Vincent Legacy Scholars Celebrated on Stage
2017-10-08 CATEGORY: Education
Three aspiring young performers were presented Vincent Legacy Scholarships on the Starlight Theatre stage Saturday, Sept. 9 in front of audience members gathered to see Grease. Recognized as 2017 scholarship recipients were Carwin Cooper of Kansas City, Kan., Lauren Howard of Lee’s Summit, and Bianka Morgan of Kansas City, Mo.
Carwin completed 7th grade at Arrowhead Middle School last May, Lauren finished 8th grade at Bernard Campbell Middle School, and Bianka was a 6th-grade student at Kansas City Academy. Each received $2,500 scholarships to help fund professional training in the performing arts.
Carwin’s passion lies in acting; he has performed in several school productions and, last spring, played the role of Travis in A Raisin in the Sun at the Kansas City Rep. Lauren is a skilled singer, plays several instruments and aspires to study at The Juilliard School someday. Bianka loves to sing and act and plans to use her scholarship to further pursue both interests.
Starlight president and CEO Rich Baker was joined by Amy Reinert, Starlight’s director of education, to make the scholarship presentations to the three students. Also, returning to the stage for the celebration were the two young ladies who received Vincent Legacy Scholarships in 2016, as well as Courtney Germany, one of the program’s very first scholarship recipients and a member of the ensemble cast of Grease.
2017 was the 12th anniversary of the Vincent Legacy Scholarship program, which is provided by Starlight and local community leaders Greg and Rebecca Reid. The financial need-based scholarships are awarded annually to minority youth in grades 6, 7 and 8 who display talent and passion for the performing arts. To qualify for the scholarships, applicants also must have good grades, a good school attendance record and interest or experience in community service.
Since the program was founded, 32 scholarships have been awarded with a total value of $77,500.
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