Dallas – For the eighth consecutive year, the Thompson & Knight Foundation has awarded $20,000 in academic scholarships to senior students of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (“BTW”). Four individual scholarships, each in the amount of $5,000, were awarded to graduating seniors from each of the school’s clusters – Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts.
“Our Arts Magnet scholarships support the nationally renowned Booker T. Washington High School, the accomplished students who receive the scholarships, and the promotion of arts and culture,” said Sharon M. Fountain, Chair of the Thompson & Knight Foundation. “For the eighth year in a row, we are pleased to award these scholarships as part of our longstanding commitment to the communities we serve.”
This year’s scholarship recipients are Alexa Luckey (Theater), Rachel Lulseged (Music), Zane Unger (Dance), and Bethany Wolfe (Visual Arts). Scholarship recipients are nominated by faculty and selected by a committee comprised of representatives from Thompson & Knight and the BTW Advisory Board Directors.
Alexa Luckey, a proud alumna of BTW, had the pleasure of serving as President of the National Honor Society and Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta during her senior year. Additionally, she was an active member of the International Thespian Society, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and other organizations. This summer, she plans to resume The Be Me Anti-Bullying Tour, perform at the Riverfront Jazz Festival, and prepare for college. In the fall, Alexa will attend Stanford University and double major in Theatre and Performance Studies and Political Science. Professionally, Alexa will pursue a career as an actress.
Rachel Lulseged graduated from BTW in May 2017. She is incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity to be surrounded and stimulated by the creative and supportive environment BTW offers. For the past four years, Rachel was been a part of the Dallas Symphony’s Young Strings program where she had the opportunity to take free private lessons from Dallas Symphony cellist John Myers. She was a part of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic Orchestra for two years where she learned from many young, talented musicians from the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. These programs will forever have an everlasting impact on the artist and young professional she is today. Last summer, she was proud to be a part of the inaugural season of the National Youth Orchestra Two with Carnegie Hall as well as attend Apple Hill’s chamber music festival for the first time. This summer, she plans to attend the Vancouver Symphony Whistler intensive as well as Apple Hill’s chamber music festival. In the fall, Rachel will attend the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University to study cello performance under Professor Alan Stepansky. After four years of undergraduate, she hopes to continue her studies at a Master’s level and then join a major symphony. Rachel looks forward to the journey just as much as the arrival point.
Zane Unger is a recent alumni of BTW in the Dance cluster. He is a former member of Repertory Dance Company I & II. Zane began his dance training at the age of two and has continued growing ever since. Throughout his career, he has worked with countless amazing choreographers, such as Aszure Barton, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Dwight Rhoden, Lar Lubovitch, and many more. Last summer, Zane attended The Juilliard School Summer Dance Intensive where he studied various styles of dance, and this summer he will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel to attend the Batsheva Summer Dance Intensive and study the Gaga technique for two weeks. This fall, Zane will attend The Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York City. There he will experience the superior quality of its education and artistic training while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Bethany Wolfe is a recent graduate of the Visual Arts department at BTW. In the fall, she will attend Syracuse University to study illustration with a minor in Sociology or Psychology. She hopes to apply these studies to children’s books or magazines. This summer, she is working at the Bluffs, a part of Pine Cove Camp, counseling one to four year olds. After camp, Bethany will work on completing commission pieces and stay involved in the youth ministry at her church.