This scholarship fund was established to support the development of outstanding students from Freestone County schools who excel in The Arts and are enrolled in accredited educational programs leading to careers in The Arts. It is our vision that the award of these scholarships will continue to be a major feature of the Council's work. Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) will award four annual scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to graduating high school seniors.
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Lane Stripling Memorial Scholarship - Outstanding community leader Lane Stripling was a true visionary. A talented architect, he was a major inspiration for the forming of Trinity Star Arts Council. A charter member of the Board of Directors, he served in that capacity for a short time prior to his death. TSAC honors Lane’s memory by perpetuating his dream of providing arts opportunities for the youth of our community.
Kenny Dorham Memorial Scholarship - Kenny Dorham, well-known performer, band leader and composer, was a native of Freestone County. He became one of the great jazz trumpeters whose worldwide performances helped to define the jazz style known as bebop and wrote one of the genre’s most popular standards, “Blue Bossa.” TSAC salutes Dorham for his leadership and outstanding accomplishments, not only through this scholarship, but also in an annual jazzfest bearing his name. Dorham’s legacy and memory will be honored through the awarding of this scholarship.
George Drayton Boyd III Scholarship – Outstanding theater director George Drayton Boyd III has brought over 40 years’ experience to TSAC’s community theater. His professional background in theater, as well as his creative energy and enthusiasm, is unrivaled and includes directing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, national and international touring companies and at various regional theaters. A native of Teague, Boyd has collaborated with the Arts Council to produce several dramatic and musical productions, including the classic “Arsenic & Old Lace” and, more recently, “Ring of Fire” and “ALWAYS, Patsy Cline.” He is currently serving as a TSAC board member. This scholarship honors Mr. Boyd’s tremendous contributions to The Arts in our community.
Dare to Dream Scholarship - A motivational lecture series entitled “Dare to Dream” inspired this scholarship when its creator Mary Wilson presented the program to students of Fairfield High School as part of TSAC’s 2013 Kenny Dorham Jazzfest. Ms. Wilson is best known as a founding member of the world-famous female trio, The Supremes. The legendary singer’s career continues as she performs and promotes her educational program for young people around the world, emphasizing the need for personal perseverance to achieve goals despite obstacles in their lives. She says, “What is important, first of all, is you must dare to dream and then you’ve got to work hard to make this dream come true.”