Seniors Parker Kaeding (Stage Management) and Rebecca West (Acting) and junior Cole McElwain (Acting) each received Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations. The three students were nominated by our Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) respondent and Judy Myers, Theatre and Dance department chair, for their performances in “She Loves Me.” The students are now eligible to audition for the scholarship at the KCACTF in January 2020.
From the KCACTF website:
The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually. One nominee and partner from every region will be invited to the national festival, and the nominee will receive a $500 scholarship. The runner-up in each region will receive a $500 scholarship, but will not attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarship. Students and coaches are encouraged to consult their regional chair or regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Coordinator for information on other regional awards. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships are, indeed, scholarships; so the Foundation disburses the award through a school designated by the winner, to pay tuition and fees for further education, not necessarily limited to theatre arts.