4 Students Receive Vincent Legacy Scholarships
2018-06-04 CATEGORY: Education
The number of Vincent Legacy Scholarship recipients in the Kansas City area increased by four in mid-May when Starlight Theatre staff, board members, donors Greg and Rebecca Reid and representatives of Royals Charities delivered the good news to deserving middle school students.
To award this year’s $2,500 Vincent Legacy Scholarships, the Starlight contingent visited middle schools in the Northland, Grandview, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Surprise in-school presentations were made to:
- Erica Brown, Grandview Middle School. A love of singing and performing makes this seventh-grade student stand out. Erica has been singing at home, school and church since she was a young child, and, since moving to Missouri from Florida last year, she has continued to excel. Erica landed the lead role in Annie Jr. at her school, entertains fellow students on Talent Tuesdays, and is an active participant in all of her classes. She aspires to be an arts instructor in the future.
- Natalia Castaneda, Congress Middle School. Having just completed eighth grade, Natalia is recognized as a talented performer and natural leader. She has shared her vocal talents with many people, singing the National Anthem at Royals and T-Bones games, boxing matches (she boxes, too!) and at special events in the Park Hill School District. Natalia excels in mixed choir, band and talent shows.
- James Hawkins, D.D. Eisenhower Middle School. The youngest of this year’s scholars, sixth-grader James’ love of acting made him an ideal choice. A visit to a Disney on Ice show at age 4 gave James the performance bug. Since then, he has participated in school choir, band and musicals and was selected as the first and only sixth-grade member of the Voices of Change Youth Choir in Kansas City, Kan. He aspires to be a professional actor and singer on Broadway someday.
- Tahraji Milsap, Ewing Marion Kauffman School. A multi-talented performer and excellent student, Tahraji just completed eighth grade. Writing and singing her own songs since age 10, Tahraji has also been working hard to improve her dance skills with Alvin Ailey training and her acting skills by performing with the Legacy Foundation during the summer months. She hopes to pursue a career in the arts.
Since 2006, a total of 36 Vincent Legacy Scholarships have been awarded with a combined value of $87,500. These need-based scholarships provide ethnically diverse youth who show performing arts promise the opportunity to further refine and improve their skills through professional instruction.
Vincent Legacy Scholarships are awarded annually to qualifying youth in sixth, seventh or eighth grade. To be eligible to apply, students must be ethnically diverse, maintain a minimum “B” (3.0) grade point average, be free of unexcused school absences and show a demonstrated interest in community service.