tradition, which is supported by concession sales at CTA events throughout the year, was established in honor of CTA alumna Miriam Wolfe, who died in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Thanks to concession sales, CTA is able to give a $1,500 scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship to two CTA graduates who have participated fully and given back to the organization.

Are you a graduating senior interested in applying? Great! Here’s what you should know.

First, the requirements:

  • Complete the application

  • Be a high school senior

  • Have a 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale

  • Plan to be involved in the performing arts at the college level. This includes both artistic and technical aspects of the performing arts. (Please note: This scholarship does not require the applicant major in the performing arts to be eligible.)

If this sounds like you, here’s what you have to do:

  1. Complete the application according to directions, including the required essay questions. The use of additional pages is accepted. Do NOT include personal resumes.

  2. Provide one (1) letter of recommendation from an adult individual associated with the performing arts. The recommendation CANNOT be from a relative of the applicant.

  3. Submit the completed application, essays, and letter of recommendation electronically to by the April 1 deadline. (please note, there are no exceptions to this deadline). (For full details about the application process, click here.)

Scholarship recipients, who are selected by the CTA scholarship committee, will receive their scholarship check and an autographed copy of the book Miriam’s World — And Mine, written by Miriam Wolfe’s mother, Rosemary Mild. Presentation of scholarship awards are tentatively planned for senior night during a performance of spring 2021’s Frozen Jr.

Last year, CTA was thrilled to present our $1,500 scholarship to Annabelle Cotton, a 2020 graduate of Severna Park High School, who participated in CTA since 2014 and finished up her time on our stage playing the role of Kala in 2019’s Tarzan.

"CTA has gifted me the opportunity to stand on a stage, but it’s done much more than just that. It’s given me a family, confidence, and love. It’s forever changed my life," Cotton wrote in her application essay.

CTA was equally thrilled to present its $1,000 scholarship to Matthew Beagan, a 2020 graduate of The Severn School, who was involved with CTA since 2010 and participated as a workshop student, a performer, and a stage crew volunteer.

"Through my experience at CTA, I learned about teamwork and what it means to support others. I can always count on my CTA theatre friends to help me any time I ask. We support each other inside and outside of the theatre," Beagan wrote in his application essay.

With so much talent and dedication in the CTA class of 2021, we can’t wait to hear from everyone. Have questions? Send an email to and we’re happy to provide more insight.

Click here to see additional requirements, get more information and download the application.