The Hancock County Community Foundation will host the 2012 George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship Competition on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2:00pm at the HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts, 312 West Main Street, Greenfield. This free event is open to the public.
Fifteen high school seniors representing the four Hancock County high schools will be performing in the areas of vocal music, instrumental music and dance. First prize is a $7,000 scholarship, second prize is a $4,000 scholarship, third prize is a $3,000 scholarship, fourth prize is a $2,000 scholarship, fifth prize is a $1,000 scholarship, and each remaining participant will receive a $250 scholarship. The competition is judged by collegiate faculty and industry professionals representing the areas of music and dance.
Because George and Icy wanted others to be able to share their appreciation of the performing arts, they established a scholarship fund through their estate with the Hancock County Community Foundation to recognize the youth in Hancock County who enrich our lives through performance. Students need not be pursuing a post-secondary degree in the arts to participate.
The 2012 lineup includes performances by:
Whitney Smith, Mt. Vernon High School
Vocal – “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”
Jacob Rogers, Eastern Hancock High School
Alto Sax – “Adagio and Allegro”
Payton Cole, Greenfield-Central High School
Vocal – “Get Happy”
Allie Watson, New Palestine High School
Dance (Clogging) – “This is the Remix”
Kathryn Brock, Greenfield-Central High School
Vocal – “Sad Eyes”
Taylor Grandstaff, Mt. Vernon High School
Vocal – “I Remember by”
Jordyn Bever, Greenfield-Central High School
Bassoon – “Lyric Suite (MovementIII, IV)”
Miles Burke, New Palestine High School
Vocal – “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
Adeline Dible, Mt. Vernon High School
Dance (Classical Ballet) – “Never Let Me Go”
Samantha Lewis, New Palestine High School
Vocal – “Beauty from Pain”
Marilla Miller, Eastern Hancock High School
Vocal – “Defying Gravity”
Emily Barga, New Palestine High School
Alto Sax – “Improvisation et Caprice”
Sydera Theobald, Mt. Vernon High School
Vocal – “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”
Ryan Corlew, Greenfield-Central High School
Drum Set – “The Solo”
Emily Holliday, Eastern Hancock High School
Vocal – “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again”
The Community Foundation invites all to share in this wonderful event and enjoy performances by students who are willing to share their exceptional talent!
In 2012, HCCF celebrates 20 years of working with caring individuals, families, and organizations to help them create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $7.7 million since its inception in 1992.
The scholarship covers eight semesters of undergraduate study at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana for the purpose of obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Since its inception in 1998, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to 33 Hancock County residents.
The Hancock County Community Foundation selection committee had the very difficult task of selecting the two Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship nominees from an outstanding group of eight students (two finalists from each county school.) Once the local committee completed their evaluation of the candidates, the Community Foundation submitted the two recommended recipients and an alternate to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The six remaining finalists, who will each receive a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Hancock County Community Foundation to attend any accredited Indiana college or university, are:
- Hannah Boaz, Eastern Hancock High School;
- Carolyn Warburton, Easter Hancock High School;
- Elizabeth Coomer, Mt. Vernon High School;
- Madeline Rhinesmith, Mt. Vernon High School;
- Jennifer Niehoff, New Palestine High School; and
- Lauren Tieman, New Palestine High School.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. Jordyn and Chris will receive two of the 142 scholarships awarded statewide in 2012. “The Foundation recognizes the great privilege we have been given in the administration of Lilly Endowment’s incredible generosity. Each year, we evaluate our scholarship selection process and sharpen the skills of our school and Foundation selection committees to ensure the highest level of integrity and due diligence required in carrying out this awesome responsibility,” says Mary Gibble, Hancock County Community Foundation President.
HCCF celebrates 20 years of working with caring individuals, families, and organizations this year! Our mission is to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $8 million since its inception in 1992.