Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League




















To promote and reward involvement in high school speech and theater activities, THSSDL awards three (3), $600 Kathleen Thayer Beach Memorial Scholarships each year to deserving seniors. The recipients are not required to major or minor in speech or theatre to qualify for the scholarship. All applicants must complete the application process by the deadline mentioned below.

Scholarship Application (click to download)


The school of the applicant must be a member of the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League (THSSDL).

    1. All paperwork must be postmarked or emailed before the deadline, on the scholarship application, to the THSSDL Executive Director (mgotcher@tntech.edu).
    2. All recipients must attend the THSSDL State Tournament in April
    3. Recipients must provide written verification of enrollment in an institution of higher learning before the scholarship monies will be awarded (which will be in the form of a check to the recipient).

To apply, students must submit one (1) copy of each the following items:

    1. Completed application form
    2. A copy of their high school transcript
    3. A copy of their highest ACT and/or SAT scores
    4. Written approval of the student's speech/theatre instructor/coach
    5. Competitive speech/theatre participation form
    6. A written essay discussing the impact of high school speech and theatre activities on the student's life. The essay must be typed, double spaced and no more than 250 words.

The following formula determines scholarship recipients:

40% Competitive speech/theatre participation

20% Grades/test scores/academics

20% Written essay

20% Non-competitive speech/theatre participation

Six (6) finalists will be chosen by the Scholarship Committee of the Executive Council and THSSDL Hall of Fame members will select the three (3) recipients.

THSSDL Mailing Address


Dr. Mike Gotcher PO Box 5176
Tenn Tech University
Cookeville, TN 38505

(931) 372-6161

For general information email Dr. Mike Gotcher at mgotcher@