Community Corner: Boosters’ annual scholarship fund makes dreams a little easier to achieve
by Denise Blaszynski,
Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters president
When you arrive at your child’s or grandchild’s band or choir concert, you notice a table in the lobby where the boosters are selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Pausing for a moment, you wonder why the tickets are sold at every concert; what’s the purpose? So you reach into your wallet to make a purchase and hope that you are the lucky winner. Your monetary donation is added to a pool, which is split between the winner and the boosters. Proceeds are then earmarked for the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters Scholarship Fund.
The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters are pleased to provide scholarships for students involved in band, choir and theatre at Kaneland Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School. A total of 12 individual scholarships, one each for grades 6-11, will be awarded to a band and choir student. New this year are the addition of two scholarships awarded for students involved in theatre—one to a HMS student, and one to a KHS student. Scholarships can be used for private lessons, a music or theatre camp, or for tuition associated with a theatre production.
In addition, the boosters assist with the tuition payment for summer camps and clinics for the drum majors, color guard and Madrigals.
Scholarship applications are available from the music directors at both the middle and high school, or you may request an application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application contains four simple questions regarding the student’s interest in attending lessons or a summer camp; what they hope to learn; how will attending a camp or lessons benefit the band, choir or theatre as a whole; and why music and/theatre is important to them.
Submission deadline is Wednesday, April 24. The boosters will announce the recipients of the scholarships at the May band and choir concerts. The middle school theatre recipient will be announced on Sunday, April 28, following the KHMS production of Guys and Dolls. The high school theatre recipient will be announced following the Senior One Acts in May.
Inspiring and instructing students to reach their full potential as a musician or actor is just one of the benefits of student participation in private lessons or a music or theatre camp. The boosters’ goal is to make those dreams just a little easier to achieve through our annual scholarship fund.
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