Jim Stone Scholarship Applications Being Accepted
Here's an announcement especially for graduating seniors, about a scholarship program that's near and dear to my heart - The Jim Stone Scholarship. First, the announcement:
The First Stage Theatre Company is now accepting applications for its annual Jim Stone Scholarship.The award means a lot to me because I worked with Jim Stone on a couple of projects, including an original hour-long TV special, and he acted in shows that included both of my sons, and he was a great mentor to them and to other actors of all ages.
First Stage sponsors the scholarship to honor the memory of Jim Stone, a distinguished local actor and a longtime supporter of and mentor to local children in the performing arts.
A $1000 scholarship is available to an entering freshman or current full-time student who is studying dramatic or performing arts at a college, university or certified school of the performing arts.
The deadline for entries is Monday, August 10, 2009.
Applicants must have been involved with at least one First Stage Theatre Company show, either on-stage (as a performer) or off-stage (as a member of the tech crew).
Applicants must send a transcript of their last year’s schooling, a list of the shows they’ve been in and a short essay (no more than 300 words) on why the applicant is planning to study dramatic or performing arts.
Applications should be sent to: First Stage Scholarships, c/o Nancy Newfeld, 3 Stratford Way, Huntington, WV 25705. For more information, call 304-736-4366.
He was a great guy, and I'm glad First Stage honors his memory with this award.
The award has actually changed a little bit - when it was first created, it was designed as a $250 scholarship that would be awarded once a year for four years - so the winner would get a total of $1000 in scholarship money.
At its most recent meeting, the First Stage board of directors voted to make a slight change to the scholarship, so it's a one-time, $1000 award. The previous award winners will get the balance of their winnings this year, too.
If you know of a student who's eligible, have them apply!