The Don Friedemann Memorial Scholarship

The Hardford Players, Ltd., theatrical orginization exists not only to bring the best in theatre to our community, but also to promote the arts of the future through scholarships. Each spring, we award two scholarships to worthy students who will be persuing post-secondary degrees in the arts.

2017’s Winners:

Josie DeRosa

Josie DeRosa

Studying Vocal Performance

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.

Jacqueline Boelkow

Jacqueline Boelkow

Studying Musical Theatre

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”.



The application form will be posted here soon.


The deadline for scholarship applications is February 1, 2018.


Hartford Union High School Students

Please also consider applying for our endowed scholarship through the HUHS Scholarship Foundation Inc. program.

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 Recipient

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 Recipient

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 Recipient