Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts Announces its 2014 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship Program
Tampa, Fla. – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) is pleased to announce its 2014 Charlie Hounchell Art Stars scholarship program. Each year, the TBBCA awards $15,000 in scholarships to Bay Area students based on artistic ability in the fields of instrumental music, vocal music, theatre, dance, visual arts and literary arts. Rising High School Juniors and graduating Seniors from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties are invited to apply.
The Application and Guidelines are available for download at www.tbbca.org. Interested parties can also contact the TBBCA offices at 813-221-2787 to request a hard copy. Applications must be emailed, mailed or delivered to the TBBCA office by 4:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014. There is no fee to apply. Six students will be awarded $2,500 to be used for tuition at the college, university or professional arts training program of their choice.
The TBBCA is proud to support young artists with The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship. Previously named the High School Art Stars Scholarship, the program has been renamed to honor the TBBCA’s former Board President, Charlie Hounchell, who passed away unexpectedly in 2013. The scholarship program was developed and championed by Hounchell in 2007 and has since awarded $92,500 to Bay area students who wish to continue their educations and pursue careers in the arts.
TBBCA will announce the 2014 winners in early April. The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship program is a wonderful benefit to our community and all eligible students are encouraged to apply!
2013 Art Stars: 1) Nicholas Hathaway, a graduate of Palm Harbor University High School, won the scholarship for Literary Arts. He is currently attending Tufts University in Medford, MA. 2) Cameron MacMillan, a graduate of Seminole High School, won the scholarship for instrumental music. He is currently attending Florida State University in Tallahassee. 3) Sasha Alvarez, a graduate of Howard W. Blake High School, won the scholarship for Dance. Sasha currently attends Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. 4) Sydney Harber, a graduate of Durant High School, won the scholarship for Theatre. Sydney currently attends St. John’s River State College in Palatka, FL. 5) Adam Willard, a graduate of J.W. Mitchell High School, won the scholarship for Vocal Music. He currently attends The Patel Conservatory in Tampa with plans to attend University in the fall. 6) Autumn Berlin, a graduate of Seminole High School, won the scholarship for Visual Arts. She currently attends St. Petersburg College.
The Charlie Hounchell Art Stars Scholarship is sponsored by individual and corporate donations. Major contributors include Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride; Stephen Gay, Linda & Michael Connelly, Premier Eye Care and the Tampa Bay Times. For sponsorship opportunities call 813-221-2787.
Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts is a nonprofit organization with the mission to unite Tampa Bay businesses to champion arts and culture for a prosperous community. This is achieved through advocacy, research, targeted communications, scholarship funds and providing access to cultural programming. TBBCA was founded in 1989 as an affiliate of the National Business Committee for the Arts, which in 2008 merged with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.