Kelly Awards boost arts and dreams with scholarships

Saturday, 26 May 2012 11:08 PM Written by 

There were many winners at the Pittsburgh CLO Gene Kelly Awards for High School Musical Excellence tonight, among them, the audience that was witness to a night of amazing talent on the Benedum Center stage. Besides sending Avonworth's Nathan Pool and Brooke Tate to the national competition in New York City,  a bunch of seniors who work onstage and behind the scenes were rewarded with $87,000 in scholarships.

Joe McGoldrick, representing Point Park University’s Musical Theater Department, presented Adrianne Knapp of Our Lady of Sacred Heart and Brandon Martin of North Hills with a $5,000 per year, four-year scholarship to attend Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts for musical theater.

Pittsburgh CLO awarded Gene Kelly Cash Scholarships totaling $10,000 were presented to two high school seniors who have applied and been accepted to a school for the performing or technical arts. This year’s recipients are Elizabeth Faux and Zander Lyons. These merit-based scholarships are made possible through donations from Paul Block, Virginia Nicklas, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Leslie Kerr and Drew Birns Creative Arts Scholarship.

The Pittsburgh CLO Ambassadors awarded $5,000 in scholarships to two college-bound students who will be pursuing a major outside of the arts. The 2012 Ambassadors’ Scholarship winners were Hannah Devlin and David Kline.

The Pittsburgh CLO Guild awarded $4,000 scholarships to eight students who are pursuing a college education in the theater arts. The Guild presented scholarships in the name of Constance T. Rockwell and the Charity Randall Foundation to Tyler Harper, Alyssa Abraham, Gabrielle Bricker, Zander Lyons, Olivia Meyer, Savannah Spratt, Alexa Anderson and Rebecca Love.

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