The Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) will host the 2015 George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship Competition on Friday, April 10, at 7:00pm at the HJ Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main Street, in Greenfield. The Community Foundation invites all to share in this free, wonderful event and enjoy performances by students who are willing to share their exceptional talent!
George and Icy wanted others to be able to share their appreciation of the performing arts, so they established an endowed scholarship fund through their estate with HCCF to recognize the youth in Hancock County who enrich our lives through performance. As a result, seven high school seniors representing the four Hancock County high schools will be performing in the areas of vocal and instrumental music. The first place vocalist and instrumentalist will each receive a $4,000 scholarship. The second place scholarship awards are $3,000, third place awards $2,000, and fourth place award is $1,000. The seven performers were awarded an additional $500 scholarship each for being selected as school audition finalists and will be judged on April 10th by vocal and instrumental collegiate faculty and industry professionals. They are:
Derek Bond, Mt. Vernon
Emily Burden, New Palestine
Courtney Cochard, Mt. Vernon
Tristian Holzhausen, Eastern Hancock
Sara Langengerger, Greenfield-Central
Benjamin Maynard, Greenfield-Central
Marissa Miller, New Palestine
Back by popular demand to the Vaughn Performing Arts Competition is the People’s Choice Award. The recipient of this award will be voted upon by the audience. They will receive their own trophy and their school will receive a large traveling trophy engraved with the recipient’s name. Most importantly, the People’s Choice Award Winner will be able to recommend an area of funding within the Performing Arts Department at their respective school to receive a $500 grant. The public is encouraged to attend this free community event, vote for their favorite performance, and support performing art education in our schools! Last year, Glen Axthelm recommended the New Palestine Band Department for the $500 People’s Choice Award grant.
You won’t want to miss a performance by the 2015 Greenfield Idol winner, Jamie McDowell, during the scholarship competition intermission.