In 1963, a fund was established in honor of Professor Emeritus William G. Hennessy (hon. Litt.D., 1967), the income of which is awarded to students interested in drama, on the basis of talent, academic achievement, and financial need. After a brief career as a professional actor, Hennessy came to UNH in 1923 as an English instructor, Director of Dramatics, and Debating Coach. Until his retirement in 1961, he was the chief factor in the founding and development of the University's dramatics activities. The experimental theater-in-the-round arena in the Paul Creative Arts Center was named for him in 1962. The Financial Assistance Center receives recommendations from the Chairperson of the Department of Theater and Dance.