Morrison Center Announces $50,000 Scholarship for Boise State Theatre Students
The Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Boise State University, announced the establishment of a $50,000 endowed scholarship fund for theatre arts students. The announcement comes on the cusp of a public Celebration presented in honor of the late Velma V. Morrison who passed away in June at the age of 92. "University theatre students work in all aspects of our venue operations, from ushers to backstage," said James Patrick, the Center's Executive Director. "The Center plays an instrumental role in each theatre student's curriculum practicum and the students play an integral role in our ongoing success as a world-class performing art center. Having taught in the Theatre Department, I know first-hand just how important it is to support young people interested in pursuing the performing arts. Like the Center's affordable summer camps and family-friendly presentations, we see this new scholarship fund as an extension of our growing, mission-based education and outreach efforts."
Distributions from the fund will benefit junior or senior, full-time theatre arts students in good standing. Preference may be given to students who volunteer at the Center and/or who actively participate in the Center's and Theatre Department's activities in the academic year of the award. "This is a remarkable gift to our program that recognizes the hard work, training, and potential of our best theatre arts majors," said Richard Klautsch, Chair of the Theatre Arts Department. "This is a generous and far sighted investment that not only underlines the Morrison Center's commitment to education and the value of performing arts education at Boise State, but also celebrates the strong working relationship between the Center and the Theatre Arts Department. This gift creates a real opportunity for our students."
There is a substantial need for developing scholarship funding for college students of all disciplines, but particularly the arts. The Humanities play an essential role in our culture. As Idaho's premier performing arts center, the Morrison Center's mission is to play a leadership role in advancing the arts in our community through both programmatic and arts education efforts. To fulfill its mission, the Center receives ongoing operational support from the Morrison Center Endowment Foundation, Inc."Theatre is a highly collaborative and complex art form," said Tony Roark, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "The performance that an audience enjoys is the product of very many people working in concert with one another over extended periods of time. This gift beautifully illustrates that cooperative spirit, and the College of Arts and Sciences applauds the Morrison Center for its vision and generous support of Theatre Arts students."
Individuals wishing to contribute to this fund can do so by contacting the following:
Make Check payable to:
Boise State University Foundation
2225 University Drive
Boise, Idaho 83706
Designated for the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts Scholarship in Theatre Arts.
OR Via Credit Card: https://giving.boisestatefoundation.org