PHOTO: Scene during 2019 Basie Awards presentation
RED BANK – The Count Basie Center for the Arts has announced the availability of its annual Arts Impact scholarships available to Monmouth County high school seniors graduating in 2020.
The Basie will proudly offer three scholarships: the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth County Freeholders Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education and the Amy Giinther Fredericks Music Education Scholarship. The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall. Each will provide a recipient a scholarship towards their freshman year of higher education.
Also available is the Bank of America Power of the Arts Award, which awards $2,500 to a graduating senior who best demonstrates the impact of the arts on their life.
Students may apply for each scholarship by visiting https://thebasie.org/arts-impact-scholarships, populating the application form and creating an official entry packet, consisting of an essay, resume and two personal recommendations. The thesis of the essay and spirit of the Basie’s Arts Impact Scholarship program is “The Impact of The Arts in My Life.” Applicants may submit their entire packet via this link, or print the application form for submission via U.S. mail. Deadline for this year’s applications is 4pm on Friday, March 23, 2020. Recipients will be announced onstage at the 14th annual Basie Awards on Wednesday, May 20, 2019. The Basie Awards, sponsored by Bank of America, recognize excellence in Monmouth County high school theatre.
“We’re proud and excited to continue our support of the Basie Awards and present the Bank of America Power of the Arts Award. The Basie Awards celebrate the power and importance of arts education for students in our local community,” said Alberto Garofalo, New Jersey President, Bank of America.
“We’re grateful to Bank Of America, Moser-Toboada, and the Monmouth County Freeholders for funding this year’s series of scholarships and awards,” said Yvonne Lamb-Scudiery, Vice President, Education, Count Basie Center for the Arts. “We know that the arts play a significant role in the development of all minds – from actual artists to the scientists or doctors of tomorrow. These awards seek to recognize those who have experienced for themselves the engaging power of the arts.”
2020 BASIE AWARDS – SPRING MUSICALS
The Count Basie Center for the Arts has also announced a record 30 high school spring productions which will be evaluated as part of the year’s Basie Awards:
Christian Brothers Academy: Footloose
Communications High School (Wall): The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Colts Neck High School: The Addams Family
Collier High School: Man of La Mancha
Freehold Borough High School: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Freehold Township High School: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying
Henry Hudson High School: Little Shop Of Horrors
High Technology High School (Lincroft): Freaky Friday
Holmdel High School: Into The Woods
Howell High School: Bring It On
Keansburg High School: Freaky Friday
Long Branch High School: Les Miserables
Manalapan High School: Mamma Mia
Marlboro High School: James and the Giant Peach
Matawan Regional High School: Big Fish
Mater Dei Prep: Newsies
Middletown High School North: Chicago
Middletown High School South: Mamma Mia
Monmouth Regional High School: Mamma Mia
Neptune High School: Little Shop Of Horrors
Ocean Township High School: Chicago
Ranney School: Little Shop Of Horrors
Raritan High School: Mamma Mia
Red Bank Catholic High School: Legally Blonde
Red Bank Regional High School: Beauty and the Beast
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School: Footloose
St. John Vianney High School: Bye Bye Birdie
St. Rose High School: Into The Woods
Trinity Hall: Sister Act
Wall High School: Beauty and the Beast