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> BART Announces 2017 Scholarship in the ARTS Recipients

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BART, in partnership with Dickens Parlour Theatre, awards $6,000 in Scholarships to local area Students in the ARTs.

Bethany Beach, DE July 11, 2017—This month the Bethany Area Repertory Theater (“BART”) will disburse $6,000 in scholarships, awarded this spring to local area high school students who will pursue a degree in the arts at their selected institutions of higher learning. This is the second year that BART, in partnership with the Dickens Parlour Theatre, has provided scholarships to deserving students who have achieved excellence in the arts, in addition to academic excellence.

A total of six recipients from various high schools across Sussex County won the $1,000 Scholarships in the ARTs. Graduating senior winners are Phoebe W. Callard (Cape Henlopen H.S. | Pace University), Daniel S. Keenan (Sussex Central H.S. | Univ of N.C. Winston-Salem School of the Arts), Heidi M. Knutsen (Cape Henlopen H.S. | University of Delaware), Micaela E. Reyes (Sussex Academy | Univ. of Central Florida), Kerinne E. Walls (Indian River H.S. | Towson University), and Tamia J. Williams (Sussex Central | Washington College).

The Scholarship in the ARTs was created to support the educational aspirations of local high school students who have a passion for the arts— a primary objective of the nonprofit theater company. To keep a focus on this objective, in 2015 the BART Board approved a major initiative referred to as “20-by-20”. Under the program, BART will award 20 scholarships by the end of their 2020 theatrical season. Well on their way, BART with Dickens has now awarded a total of $9,000 (nine scholarships) under the initiative.

“It has been a very rewarding experience evaluating the applications received for the scholarships, and it has been challenging to pick from the best of the best,” said Robert Ravida, BART Scholarship Program Director. “Having the opportunity and honor to meet these exceptional young adults to celebrate their success is a pleasure beyond words.” “It is the contributions of our patrons who attend the BART productions, and those that contribute earmarked donations to the Scholarship Fund, that enable us to provide several student scholarships annually,” said Jeff Martini, President of BART.  ”It is to you that we owe thanks for your continued support of another successful season.”

BART will open it's 2017—18 season with Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in September. Stay tuned as BART will perform in a country setting through a new partnership to be announced this summer. Follow them at facebook.com/BARTinBethany.