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Fun City Chorus Scholarship Honorees 2017

Wayne Steward
Memorial Scholarship

Vernon McCarthy
Memorial Scholarship

Bill James
Honorary Scholarship

Courtney DeVane

Courtney DeVane is a senior at Lakeside High School and will be attending the University of Arkansas in the fall. Courtney has been a member of the Lakeside Choir Program for five years, spending two years as a member of the Lakeside Chamber Singers. She has served as a Choir Officer for multiple years and has served as Choir President her senior year. She made All Region Choir for four years, All State Choir for three years, and All Region First Chair for two consecutive years. Courtney is also the current Miss Greater Hot Springs competing in the upcoming Miss Arkansas Pageant where she shares her passion for music education through her platform, Keeping School smART: Promoting the Arts in Schools.

Melissa Romero

Melissa Romero is a senior at Jessieville High School. She is the president of both the Key Club and the Jessieville High School Choir. In her spare time, she performed in numerous productions with the Hot Springs Village Players. In the fall, she will be attending the University of Central Arkansas with a major in theatre.

Stuart Sowerbutts

Stuart Thomas Sowerbutts is a homeschool student from Hot Springs and is an Arkansas Governor’s Distinguished Scholar. He will attend Ouachita Baptist University in the fall, where he has been accepted into the Carl Goodson Honors Program, pursuing a degree in Worship Arts.

Katie Garner

Katie Garner is a freshman at Webster University where she majors in vocal performance. She is a graduate of Lakeside High School where she performed in the Chamber Singers and various musicals and plays. As a freshman at Webster, she is a member of the University Concert Choir, which recently performed at Carnegie Hall. Recent performances include Pauline Fleming in Heathers, Webster University Opera Scenes, and the St. Louis Winter Opera production of Carmen. She will attend Webster next fall where she will continue her studies and performances.


For High School Seniors Entering College Next Fall

For more information about the Fun City Chorus Scholarshp Program,
contact Dennis Ford at  (501) 209-4049.

The Fun City Chorus intends to award annual scholarships each year to students who intend to participate in a music program at their chosen two or four year institution. Although the goal is to award four to five scholarships totaling $3000 each year, the actual number of scholarships and amount of award money may be different each year. Since 2012, the chorus has awarded over $12,000 to freshman and sophomore recipients.

These scholarships will be used for tuition, fees, and/or books only and are awarded with the intent that this lightens the financial burden of these budding musicians.

The names of the scholarship recipients will be listed here once all scholarships are accepted.

General Timeline for 2018 Scholarship Applicants

February Announcements of scholarship availability are sent to area high school counselors and music teachers.
April 10 Application deadline
April-May Applications are reviewed by the Chorus and top qualifiers are submitted to the Scholarship Selection Committee (established by the National Park Community College Foundation).
May 15 Finalists are announced.
August Scholarship funds are paid directly to the student's account at his or her college or university.