Congratulations to Rylan Pugh and Grace Wills, joint recipients of the 2020 Stephen Jones Grizzard Memorial Scholarship! Rylan and Grace were awarded their scholarships this summer by Barbara Grizzard, an HCT alumna and wife of the late Steve Grizzard (pictured, left to right: Grace Wills, Rylan Pugh, Barbara Grizzard).
Rylan is a graduate of Habersham Central High School. He was a member of the Key Club, Interact Club, Mock Trial, Drama Club Troupe 4860 (serving as Vice President), and won the prestigious "Best Actor" in the GHSA State One-Act Play Championships for his region in 2018 and 2019. Rylan also served on the Habersham Youth Leadership board. He performed most memorably on the Kollock Stage at HCT as Will Parker in our 2019 production of Oklahoma!, and is now pursuing a degree in mass communications and theatre (acting) at University of Georgia.
Grace is a graduate of Habersham Central High School. She was a member of the Drama Club Troupe 4860 (serving as President), HCHS Advocates for Special Olympics (Public Relations), and HCHS 2020 Valedictorian/STAR Student. She also attended Clarkesville School of Dance as part of their Senior Company. Grace performed at HCT in "Stocking Stuffers,” "The Nutcracker," and HCHS's One-Act performance of Failure: A Love Story, and is pursuing a double major in political science and theatre at University of Georgia.
Since 2009, Habersham Community Theater has awarded a scholarship to a deserving senior who intends to attend college in the Fall of that year and pursue a career in the performing arts. Some years, the scholarship is shared between two recipients. In 2019, the name of the scholarship was changed to the Habersham Community Theater Stephen Jones Grizzard Memorial Scholarship in honor of HCT veteran, the late Steve Grizzard.
We offer our heartiest congratulations to Rylan and Grace, and wish them both the best of luck in their UGA studies and future endeavors!
Learn more about Rylan and Grace and past scholarship recipients at https://www.habershamcommunitytheater.com/scholarship.