Scholarship fund applications now open for DISD music students
Deadline to apply: February 3, 2017
Online applications are now available for Dallas ISD student musicians who are current students or alumni of the Fine Arts Chamber Players’ free music education programs, or who are graduating seniors or alumni of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA). Longtime FACP supporters Don and Norma Stone made a $500,000 gift in June 2016 endowing the Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund to provide college scholarships for the recipients to pursue degrees in music. Established at the Dallas Foundation, the Fund is named in honor of Rogene Russell, the artistic director and co-founder of FACP.
Applications are available at DallasFoundation.org under “For Students” and are due February 3, 2017. FACP has selected a committee to review applications and award scholarship funds in early 2017. The committee is composed of representatives from FACP, Southern Methodist University, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, BTWHSPVA, the Dallas Foundation, and the local philanthropic community. Over the past few months, Mr. and Mrs. Stone have also helped secure additional contributions for the Fund from other arts education supporters across Dallas. The Fund now exceeds $620,000 in scholarship money.
Ms. Russell founded FACP in 1981, and for nearly four decades has dedicated herself to organizing free chamber music concerts and free in-school music education for hundreds of thousands of North Texas residents.
“Rogene has made us aware that there are musically gifted, highly talented students in Dallas who need mentoring and financial assistance to reach their musical potential,” Mr. Stone explained. “The fund can provide some of their needed financing each year. Musical genius needs to be supported.”
The Rogene Russell Scholarship Fund is open for additional contributions of any amount. More information on contributing to the Fund may be found at DallasFoundation.org under “I’d like to Give to a Fund.”