Thompson & Knight Foundation Awards Dallas ISD Arts Scholarships to Four Booker T. Washington High School Students

DALLAS — For the tenth consecutive year, the Thompson & Knight Foundation awarded $20,000 in academic scholarships to four graduating senior students of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts from each of the school’s clusters – Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.

“The Firm was established in Dallas in 1887 and today has offices in the Dallas Arts District. The Thompson & Knight Foundation is proud to support arts education, the school, and these students,” said Andrew Melsheimer, Chair of the Thompson & Knight Foundation. “The confidence and talent of these recipients shines through their essays and portfolios, and we are very pleased to provide an avenue to help them fulfill their dreams.”

This year’s scholarship recipients are Anecia Forbes (Theater), Katie Schuldenberg (Art/Design), Emma Sutherland (Dance), and Bakari Williams (Music).

Anecia Forbes has already embarked on her undergraduate journey. She moved to Los Angeles this summer to begin her theater studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and plans to graduate in three years.

Katie Schuldenberg, is in her fourth year of teaching art camps and classes for kids age six to eighteen at a local art studio. She will pursue dual degrees in Visual Arts and Psychology, at Boston University this fall. Her goal is to pursue a career as an art therapist combining her interests in art and human behavior.

Emma Sutherland began her summer in Washington, D.C. participating in the 55th annual Presidential Scholar National Recognition Program. She also attended the New York City Dance Alliance’s National Finale workshop as well as the Orsolina28 Forsythe/Pite dance intensive in Italy. This fall she will be attending the University of Southern California to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Human Movement Sciences.

Bakari Williams spent the month of June teaching and studying at Apple Hill Chamber Music Camp. In July he worked as a teaching assistant at Ascher Siblerstein elementary for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s youth program. This fall he will begin his collegiate studies at Michigan State University. As a Music Performance major, he will study under the principal bassist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Kevin Brown, as well as Jazz Bass legend Rodney Whitaker.