HFA awards four post-secondary scholarships to local students for the coming school year



Main photo: (From left) Anna Temple, Jack Gaughan and Shaman Johann all received HFA scholarships this year. Not pictured: recipient of the Kareen Burns HFA scholarship, Keelan Smith (supplied)

When school starts this year, some students will begin their post-secondary studies with the support of Huntsville Festival of the Arts through their annual scholarship program.

This year’s 2019 Arts Scholarships have been awarded to Shaman Johann, who will be studying Theatre Arts at the Randoph College of Performing Arts, Jack Gaughan, who moves on to study guitar at Humber College, and to Anna Temple who will be studying the trumpet at Western University.

In addition, to these students, HFA is proud to support a visual arts student through the Kareen Burns HFA scholarship administered through Huntsville High School. This year the award goes to Keelan Smith who will be studying digital arts at Sheridan College.

First introduced in 1997, the HFA Scholarship Awards were launched to foster the development of performing arts talent in our community. While the scholarships were originally available to any age group, beginning in 2012, the Festival decided to direct the $1,000 awards only to senior graduating high school students in recognition of the increasing cost of post-secondary education. Scholarship funds must be used towards the cost of tuition or applied towards lessons from a qualified instructor.

Since 1997, Huntsville Festival of the Arts has awarded scholarships to 45 senior students who were continuing their education in the performing arts.

“We believe that it is our responsibility to support and reinvest in the community through expanded outreach, educational programming and the scholarship programs,” indicated Dan Watson, Executive Director of Huntsville Festival of the Arts. “We have incredibly talented young people in this region and we are honoured to assist them as they develop their skills even further.”

For more information about the scholarship program or the full line-up of performances this season, visit huntsvillefestival.on.ca.

Huntsville Festival of the Arts is a registered charitable, not-for-profit organization with a goal to further develop the community’s appreciation of the arts by providing an eclectic mix of performances and exhibitions presented in a variety of venues throughout the area and involving performers of local, national, and international stature.

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1 Comment

  1. Unfortunately, I am only acquainted with one of your winners. But if the other 3 are anywhere near as worthy as Jack; then you have, indeed, chosen well. I have enjoyed listening to Jack (both alone, and with Grace and the band) for more than 2 years now. Either I seek him out or he seeks me out, before or after performances. And despite how outstanding he is as a musician, he is an even better young man. I wish him all the best in his post-secondary endeavours.

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